Nurturing a network of policy analysts for enhanced agricultural development and food and nutrition security in Kenya

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01/2018 - Dec/2017

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In Kenya and most of Africa, efforts to fight poverty, end hunger and spur economic growth inevitably revolve around the agriculture sector. Recently, Africa has witnessed renewed interest in promoting agricultural production and food security through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The continental framework recognizes and emphasizes the need to strengthen capabilities, policy and institutional environment required to trigger agricultural transformation. This includes interventions to strengthen capacity for evidence-based planning, implementation, review, and to increase capacity to generate, analyse and use data, information, knowledge and innovations. This requires that both state and non-state actors have the requisite capacity to inform and guide these processes.

This project supports the development of institutional and human resource capacity to support Kenya’s agriculture sector with high-quality policy analyses and knowledge products in a sustainable manner to improve policy making, monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Agriculture for food security 2030 (AgriFoSe2030)a and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are implementing the initiative with an aim to develop the capacity of recent PhD graduates to undertake policy relevant research and analysis and disseminate their work to the policy-making community in support of agriculture and food security in the country. This lays a firm foundation for increasing the pool of well-trained agriculture and food security policy analysts to inform policy making in Kenya.

Beneficiaries have been selected from among recent PhD graduates with demonstrated interest in Kenya’s agricultural and food security policies. These scientists have completed different studies in the following AgriFoSe2030 themes:

  1. Social and economic dimensions of smallholder agriculture
  2. Multifunctional landscapes in agriculture
  3. Increased productivity and diversity in smallholder cropping systems

The project is envisioned to develop a pool of policy analysts to sustainably support the development, implementation, and evaluation of polices for enhanced agricultural transformation and food security in Kenya. The support will be through:

  • Preparation and dissemination of high quality policy briefs and other knowledge products
  • Facilitating dialogue in the agriculture sector
  • Conducting studies that address pertinent policy issues in the sector
  • Supporting planning and monitoring and evaluation in the sector

 

a AgriFoSe2030 (www.slu.se/agrifose) is a programme developed by a consortium of scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Lund University, Gothenburg University and Stockholm Environment Institute, and hosted by the Agricultural Sciences for Global Development platform. The program is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

 

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