The Kenya Red Cross Society and the National Oil Company have set up 700 greenhouses in schools around the country to boost food security.
The programme dubbed 'Greenhouses for schools project' is aimed at enlightening students the modern methods of farming. National Oil MD Sumayya Hassan Athmani said new farming methods for the students is on-going.
Speaking during the launch of the project at Kakuyuni Secondary School, Athmani said the programme will go a long way in solving perennial famine in the country. "In supporting the greenhouse schools project, National Oil seeks to empower communities with modern farming technologies that will enable them deal with the problem of food insecurity," she said.
Athmani addeda, "Greenhouse farming technology has transformed desert countries of the world including Egypt and Israel into food exporting nations. This is our objective in this project, to put our semi-arid and arid land into food productive areas," she said. The project is also funded by Anardarko Petroleum, a National Oil exploration partner company working in Lamu. The Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet said the students particularly in Coast should use the project to improve their education standards and generate and extra income in the schools.