The Africa Lead / Comprehensive Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) Non-State Actors Coalition Small Grants Program, an initiative under the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), kicked off at the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) in Nairobi, Kenya on 18 April 2018.
The purpose of the kick off meeting was to orient grantees – Agriculture Council of Kenya (AgCK), Open Institute, National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK), Agriculture Agribusiness Academy (AAA), Sugar Campaign for Change (SUCAM) and Kericho Dairy Development Organization (KDDO), with various aspects of grant rules and operational provisions, monitoring and evaluation processes, and communication guidelines. Twenty-three participants from the grantee organizations, CNC staff, and Africa Lead staff attended the meeting.
Grantees presented on their program activities, which will run from May 2018 to August 2018. Each presentation was followed by a short Q&A session. The various activities will focus on improving non-state actors (NSAs) engagement in agriculture sector growth, planning and budgeting, data collection and information sharing, and agribusiness and entrepreneurship in Kenya.
The meeting also created an opportunity for grantees to build a collective vision and network. Africa Lead and CNC will continue providing technical support and assistance to grantees for successful completion of their activities.