Kenya's Big four Agenda

20 December, 2018 | Kenya | 214 views

The ‘Big Four' agenda which guides the development agenda of the country in the period 2018-2022. It focuses on key basic needs that are critical in uplifting the standard of living of Kenyans on the path to becoming an upper middle-income country by 2030. Prioritized is affordable and decent housing, affordable healthcare, food and nutritional security, and employment creation through manufacturing. These four areas are expected to bolster strong inclusive economic growth. 
 
The agricultural sector is a major driver of the economy, but Kenya is still classified as a food deficit country. Food production has been declining due to dependence on rain-fed agriculture, low adoption of technology including biotechnology, frequent attacks by pests and crop diseases, adverse weather, degradation of agricultural land, encroachment of urbanization into arable land, and rural-urban migration of the young people. To improve on food and nutrition security, efforts are focused on promoting indigenous food consumption and diversifying the staple foodstuffs; enhancing reduction of food wastage and food loss; strengthening the supply chains and linkages to value addition; improving on food information market systems; and increasing investment especially in agriculture infrastructure. 
 
Manufacturing has the potential to advance socio-economic development through increased and diversified exports, reduced import bills and enhanced employment creation. As such, policy interventions towards promoting the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector is geared towards enhancing product diversity and complexity, improving the business environment, developing relevant infrastructure, enhancing credit and market access, strengthening technology transfer and innovation, and building an industrial culture. 
 
Upscaling of insurance scheme to all Kenyans is considered as an imperative step in realizing universal healthcare coverage. Currently, the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) only covers a small percent of the population, but other initiatives are being implemented to enhance universal healthcare coverage, including Health Insurance Subsidy Programme and Linda Mama Programme (Free Maternity Service). Partnership and collaboration between levels of government and working closely with the health service providers in the private sector is key in the realization of universal healthcare coverage. Other policy interventions could include development of adequate healthcare workforce, equitable distribution of healthcare human resources, reduction of reliance on external support, strengthening of county supply chain management systems, and enhancing coordination in disease prevention, detection and response. 
 
The Government of Kenya has identified Affordable Housing as one of the "Big Four" transformation agenda for the Nation to be implemented over the next five years. Core among them is the Delivery of 500,000 Affordable Housing Units.

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Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 02/26/2019 - 13:02

"Big Four" is a big thing for all Kenyans. Let me hope other countries will adopt the same strategy!!

Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 02/26/2019 - 13:04

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Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 02/26/2019 - 13:40

This is a wonderful road-map