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Workshop on Sustainable Partnerships for Food Security

Grace Jayo  -  Jan 27, 2016  -  , ,  -  Comments Off

A two-day Workshop on Sustainable Partnerships for Food Security concluded on 27th January at Latia Resource Center, in Isinya – Kajiado County. E11- EKN-RVO-APF Workshop

The Forum brought together Kenyan and international experiences for the know-how of promoting shared learning on practical issues, aiming to increase the efficiency of current and future public-private partnership (PPP) projects, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN), Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFa) in the context of food security in Kenya.

The program included a conference and project exhibition at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, as well as, project visit at Latia. Lead partners within the projects met and networked, to stay informed about the central and decentralized support program from the Netherlands in Kenya. They also shared lessons about approaches, challenges and doing business in Kenya.

The Dutch Government strongly believes that they can contribute to unlocking Kenya’s agricultural potential for economic growth and food security. As a social investor and a broker of contacts and knowledge, they want to contribute to building the Kenyan-Dutch diamond connecting the private sector,  not-for-profit development experts, knowledge institutes and governments. The Embassy is investing in Dairy, Horticulture (including potatoes) and fish farming. To sustainably move from aid to inclusive trade the EKN has to narrow the technology gap between the Netherlands and Kenya; that they have to invest in Kenyan capacity along the agricultural value chain and in Dutch capacity to be relevant in the Kenyan market.

RVO’s main aim is to improve business opportunities for entrepreneurs and strengthen their market position. Founded in 2004, it includes programmes for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs such as Private Sector Investment (PSI); Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF); and Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV). These programmes focus on water safety, food security and energy access in developing countries. They support entrepreneurs with grants, finding business partners, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations.

Participants tour the three vegetable greenhouses set up at Latia, managed under the Growing Solutions Kenya Project, funded by the Dutch Government.

Participants tour the three vegetable greenhouses set up at Latia, managed under the Growing Solutions Kenya Project, funded by the Dutch Government.

AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network in the agriculture sector including private, public, financial, development, research, academia and farmer organizations. The network works through  sharing and co-creating with these partners. AgriProFocus Kenya has worked extensively to facilitate and support Dutch-funded projects on their learning agenda. They include Food Security through improved resilience of smallholder farmers in Kenya ad Ethiopia (FOSEK); Sustainable Secure Smallholder Systems @ Scale ([email protected]); and, Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme (KMHP).

Some of the online feedback by participants.

Some of the online feedback by participants.

Thematic discussions during the Workshop involved building long-term, effective partnerships; access to additional finance and markets; producing safe and nutritious food; inclusive business – active involvement of women and youth; monitoring and evaluation; and, financing options for scaling PPPs – commercial bank and private equity perspectives.

 

For more information visit www.agriprofocus.com/kenya

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