Ms. Charity Maina of NPCK during the official launch of the NARIGP potato VC Stakeholders Platform in Nandi. The Stakeholder Platform will identify and address issues of common concerns in the potato value chain in the county.
The National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Project (NARIGP) is a Government of Kenya and World Bank/ International Development Association (IDA) funded project. The project covers the following 21 counties: Samburu, Turkana, Makueni, Meru, Kitui, Embu, Kilifi, Kwale, Narok, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Muranga, Nakuru, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Migori and Homa Bay. NARIGP is supporting these counties to increase agricultural productivity and profitability of rural communities for the identified priority value chains (VC). The project has four component intervention areas: 1) Support community driven development 2) Strengthening producer organizations and VC development 3) Supporting County Community-Led development and 4) Project coordination and management; M&E and ICT. Through NARIGP five counties: Nandi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Meru and Narok have been funded to support the Potato VC.
The NARIGP potato VC Stakeholders Platform in Nandi was officially launched on 20th June 2019 by Dr. Bernard Kiplimo, Nandi CECM of Agriculture and Cooperative development. He indicated the County is committed to support implementation of the project and further mentioned the County recently purchased certified seed potato worth KSH 1.5 M for Nandi Potato Growers Cooperative. The launch had participation of NARIGP National Agribusiness Coordinator of component 2, NPCK, AFA, input and service providers, County and farmer representatives among others. The NPCK is one of the organizations appointed in the county potato stakeholder platform committee which will advise and guide the county in developing an investment plan for potato VC. The potato VC issues are complex and require a multi-disciplinary team approaches. The Stakeholder Platform will identify and address issues of common concerns more effectively, diagnose problems and identify opportunities and solutions to the challenges. Stakeholders learn through interaction and networking and may implement activities as a platform, or coordinate activities by individual members hence lead to a harmonized and coordinated activities.
Written by: Charity Maina, Research & Development Dept. NPCK