'Kazi Mtaani' to be converted into tree planting programme- President Ruto
- More than 280,000 youths from 1,100 informal settlements across the 47 counties benefited from the 'Kazi Mtaani' programme in its first and second phases.
- Kenya is targeting to plant 5 billion trees in the next five years.
Kazi Mtaani will now be converted into a tree-planting programme, President William Ruto has said.
Speaking on Friday when he exchanged views with the business community and development partners on the drought situation in Kenya, President Ruto said the move will help address the adverse effects of climate change in Kenya.
"We have to initiate long-term resilience activities to cushion the people against drought and food insecurity," the President said.
He added that the country is sourcing for more funds to help the 20 counties facing severe drought and hunger.
"We must consolidate our solution to the situation. We are still requesting for more funds targeting more immediate response."
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Ruto further said that his administration will continue offering support to farmers to produce more food.
The President had ended 'Kazi Mtaani' last October, saying that his government is more focused on creating formal jobs for the youth.
"We have plans for our young people. I assure you that in these housing projects, all of you will be involved. We will have enough job opportunities for our young people without using them to collect garbage," Ruto said while launching a housing project in Kibra constituency.
'Kazi Mtaani' project was launched in April 2020 by former President Uhuru Kenyatta to cushion unemployed youth living in informal settlements from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than 280,000 youths from 1,100 informal settlements across the 47 counties benefited from the programme in its first and second phases.
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