Taking Agribusiness knowhow to the rural farmer

As  envisaged  in   Vision  2030,  Kenya  aims  to   promote an  innovative, commercially-oriented, and  modern agricultural sector. This will  be  accomplished through: Transforming key institutions in agriculture and livestock to promote agricultural growth; increasing productivity of crops and livestock; introducing land use  polices for  better utilisation of  high and medium potential lands; developing more irrigable areas in arid and semi-arid lands for  both crops and livestock; and improving market  access for   our   smallholders  through  better  supply chain management.  Vision 2030 aims at adding valueto the country’s phases.

The program design hinges on the premise that separate and poorly linked systems of research  and   extension  yield low  returns and  the  design  therefore envisages an  integrated approach  in  order   to  synchronize research, extension and farmer   empowerment   and    other    stakeholders’   initiatives. The  support provided under Phase  One  of the  APL facilitated the    review   and formulation of a National   Agricultural Sector Extension Policy (NASEP) and its implementation framework,  a  National Livestock   and   Dairy  Policy,  a  draft National Agricultural Research System  (NARS) policy,  as well as  implementation  of  reforms in  the  coffee  sub-sector.

The support also facilitated the carrying out of agricultural research resulting into  the  release of new  crop  varieties and  other  crop and  animal related technologies; training of researchers, and capacity building of their institutions; empowerment of farmers and  their  organisations to strengthen demand for services;  and piloting with encouraging results  on public-private partnerships (PPPs)   in   provision  and   financing  of   extension  services.

Download to Read More