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War’s No Excuse for Kenya Food Crisis, Says Presidential Hopeful

  • Deputy President Ruto unveils manifesto ahead of August vote
  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is Ruto’s main rival
William Ruto
William RutoPhotographer: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images
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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto dismissed comments by his boss that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is partly to blame for higher living costs, vowing to boost farming if he wins the presidency in August.

Ruto pledged to invest at least 500 billion shillings ($4.2 billion) in agriculture and small businesses over five years. That investment would include providing animal feed and seeds to boost yields. Farming stood out in Ruto’s manifesto as a significant part of his so-called Bottom-Up economic model -- where he seeks to channel government resources to sectors that can create the most jobs.