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Wake the Kenyan Giant


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This presentation was held by Stephen Vundi Mungula from the SIANI Expert Group in Kenya at the SIANI Annual Meeting 2017.

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Wake the Kenyan Giant

  1. 1. Commercializing Agricultural Sector in Kenya: Wake the Kenyan Giant! Stephen Vundi Mungula, SIANI Expert Group in Kenya #SIANI17
  2. 2. Commercializing Agricultural Sector in Kenya: Wake the Kenyan Giant Stephen Vundi Mungula Lead Junior Professional - SIANI Kenya
  3. 3. Outline Introduction The Journey Experiences and Achievements Findings from Second Approach • The origin – SIANI Kenya Chapter (SKCEG) • Objectives of expert group • First Approach • Second Approach Conclusion and Way Forward  Why Giant
  4. 4. WHY GIANT ? Driver for economic growth and transformation…high economic growth directly linked to increased agric’ production Percentage of population involved/affected by agriculture Kenya agro-ecological zone diversity Demographic Characteristics - Youth
  5. 5. Introduction  A brainstorming on findings led to the establishment of a multidisciplinary group of experts. ASDSP a joint programme by GOS and GOK (3) baseline survey tell on Commercialization;- Productivity, Income and Food Security A worrying trend on 1) Household food security, 2) Food productivity and incomes 3) Un(under)employment 4) Youth and Women in agriculture 5) Land degradation and 6) little/No commercialization
  6. 6. Introduction cont. Objectives of SIANI Kenya Chapter What is the current status of the agricultural sector in Kenya? Why is the sector the way it is? How can stakeholders harness the sector’s potential and remove obstacles to commercialization?
  7. 7. The Journey Expert Group approach – launched successfully with a lot of enthusiasm but did not work. Abandoned after three months Two approaches were used to accomplish the strategy Junior expert mentoring approach - successful and provided information partially answering what? and why ?questions
  8. 8. Mechanization (Cassava) – Country yield of Cassava is 15% of potential. Issues for mechanization; farm size, access to credit/machine suppliers, information on technologies along value chain Findings from Second Approach Farmer organization (dairy) – Only 55% of small-scale farmers sell produce vs 85% needed to be commercialized. Collective action from production to marketing can improve efficiency and effectiveness. Issues; human and institutional capacities Profitability (maize) – Maize cannot be profitable at subsistence level. OPVs at subsistence higher gross margins than hybrid. At present yield level, per capita income of 5 cents/day/ha
  9. 9. Agricultural data – Limited emphasis and low prioritization in use of data have led to little/no use in decision and policy making. All the agricultural indicators have been produced through estimation arising from sample surveys.  Because of limited/unreliable data not evidence based policy making Findings from Second Approach
  10. 10. Experiences and Achievements SE Approach did not work- WHY?- Competing need, time, monetary compensation, gasp of concept- ( may work in next phase) Process rigorous, some JE dropped off – need for qualitative selection of JE Technical capacities of fresh graduates in critical analysis and communication of scientific issues wanting Require commitment from both mentees (JE) and mentors (SE) On objectives ? What – some, Why- some, How- next SIANI phase
  11. 11. Many stakeholders in the agricultural sector all trying to commercialize agriculture Conclusions and Way forward Output papers give evidence that commercialization is superficially being addressed Need for deeper understanding of commercialization and sharing of this to stakeholders Need to develop adequate policies to make agriculture a driver of rural transformation
  12. 12. THANK YOU