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"Food security part and parcel of tackling root causes of displacement" says Minister Müller


Minister Müller visits a green innovation centre in Kenya.

Press release of 30.03.2016 |

Bukura – A food and nutrition campaign was launched by Minister Müller in West Kenya today, where he opened a new milk processing plant.

The agricultural innovation centre built there by the BMZ will serve to improve the incomes of 15,000 smallholders and to create new jobs in food processing. The project is part of a training programme at an agricultural college. The green innovation centre will focus on potato crops and dairy farming. It will also seek to restore soil fertility.

Commenting on the opening of the plant, Minister Müller said: "With the twelve green innovation centres that we have launched in Africa, we are seeking to trigger development surges by providing entire regions with transfers of knowledge and technology. These will enable farmers to improve their harvests and achieve higher yields, so that they not only produce enough to feed themselves but can also earn a living from what they produce. We are providing support from the planting all the way to the processing. These measures will help to create a value chain as well as jobs, thus giving young people a reason to stay. In Kenya, as in other countries, young people tend to move away from poor rural areas into towns and cities. Helping to provide food security is therefore part and parcel of tackling the root causes of displacement."

West Kenya is one of the poorest regions in the country. There are some 700,000 smallholder households farming parcels of land smaller than a hectare, or 2.5 acres. The soils have become degraded by intensive use, and soil fertility is low. By rotating crops of sweet potatoes with the maize traditionally grown in the region, it will be possible to keep the soils there fertile.

Furthermore, both potatoes and milk will provide important nutrients needed to fight malnutrition, which is widespread among the region's population. The leaves, or tops, of the sweet potatoes can be used as animal fodder. And, if the dairy farmers install biogas plants, they can generate power too.

Minister Müller visits a fish farm on Lake Victoria.

Over half of Kenya's population makes a living from farming. And yet, a fifth of the population is malnourished. This is particularly true of the rural population. Commenting on this phenomenon, Minister Müller said: "Hunger is a huge scandal – but we can put an end to it. With the help of the knowledge we have, we are in a position even today to produce enough food for everyone. A world without hunger is possible!"

In the afternoon, the German delegation visited a fish farm on Lake Victoria. In a project implemented there with the support of Israel and Kenyan partners, it has been possible to train up over 8,000 farmers since 2012. The aim of the project is to provide training in sustainable fish production.

Lake Victoria's natural fish stocks have been seriously epleted. By establishing sustainable fish farms, people living there will again have a source of income, and Lake Victoria will be protected from overfishing.


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Federal Minister Gerd Müller visited the largest refugee camp of the world in Daadab, Kenya, a settlement around 100 kilometres from the border to Somalia.
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Federal Minister Gerd Müller visited the largest refugee camp of the world in Daadab, Kenya, a settlement around 100 kilometres from the border to Somalia.

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Federal Minister Müller visiting a food distribution centre in Daadab

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Minister Müller visiting the metal workshop in the vocational training centre "Bosco Boys Kuwinda" close to a slum in Nairobi, Kenya

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Students at the vocational training centre "Bosco Boys Kuwinda" where Minister Müller inaugurated a new sports field

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Federal Minister for Development Gerd Müller and Kenya's Minister for Finance at the signing of an agreement on development cooperation

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Gerd Müller visiting a stable for cows at a Green Innovation Centre in Kenya. It is used to demonstrate the advantages of keeping cows in stables rather than the sides of roads.

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At the Green Innovation Centre in Kenya, Minister Müller inaugurated a milk processing building.

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Visiting a biogas plant at the Green Innovation Centre

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The fish farmer Zinath Deen gives a tour of her fish farm near Lake Victoria. The farm also offers vocational training.

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Zinath Deen demonstrating the transportation of young fish in an airfilled plastic container

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In Tanzania, Minister Müller visited the nurse and midwife training centre of the Aga Khan University in Dar es Salaam. Here he is talking to two midwives and a student.

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Minister Müller on a tour of the nurse and midwife training centre of the Aga Khan University in Dar es Salaam

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In Tanzania, Minister Müller met religious leaders for a discussion on the situation of religious communities in the country. From left to right: Sheikh Musa Kundecha, Chair of the Independent Central Council of Muslims, Gerd Müller, Alex Malasusa, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dar es Salaam and Abdulrahman Ame, Secretary General of the Muslim Welfare Organisation Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

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Gerd Müller and Jumanne Abdallah Maghembe, Minister for the Environment and Tourism in Tanzania, hand over a light plane to the Frankfurt Zoological Society, represented here by Christof Schenck (right) and the future pilots (left). The plane is to be used by the Tanzanian Wildlife Management Authority to monitor the Selous Reserve and to fight poaching.

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Federal Minister Gerd Müller touring the harbour of Djibouti, the capital of the Djibouti

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A ship with mineral fertiliser is being unloaded by workers who bag the fertiliser and load them onto a truck

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Federal Minister Gerd Müller visited the largest refugee camp of the world in Daadab, Kenya, a settlement around 100 kilometres from the border to Somalia.

There are many children living in the refugee camp in Daadab.

Federal Minister Müller visiting a food distribution centre in Daadab

Women waiting for the distribution of food rations in the Daadab refugee camp

Minister Müller visiting the metal workshop in the vocational training centre "Bosco Boys Kuwinda" close to a slum in Nairobi, Kenya

Students at the vocational training centre "Bosco Boys Kuwinda" where Minister Müller inaugurated a new sports field

Federal Minister for Development Gerd Müller and Kenya's Minister for Finance at the signing of an agreement on development cooperation

Gerd Müller visiting a stable for cows at a Green Innovation Centre in Kenya. It is used to demonstrate the advantages of keeping cows in stables rather than the sides of roads.

At the Green Innovation Centre in Kenya, Minister Müller inaugurated a milk processing building.

Visiting a biogas plant at the Green Innovation Centre

The fish farmer Zinath Deen gives a tour of her fish farm near Lake Victoria. The farm also offers vocational training.

Zinath Deen demonstrating the transportation of young fish in an airfilled plastic container

In Tanzania, Minister Müller visited the nurse and midwife training centre of the Aga Khan University in Dar es Salaam. Here he is talking to two midwives and a student.

Minister Müller on a tour of the nurse and midwife training centre of the Aga Khan University in Dar es Salaam

In Tanzania, Minister Müller met religious leaders for a discussion on the situation of religious communities in the country. From left to right: Sheikh Musa Kundecha, Chair of the Independent Central Council of Muslims, Gerd Müller, Alex Malasusa, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dar es Salaam and Abdulrahman Ame, Secretary General of the Muslim Welfare Organisation Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

Gerd Müller and Jumanne Abdallah Maghembe, Minister for the Environment and Tourism in Tanzania, hand over a light plane to the Frankfurt Zoological Society, represented here by Christof Schenck (right) and the future pilots (left). The plane is to be used by the Tanzanian Wildlife Management Authority to monitor the Selous Reserve and to fight poaching.

Federal Minister Gerd Müller touring the harbour of Djibouti, the capital of the Djibouti

A ship with mineral fertiliser is being unloaded by workers who bag the fertiliser and load them onto a truck


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