Wednesday 12 March, 1997 -- The newspaper that serves the nation
Aga Khan unveils major initiatives Network to invest in key sectors
By CALEB ATEMI
His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, yesterday highlighted new capacity-building initiatives in Kenya and the region.
Speaking at State House, Nairobi, at a function hosted in his honour by President Moi, he said the initiatives included:
``Your current visit to Kenya comes at a time when our country is facing severe drought and famine due to insufficient rains for the last two seasons. Whereas the Government has taken adequate measures to feed those who are worst-hit by food shortages, we also call upon all our foreign friends to assist in these emergency efforts.''
He acknowledged that emergency famine relief was only a temporary measure which did not address the root cause of the problem.
It was for that reason that the Government sought to focus more on awareness building programmes like research and extension programmes for dryland farming, drought resistant crops and water harvesting technologies to minimise the impact of drought in the future.
He assured tha Aga Khan of the Government's co-operation for the smooth ``operation of your organisation''.
The Aga Khan said that although a few problems remained in Kenya, ``I see real signs of optimism spreading across the continent of Africa''.
The initiatives announced yesterday have been largely facilitated by the Accord and Protocol Co-operation for Development signed in 1992 between Kenya and the Aga Khan Development Network, which created an enabling framework for the Network's activities in social and cultural development.
The Network is a group of institutions working to improve living conditions and opportunities in specific regions of the developing world.
Its institutions have been active in East Africa since the turn of the century.
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