GFSS CLA Planning Workshop: Supporting Field Visits, Mapping, and Dialogue to Strengthen CLA

USAID East Africa and Kenya program staff and implementing partners meet with Twiga Foods CEO Grant Brooke at the Twiga Foods headquarters in Machakos, Kenya to discuss market systems investments.

Nairobi, Kenya (5-8 March 2018)

Africa Lead facilitated a four day USAID/Kenya Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) workshop in partnership with USAID for 47 representatives from USAID/Kenya and implementing partners. Economics of Resilience to Drought Learning Event on March 14, 2018 at the Trademark Hotel in Nairobi. The first two days of the workshop were held in the counties of Machakos and Makueni, where attendees made field visits to private sector industries to observe the push and pull effect of the market system in relation to the GFSS. A field visit by participants to Twiga Foods showed the importance of pull within a market and the need for a dependable market for smallholder farmers to supply quality product.
The last two days of the workshop were held in Nairobi and included discussions of CLA principles and practices, adaptive management, the Kenya GFSS theory of change, and a mapping of pull, resilience, inclusion, and nutrition within the market system at five levels: activity, intra-zonal, cross-zonal, USAID-IP, and inter-agency.
Workshop outcomes included the development of learning questions that will be incorporated into the USAID/Kenya GFSS CLA plan, feedback from implementing partners on how CLA can be incorporated into programming and M&E plans, and several specific action items focused on improving CLA between USAID and implementing partners that USAID will take forward in the next year.

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