SAFARI PARK DECLARATION ON AGRICULTURE 2020

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Arch. Lee Karuri, KEPSA Trustee presenting the 10 point summit agenda that constitute the Safari Park Declaration on Agriculture
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TEN POINT AGENDA OF THE  1ST NATIONAL AGRICULTURE SUMMIT HELD ON 26TH AND 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 AT THE SAFARI PARK HOTEL NAIROBI

 Background

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The first National Agriculture two day Summit was convened as a partnership between the Government, the Private Sector, Development Partners and civil society to create a national conversation around accelerated transformation of the sector and agree on a three- year road map.

The following is the 10 point summit agenda that constitute the Safari Park Declaration on Agriculture:

  1. Role of the Sector in the Economy

The Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Co-operatives sector was acknowledged as the backbone of Kenya’s economy contributing 26% of GDP, 65% of exports and 60% of jobs. Subsequently the summit agreed to upscale multi-stakeholder partnerships around the implementation of the Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS). This shall deliver stronger performance of our overall economy. In addition, strategies to be put in place to advocate for the sector to progressively attain 10% allocation of the national annual budget in accordance with the AU Maputo declaration of 2003.

  • Formation of an Apex body for the sector

The formation of an apex body for the sector called Agriculture Sector Network (ASNET, under formation) was endorsed by the summit and launched by the CS, Hon. Peter Munya. The organization shall bring the entire ecosystem of the sector including the private sector, development partners, civil society, academia, research institutions and the cooperative sector under one umbrella.

ASNET shall create a strong partnership platform for structured engagement with the National Government, County Government and all other strategic partners.

  • The SDG Partnership Platform Window
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The SDG Partnership platform window brings together the Government, development partners, private sector and financers around the food and nutrition program of the BIG 4 Agenda.

The platform convened by the UN was launched by the CS, Hon. Peter Munya.

  • Enhancing competitiveness

The summit discussed various challenges and interventions presented by the private sector to be addressed by the National Government, County Government, the National Assembly and The Senate that would unlock the full potential of the sector and enhance competitiveness. They include cross cutting issues and also value chain specific agenda. They were categorized in form of a six month Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) for critical matters (March-September 2022) and a three year matrix (2020 – 2022)

  • Agriculture: Devolved Sector

Devolution is very important for the  agriculture sector  as a devolved function of the Government. The summit resolved that the ASTGS should be disseminated in the county  governments and farmers across all value chains. In addition, ASNET will initiate a very structured devolved engagement approach with each county around the CIDP’s and focus on the value chains. There will be an urgent need to follow-up adoption and gazzettment of the various counties spatial and land use plans.

  • The Role of the Cooperative Sector in Transformation of Agriculture

The cooperative sector was identified as a very important framework for aggregating all stakeholders around all the value chains to improve productivity, access to markets and overall performance of the sector.

It was agreed that aggregating our farmers through cooperatives to be enhanced. The summit also resolved to follow up reforms that that shall  improve the overall Governance of the sector. The overall objective of the cooperatives are to empower the farmers, stakeholders in agriculture deliver maximum benefits and value for all.

  • Youth in Agriculture

The Summit acknowledged the importance to upscale the role of the youth in the agriculture sector. The average age of our farmers is 59 years. There is need to have sector strategies by all the sector partners  that will make the sector profitable and attractive to the youth particularly in the areas of value addition and technology based Agriculture.

  • Research and Innovation

The Summit discussed the need to mainstream dissemination of a lot of research, development and innovation already done by public research institutions such as KARLO, Universities and various sector think tanks. The information needs to be a formatted for  applicable use by  farmers and all other stakeholders in the sector.

  1. Harmonization of Sector Focused Efforts

The Summit observed that there are several noble efforts being undertaken by the Government, Private sector, County Government, Development partners and Civil Society both at National and County level. Majority of these efforts are similar but with NO coordination framework.

It was agreed that all projects will be mapped and an information sharing platform formulated to create collaborations and synergy to attain maximum results.

  1. Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

The Summit observed that we have very good policies and strategies in place both at National, County and stakeholder levels. However, there is a big challenge to ensure efficient and result oriented implementation where definite measurable outcomes and targets have been met. The new partnership will follow up various implementation matrices as part of the monitoring and evaluation framework. The partnership review meetings shall be monthly, quarterly and leading to the Annual National Agriculture Summit where progress reports shall be presented by all partners and discussed. The second national agriculture summit shall be convened in February, 2021.

The summit report of the first national agriculture summit shall be ready within 14 days and will be disseminated to all partners and delegates.

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