PROCASUR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are pleased to announce a Learning Initiative (LI) on Farmers Organizations in the Kenyan Dairy sector. It is developed under the Large Regional IFAD-Procasur Grant Programme “Strengthening capacities and tools for scaling-up and disseminating innovations (2016 – 2018)”. This topic was selected resting on the consolidated results of the (i) online survey lunched by PROCASUR in April 2016 in the ESA region, (ii) in depth interviews to project managers of IFAD funded projects in the ESA region, and (iii) experts’ consultation undertaken among specialists in the area of Farmers Organizations.
Farmers organizations (FOs) are key contributors to achieving the goals and improving the livelihoods of poor rural people, reducing poverty and attaining food security. Through the services they offer their members, they can provide assistance in improving smallholders’ production and incomes. Evidence demonstrate their potential to link smallholders to markets, accelerate the adoption of technologies and inputs and encourage the sustainable management of land, water and other natural resources. In Africa, FOs are becoming increasingly relevant stakeholders able to provide support to small producers, contribute to their livelihood and link them to the market. Since farmers’ structuring process is improving in most of the countries, FOs are more and more organized from local to district, national and regional levels, enabling local issues faced by farmers in the field to be dealt with within policy dialogue processes conducted by apex organizations.
As part of the learning initiative, the Learning Route “Linking smallholders to commercialization practices: the case of Farmers Organizations in the Kenyan dairy sector” will take place in Kenya from the 8 – 14 of October 2017.
CROSS REGIONAL FOCUS: This Learning Initiative will focus on cross-regional learning in three cross-thematic areas relevant to Farmers Organizations identified as follows:
- Internal-organizational strengthening: finance, administration, legality
- Market access: market diversification, chain-linking (value chains), public markets, innovation-value-added,
- Social inclusion: Youth and gender
The main objective of having a cross regional LI is to identify the tools for the improvement of IFAD projects in their work with FOs; and to identify the tools for improving the work of the FOs in rural communities. Participants will gain expertise on how to strengthen FOs’ capacities to integrate smallholders into commercialization mode.
This initiative will expose participants from different IFAD projects and partner institutions with a range of innovative mechanisms and learning activities organized directly on field through the pooling and sharing of knowledge. Innovative local initiatives will give participants the opportunity to analyze and to learn about innovative tools and practices developed by different actors on Farmers Organizations directly from the local champions in the host experiences and with the support of thematic experts all along the Route. During this Learning Route, there will be the presence of TWO leading FOs from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to present and share their experiences contributing to the debate and South to South learning. Furthermore, thematic panels of experts and workshops will be organized in collaboration with the East African Farmers Federation (EAFF).
Country teams composed by 2 to 4 persons are encouraged to apply: candidates will be selected amongst IFAD’s projects staff, public and private stakeholders, NGOS, CSOs. Being a cross regional initiative, participants from WCA, ESA, NEN, APR and LAC will be considered for selection; however, priority in the selection will be given to country teams of IFAD’s projects working with FOs as a major thematic focus.
During and after the journey, country-teams will be supported in the elaboration of an innovation plan aimed at replicating innovations in their country/organizations/
Please, download, fill and send the (i) Application Form; (ii) Scholarship Request Form; and (iii) your organization Commitment Letter to the email-address: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com before before the 28th of August 2017. Early applications are encouraged.
For further information, please contact by phone or email: Ms. Vivienne Likhanga: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +254 20 2716036 Ms. Loise Irungu: email@example.com Phone: +254 797 624 916 Ms. Valentina Sauve: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: + 254 706 046 742.
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