4MODULE1: Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural PoliciesLESSON 4: Specific Applications and Impacts of Agricultural Po...
MODULE 1                       4                                                                                 Structure...
IDENTIFICATION OF POLICY IMPLEMENTATION  SPECIFIC TO PRODUCTION SYSTEMS  This part of the lesson relies on information in ...
IMPACTS OF POLICIES  Policies should normally enhance production and act as a motivating tool for farmers.  The lesson seg...
Conclusion   After a comparison between Simon’s, Beatrice’s and your own experiences you will   notice that while the inte...
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This Farmers’ Agribusiness training course has been developed to help both farmers and farmer organisations. Its intention is to provide access to additional skills and knowledge that will allow farmers to move from a 'farm' to a 'firm'. The aim of this lesson is to describe the various levels of policy implementation and illustrate strengths and shortcomings of policies at the production level.

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Farmer's Agribusiness Training Course: Module 1 - Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies. Lesson 4: Specific Applications and Impacts of Agricultural Policies

  1. 1. 4MODULE1: Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural PoliciesLESSON 4: Specific Applications and Impacts of Agricultural PoliciesTIME: 1 HR 36 minutesAUTHOR: Dr. Maina MuniafuThis lesson was made possible with the assistance of the following organisations:
  2. 2. MODULE 1 4 Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS AND LESSON IMPACTS OF AGRICULTURAL POLICIES AUTHOR: TIME: Dr. Maina Muniafu 1 HR 36 minutes INTRODUCTION: OUTCOMES: : : By the end of this lesson you It is important for those involved in will: agricultural production to increase their Be aware of policy awareness of specific policies related to implementation at their production systems. From the various levels. experiences of two farmers, Simon in Describe the strengths Mwingi and Beatrice in Chepsonoi, it will and any shortcomings of be possible to identify the effectiveness of policies at the policies. production level. Page 33Module1: Structure of Agriculture & Agricultural Policies Lesson 4: Specific Applications & Impacts of Agricultural Policies
  3. 3. IDENTIFICATION OF POLICY IMPLEMENTATION SPECIFIC TO PRODUCTION SYSTEMS This part of the lesson relies on information in the two case study videos. Attention should be paid to the words of each farmer in interviews with regard to how agricultural policies affect the ways in which they finance the farming activities, market their produce and assistance available to them from extension agricultural officers. . Simon’s and Beatrice’s case studies can be accessed from the course CD ROM. See Resources Index | Module 1 | Case Study. It will also be necessary to look at the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy (ASDS), Kenya (2010 –2020) document again.This can be accessed underResources Index | Module 1| ASDS Activity 1 Policy on the Ground 1. After reviewing Simon’s case study identify areas where policy impacts on his daily operations. 2. Review farmer Beatrice’s’ activities and then pair up her activities with any policy provisions of which you are aware. Page 34Module1: Structure of Agriculture & Agricultural Policies Lesson 4: Specific Applications & Impacts of Agricultural Policies
  4. 4. IMPACTS OF POLICIES Policies should normally enhance production and act as a motivating tool for farmers. The lesson segment will examine the two farmers and identify positive impacts of any of the policies learnt so far and point out any shortcomings. Activity 2 Positive Impacts of Policy 1. Describe any impacts that the policies have on the farming activities of the two farmers. 2. Identify any policy shortcomings for the farming activities of the two farmers. 3. Relate the policy issues discussed to your own farming experience. Page 35Module1: Structure of Agriculture & Agricultural Policies Lesson 4: Specific Applications & Impacts of Agricultural Policies
  5. 5. Conclusion After a comparison between Simon’s, Beatrice’s and your own experiences you will notice that while the intention of the policy is to support agriculture and farmers in general, it also wants to steer or direct activities to support national priorities. It does not always support you fully nor unconditionally. Policy imposes various structures and processes on the way you need to operate. We do, however, need to appreciate that while the intention is good on a national level policy is not designed to support you unreservedly. It will on occasion impose certain restrictions on you. References Government of Kenya. (2010). Agricultural Sector Development Strategy 2010-2020. Available online: www.kilimo.go.ke/kilimo_docs/pdf/ASDS_Final.p df. Accessed 18/02/2011. Page 36Module1: Structure of Agriculture & Agricultural Policies Lesson 4: Specific Applications & Impacts of Agricultural Policies

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