Nutrition International (NI) will inject Sh30m in the next three years to fund nutrition activities in Busia County.
The NI team made the commitment when it paid a courtesy call to Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in his office on Tuesday.
NI consultant Rhoda Njuguna said the partnership will see the county Government get the funds.
“The project that will be rolled out in July 2020 will target women, children and adolescents’ nutrition needs; it will also entail community training on behavior change so that people can start addressing nutrition needs at family levels and have them start eating nutritious foods,” she said.
Ms Njuguna said four priority counties under phase one of the program include Busia, Vihiga, Nandi and Makueni.
She said an agreement between NI and the four counties will be signed in Nairobi on February 4, 2020.
She added that the main objective of the project is to address macro nutrition and anaemia among women and children.
The Governor said the issue of nutrition is serious, noting that his Government will employ more nutrition officers to help reduce stunted growth among the population.
Ojaamong said his government welcomes the partnership.
He urged county residents to stop the culture of selling eggs to buy bread, yet cassava is readily available, and false notion that fruits are only meant for markets.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said cases of stunted growth in children were rising at an alarming rate in the County at 22 per cent while malnutrition level stands at 26%.
He said poverty index which is also high in the county is as a result of poor nutrition and stunted growth.
He said a Cuban expert will be seconded to the County in February to help cut off breeding areas for mosquitoes.
Mulomi said this is aimed at reducing spread of malaria.
Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation Dr Isaac Omeri said NI helped fund the County Nutrition l Action Plan (CNAP).
He said the County will factor in Sh12m being its annual contribution to the Nutrition kitty.
The NI team included Regional Director Africa Dr Richard Pedame.
Other officers from the county present included County Secretary Nicodemus Mulaku, Finance Executive Phaustine Barasa, County Director Public Health Dr Melsa Lutomia, NI Country Director Martha Nyagaya and County Nutritionist Scolastica Nabade.