Introduction

The AgriFI Programme is an Agriculture Financing initiative expected to increase agricultural yields, open sustainable supply chains for farmers, and improve food security in line with Kenya’s Big Four Agenda.

Background The Programme was born out of a delegated cooperation arrangement between EU and the Royal Danish Embassy. MESPT was then given the programme implementation responsibility due to an already ongoing engagement with Danida under Green Growth and Employment Programme as well as Strategic Sector Cooperation initiative on food safety that have similar focus as AgriFI.
Result Areas AgriFIhas four Result Areas where Danida/MESPT are to implement Result Areas 2 and 3.

RA 2 is aimed at building capacity of actors along selected agricultural Value Chains. Agricultural, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) model will be applied in the capacity building process. This will encompass curriculum development aspect.

RA 3 is aimed at building capacity of selected county governments and private sector on implementation and enforcement of food safety, plant and animal health regulations. This is ultimately intended to have a private sector driven process as well as having some of the regulatory roles being cascaded to the counties.

Budget EUR 5 million
Implementation Period 5 years – 2018 to 2022
Value Chains of Focus Dairy, Aquaculture and Horticulture (Beans, Mango and Avocado)

NB: the implementation of aquaculture component will be outsourced due to limited capacity/experience of MESPT to carry out direct implementation

Counties to be Covered Ten counties will participate in the programme, where they will be selected through a competitive process.

NB: Nyandarua County has been pre-selected due to ongoing activities under MESPT and SSC.

Key Activities •        Curriculum review for the selected VCs – this is because the curricula for all selected Value Chains have been developed

•        Development of training and assessment guides

•        Facilitate accreditation of ATVETs

•        Support minor physical infrastructure development of ATVETs

•        Training of Value Chain actors

•        Training of ToTs

•        Training of selected county staff

•        Support certification of farmers – Global GAP, Organic, etc

•        Establishment of demonstration centres

•        Support the counties to put in place legislative and policy framework to support ATVET and food safety regulations

•        Support the establishment of National Food Quality and Safety System

•        Undertake county specific studies for tailor made support

•        Sensitization of consumers on food safety, animal and plant health

•        Engaging Nyandarua County as a pilot

Key partners The key Competent Authorities in agriculture and curriculum development:

  1. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETA)
  2. Ministry of Health (Department of Public Health)
  3. Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)
  4. Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS)
  5. Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
  6. Kenya Dairy Board (KDB)
  7. Kenya Fisheries Services (KeFS)
  8. Horticulture Crops Directorate (HCD)
  9. Pests Control Products Board (PCPB)

NB: the mentioned partners have formed a Joint Committee to oversee the Programme Inception Phase.

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