Appreciating the noble causes that the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is spearheading, President Kibaki has noted that development programmes in agriculture and tourism in the country contribute directly and indirectly towards improving the living conditions of the Kenyan people.
Noting that agriculture is the backbone of Kenya ’s economy, President Kibaki has stated that the government welcomes support extended to farmers by the Aga Khan Development Network through provision of credit and planting of drought resistant crops as well as imparting of vital skills such as water harvesting.
With regard to tourism the Development Network manages world class hotels in several parts of the country which have created employment for Kenyan professionals in the hospitality industry.
Kenya’s ecotourism industry first drew international attention in 1997, when the now famous community lodge at Il’ Ngwesi was a runner-up in British Airways’ prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow awards.Two other properties — Tortilis Camp in Amboseli and Ol Donyo Wuas in the Chyulu Hills — have also been honoured in the awards.Il’ Ngwesi is now a model for community tourism projects across Africa.
Other innovative developments in African ecotourism are taking place in the semi-arid wilderness of the Laikipia Plateau, where a growing number of far-sighted communities are setting aside areas for wildlife and letting the land regenerate after decades of over-grazing
Kenya’s transition, and prospects of development, hinge to a great extent on the country’s ability to guarantee security within her borders. To date, police have arrested more than 1,000 illegal immigrants.
Source: Communication Go