Non-state actors in Kenya come together to discuss CAADP and the Malabo Declaration
The Kenyan government is committed to working together with non-state actors so that the Kenyan farmer and the economy can benefit from agriculture.
“Vision 2030 seeks to give a better quality of life for Kenyans and farmers are key partners in achieving this goal,” said Ms. Cecily Kariuki, the Principle Secretary, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. “We need, as a country, to adopt the CAADP and Malabo Declaration to ensure we meet this goal.”
Kariuki, who gave the keynote address and officially opened a two-day sensitization workshop on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)/Malabo Declaration for Kenya non-state actors began in Nairobi, said the enormous capacity that African farmers had needed to be harnessed.
“This meeting comes at a time when African leaders have recently recommitted themselves to the Malabo Declaration,” she said.
She maintained the Malabo Declaration was also meant to hold both government and non-state actors accountable.
“There is a role for each one of us to play in achieving these goals. Non-state actors also need to align their work and programmes to the Malabo Declaration.”
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She said the agricultural sector legislation had been streamlined in the past three years, which should bring down costs and ensure research and delivery was synergized within government. Furthermore, more resources have been allocated in infrastructure development in the arid and semi-arid areas as well as in sectors such as fisheries.
Kariuki said that non-state actors should work together with government in achieving CAADP to achieve food security and encourage youth to take part in agriculture.
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The objectives of the meeting are:
• Develop an in-depth understanding of the purpose, design, and status of CAADP and the Malabo Declaration;
• Create a shared understanding on the role of non-state actors in CAADP process and provide progress made so far at the regional and national level;
• Identify connections between national agriculture development plans and
• CAADP/Malabo Declaration and discuss opportunities for non-state actors engagement in the implementation of these plans;
• Review the concept of mutual accountability and the rationale, status, and next steps for strengthening Agricultural Joint Sector Reviews (JSR) in Kenya;
• Foster collaborative linkages between non-state actors groups, the CAADP country team, county agricultural team and thereby strengthen coordination of collective efforts;
• Develop non-state actors Kenya coordination mechanism that links both national and county level of governance and CNC secretariat;
• Draft an action plan for areas in which non-state actors engagement in Kenya can be strengthened for the development/finalisation of a national agricultural sector policy/county agricultural plans and the Malabo Declaration, including development of non-state actors commitments that align with country and county plans.
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Participants for the two-day workshop includes representatives of farmers, pastoralists and fishery organisations, civil society, private sector, women, youth, media, private sector, research and academic organizations as well as development partners. Government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and county government, representatives from Africa Lead/USAID are also in attendance. The workshop has been organised by Feed the Future, KENAFF, the Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance, ACORD and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).