Green Growth and Employment Programme (GGEP)

 Value Chain Greening and Financing Programme (VCGFP) component

MESPT is an implementing partner of the Denmark-Kenya Green Growth and Employment Programme (GGEP) 2016–2020. The thematic Programme objective is “Inclusive greener growth with higher employment” and will be achieved by focusing support on two intervention areas:

  1. Sustainable growth and jobs from investment and trade;
  2. Sustainable use of natural resources and community resilience.

MESPT is concentrating on the Value Chain Greening and Financing Programme component (VCGFP) within the Green Growth and Employment Programme. This component focuses on delivering three major outcomes by end of the Programme ;

  1. Creation of 10,000 net additional green jobs with a bias to youth and women;
  2. Realization of USD 32,000,000 in net additional sale turnover from an additional 80,000 MT of the 5 targeted value chains, and
  3. Improvement of resource efficiency and access to and uptake of clean technology and climate-sensitive solutions by an additional 4,500 Smallholder farmers.

The expected outputs from interventions earmarked for the Programme are;

  1. 15,000 farmers are linked to markets.
  2. 10,000 Smallholder farmers have improved access to financial services for value chain and business development,
  3. 3,700 Smallholder farmers are certified on globally and locally recognized standards and certifications,
  4. 15,000 Smallholder farmers are reached through awareness initiatives on resource-efficient, clean and climate-sensitive technologies.
  5. 4,000 Smallholder farmers of those reached through awareness initiatives are accessing financial services for the resource-efficient, clean and climate-sensitive technologies,
  6. 75 Smallholder farmers are enrolled as local service and input providers for the technologies.

The Value Chain Greening and Financing Programme seeks to contribute towards increased sustainable growth and jobs in the agriculture sector, from investment and trade, especially for women and youth. This goal will be realized through improved competitiveness of targeted businesses and value chains in the agriculture sector coupled with improved resource efficiency and increased adoption of clean and climate-sensitive solutions.

The value chains are expected to adopt resource and cost-efficient systems of production enabled by access to tailored credit facilities and non-financial services expected to further enhance resilience. Access to domestic, regional and export markets will be enhanced with increased market demand expected to stimulate increase in primary and secondary production thus job creation and income generation for target Smallholder farmers. The infrastructure that is critical for competitiveness will also be established through public-private partnerships.

The Programme is emphasizing on synergy as a lever to improving market access for the target Smallholder farmers through strategic collaborations.

Programme Objectives

The overall vision for the Programme is to support the Government and people of Kenya in implementing Vision 2030 to create ‘a globally competitive and prosperous country with a high quality of life by 2030’. Importantly to note, the Programme seeks to contribute to ‘inclusive greener growth with higher employment in Kenya’.

It is expected that by the end of the programme, outcomes will be evident with respect to jobs created especially for women and youth, improved competitiveness of targeted businesses and value chains, and improved resource efficiency and access to and uptake of cleaner technology and climate-sensitive solutions. To achieve these, the Programme has earmarked key strategies that include;

  • Creation of market and business linkages created for enhanced value chain and Smallholder farmer profitability
  • Improving access to financial services for value chain and business development
  • Enhancing the certification of Smallholder farmers for domestic and export markets
  • Improving access to resource-efficient, clean and climate-sensitive technologies

Target Value Chains and Regions

The Programme has a nationwide outlook and supports six value chains. The target value chains and regions are summarized below;

Value Chain Target Counties
Dairy Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Bomet, Nyandarua, Nandi and Kilifi
Mango Embu, Makueni, Meru, Kilifi, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kitui.
Export Vegetables Machakos, Makueni, Kajiado (Loitoktok), Taita Taveta, Nyandarua
Nuts: Macadamia, Cashew Nuts, Coconut and Peanuts Kirinyaga, Embu, Nyeri, Kwale, Kilifi, Siaya, Busia, Homabay, Taita Taveta and Meru
Passion Fruits Kwale, Uasin Gishu, Migori, Siaya, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Makueni, Kitui and Taita Taveta
Avocado Introduced at the beginning of 2018 and is being supported in Embu, Makueni and Nakuru regions as a pilot



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