From September 18 – 19, 2014 Jesuit Hakimani Centre in collaboration with Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Interreligious Council of Kenya (IRCK), Pax Romana and the Centre for Ethics and Justice of the Catholic University of Eastern African (CUEA) are hosting a high level national conference discuss and distil the findings of the study for possible policy formulation and necessary interventions on emerging issues on land tenure, property rights, food security and welfare of smallholders in their investment in profitable subsistence farming. This is critically important for the county governments to which the Senate is central.
This national conference will be held on September 18-19, 2014 at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Pope Paul VI Learning Resource Centre). This conference is about debates on the impact of climate change on food security and how locally we are prepared to innovatively develop and adopt to new strategies and interventions to mitigate the likely impact of the phenomenon in the near future. Key issues to be discussed include:
• What ways are small scale farmers likely to use to deal with a continued drop in food production due to combination of factors (market forces, climate change, change in land use, etc)?
• How are counties prepared to deal with the increasing population, exacerbated land sub-divisions and expanding urbanization?
• Should Kenyans turn to alternative foods including GMOs?
• In what ways are challenges facing farmers central to
understanding low youth involvement in agriculture and therefore increase in unemployment?
The conference will also run researched sub-themes on Communication and Conflict including sessions on:
• Whether or not Saba Saba media reporting contributed to escalating tension in the country.
• Global media reporting of the uprising of Egypt conflict.
• Whether media campaigns on HIV/AIDS have reached a saturation point.