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Role of DPs in Kenyan Agriculture growth. A Discussion paper for Tegemeo Conference on agricultural productivity, competetiveness and rural povery in Kenya 17th – 18th September 2008 J.K.Kiara. Introduction.

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role of dps in kenyan agriculture growth

Role of DPs in Kenyan Agriculture growth

A Discussion paper for Tegemeo Conference on agricultural productivity, competetiveness and rural povery in Kenya

17th – 18th September 2008


  • This presentation intends to show that the that role of DPs has not only contributed to agricultural growth but also accelerated it.
presentation outline
Presentation outline
  • Overview of development assistance to agricultural sector in Kenya
  • Broad areas of support
  • Coordination of development assistance to the sector
  • Challenges and opportunities in realizing required growth
overview of development assistance
Overview of development assistance
  • The role of development partners has not been limited to the amount of ODA flows alone.
  • Constructive dialogue, exchange visits and trade has enabled DPs contribute to sustainable agriculture growth and development in Kenya.
  • information generated in developed countries has also informed the formulation of policies and strategies that have facilitated the growth of agriculture
  • Nature, focus, volumes and strategies have changed over the last four decades
    • green revolution in the 1960’s to 1980’s
    • integrated rural development projects of 1980’s to mid- 1990’s
    • sector wide approaches of today.

Share of ODA to Kenyan Agriculture sector 2008/09 Dev. estimates

7.44 B KES

2.655 b KES

4.767 b KES



12.4 BKES

Recurrent 2008/09 in B KES

146 m more

52 m more

1.8 b less

480 m less

Recurrent 2007/08 in B KES

14.2 BKES

broad areas of support
Broad areas of support
  • Research
  • Training
  • Development
    • Programme Identification
    • Participatory Processes Mainstreamed in Programmes
    • Major donor supported programmes
focus of oda kenyan programmes
Focus of ODA Kenyan programmes
  • DPs support to the sector addresses questions raised in the World Development report on Agriculture for development.
    • What can agriculture do for development?
    • What are effective instruments in using agriculture for development and
    • how can agriculture-for-development agendas best be implemented?
  • The programmes both at ASCU and at subsector level address
    • policy neglect and increasing investment in the sector.
    • are pro-poor projects with the aim to increase the assets of the poor households,
    • make small holders more productive and
    • create opportunities in the rural nonfarm economy that the rural poor can seize.
  • DPs are encouraging the design of policies and decision processes that are suited to Kenya’s economic and social conditions, by
    • mobilizing political support and
    • improving the governance of agriculture
  • SRA 2004
  • SWAp workshop
  • ASCU
  • Thematic Working Groups
  • ASSP
achievements and ongoing work
Achievements and ongoing work


  • Extension policy and its implementation framework
  • National Agriculture Research System policy .
  • Communication strategy for research and extension drafted.
umbrella legislation
  • Concept Paper on consolidated legislation completed.
  • Review of cap 318 has been undertaken
  • Support to policy development in the sector ministries
    • Fisheries Policy
    • Cooperative Development Policy
    • Cooperative Investment Policy.
    • Kenya National Pharmaceutical Policy.
    • Apiculture Policy.
    • Kenya National Poultry Policy
agribusiness and value addition
Agribusiness and Value Addition
  • Commodity prioritizing exercise which included analyzing their value chain to list the pertinent constraints and requirements was conducted.
  • 30 agricultural products for commercialization including indigenous crops were targeted
  • Studies on 9 commodities undertaken -tea, cotton, pyrethrum, hides/skins (recommended by the NESC) Beef, Dairy, Coffee, Horticulture and Fish/Sea foods).
input and financial services
  • Development of the National Accelerated Agricultural Inputs Access Programme (NAAIAP)
  • Review of and development of Seeds Policy, Seeds Act, and Seeds Regulations
  • Development of National Variety Performance Trials Regulations
food security and nutrition
  • Food security and Nutrition policy and strategy have been completed and are awaiting cabinet approval.
other support initiatives
Other support initiatives
  • Humanitarian and recovery
  • Regional programmes
  • Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
challenges and opportunities
  • Coordination
  • Financial Commitments
  • Local Capacity
  • Global Governance