Private Sector Informs Kenya Agriculture Sector Strategy

Dr. Andrew Tuimur, Principal Secretary for MOALF State Department of Livestock delivers keynote address. Photo credit: Africa Lead

As a step towards enhancing the engagement of the agriculture private sector in government policy processes, Africa Lead facilitated a one-day workshop that convened private sector actors from diverse segments of the agricultural product value chain. One hundred and seven actors representing the private sector, public private partnerships (PPPs), youth entrepreneurs, development partner organizations and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MOALF), including the Joint Agricultural Secretariat attended the workshop.

The workshop provided a space for members of the private sector to voice their opinions on the future of Kenya’s agricultural transformation and to establish a clear course of action for the private sector’s involvement in the agricultural sector development strategy. Andrew Tuimur, Principal Secretary for the State Department of Livestock at MOALF, welcomed the private sector to inform the process. “The private sector is expected to play a significant role in the investment planning process, both at the national and the county levels,” said Dr. Tuimur.

The purpose of the workshop was to review lessons from previous cases of private sector engagement, contribute to the Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS) and National Agriculture Investment (NAIP) commitments, and identify key priority actions for private sector engagement in the sector. The presentations, question and answer sessions, and discussions served to ground a common vision and understanding for private sector involvement in agricultural transformation, including mechanisms for strengthening PPPs.

Neema Ward of 4-H Kenya presents impressions from a group session. Photo credit: Africa Lead

During the workshop, participants agreed on the need for a well-coordinated framework that enhances cooperation and outlines a cohesive approach to managing the multifaceted challenges facing food and nutrition security. Participants also highlighted the need for strengthening partnerships between the public and private sector; leveraging of County Invest Development Plans (CIDPs) by the private sector and PPPs, and expanding private sector investment to address global food security and food safety concerns. National and county governments also committed to working closely with the private sector to enhance commitments towards agricultural transformation, such as physical resource allocation and strategies for commercial value chain development.

Towards the end of the meeting, participants outlined a roadmap to inform key private sector expectations of the government to facilitate and attract private sector investment in agriculture, and to establish the role of the private sector in driving change in agriculture. Future meetings with the private sector will inform more intense peer review processes, semi-annual engagement workshops and a second agricultural development strategy write-shop. “The private sector is willing to invest within the set guidelines and have mechanisms to negotiate conditions for investment,” said a representative from the Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance.

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