Farmers' Organization for Africa, Caribbean & Pacific (FO4ACP) Project; 2020 - 2023
The Farmers’ Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (FO4ACP) Project was birthed after a successful and positive experience in a pilot county (since 2016). It lead to an additional of 11 counties for this project. The project aims to increase the incomes and improve the livelihoods, food and nutrition security and safety of organized smallholders and family farmers in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries by strengthening regional, national and local farmers’ organizations (FOs).
The project will focus on various value chains, according to local priorities. The agriculture, livestock, fisheries and related functions have been devolved to the counties since the year 2013. As a result, decision power on agricultural policies has been assigned to the county level. According to Kenya’s Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy, 2019—2029, each county has defined 3-5 priority value chains:
It is the intention to strengthen the capacity of the county association to speak for general agricultural issues, but also for specific value chain issues. For this, the project will sensitize farmer groups of regionally prioritized value chains in their lobby & advocacy capacity and link them with the county level for political representation.
Additionally, the project strengthens the national organization, KENAFF, through its County Association members. This helps enhance the role of KENAFF as an overarching value chain based farmers’ organization and builds a strong base for a roll-out of successful County Association development in the future.
- FOs and farmer-led enterprises improve technical and economic services to their members along the value chains
- FOs influence policies and business environments for the transformation of family farming and the development of sustainable, adaptive economic initiatives and farmer-led enterprises
- FOs are accountable organizations able to effectively perform their institutional functions.
It was envisaged that an initial phase of approximately one year would involve various trainings and workshops which will focus on the organizational development (member orientation, vision, strategy, formal and organizational set-up) to set the ground. The results of this are action plans, the County Associations are expected to realize themselves with some financial support. From the beginning, they have to demand paid membership (normally through farmer groups), and ask members to contribute to the activities.
The 2021 action plans priorities will go along the project components;
Component 1: Delivery of economic services along priority value chains
Component 2: Enabling the business environment
Component 3: Institutional development of the FO
Component 4: Communication (peer to peer exchange) and visibility
The project will go a long way to contribute to the government of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda (2018—2022); the Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS, 2019—2028); and, the country’s socioeconomic development and transformation blueprint (Kenya Vision 2030). It’ll also contribute to the achievement of SDGs 1 (No Poverty); 2 (Zero Hunger); 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth); 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption); and, 13 (Climate Action).