GODAN’s Kiringai Kamau took part in a breakout session on agriculture, forming part of the 6th Annual Devolution Conference in Nairobi during the first week of March.
Dr. Kamau has been representing GODAN on the Agricultural Data Sub-Committee, formed in January 2019, to support the implementation of the Big4 Agenda - announced by President Kenyatta - and working towards the Nairobi Declaration on Building Resilience on Food Security and Nutrition through Open Data. The Committee has been assisting the Council of Governors to strengthen the institutional capacities of Kenya’s counties, and collate data on the status of Food and Nutrition Security ahead of the Conference. The main output from the Committee, the Final Agriculture Statistics document, formed the basis of discussion during the session.
Dr Kamau at DevCon2019, next to the Laikipia County Vehicle Innovation Stand
The Committee is made up of representatives from the Kenyan Ministry for Fisheries, Agriculture and Irrigation (MoALF&I), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the Council of Governors, and the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, among others.
The theme of this year’s Devolution Conference was “Deliver, Transform, Measure” with a focus on “Remaining Accountable”. The event brought together Governors from across the country and is an important milestone in the process of Devolution in Kenya, giving stakeholders an opportunity to review progress on the Big4 goals that span the Agriculture, Health, Trade, Affordable Housing and Infrastructure sectors.
Dr Kamau Says:
“Kenya's Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS) identifies Technology and Innovation as well as Value Addition and Market Development as being of particular importance. When these are combined, they become a critical pillar of realising the ASTGS’ key goal of transformation and growth.
The theme, therefore, addresses the need for innovation-driven technologies that yield value addition for market development, growth and wealth creation. To this end, the Committee has recommended the engagement of young people to deliver innovative, technology-based ideas and thinking to improve agricultural outcomes throughout the production-to-market chain.
GODAN's support of our programme reinforces the Kenyan devolution agenda through open data training, where students will be supported through faculty, research, development partners and mentoring to deliver value added to agricultural production, and support market development. The GODAN support of this training programme, due to be held on 11-15 March, 2019, creates a pool of young people through whom we can promote the Agricultural Incubation Technologies and Extension (aiTEx) Hubs, or what our Hivos/IFAD Programme calls Empowerment Learning Centers (ELCs).
We are able to push the Open Data engagement agenda in Africa, due in large part to the contacts and influence of GODAN among development partners. The joint efforts of our team and GODAN has made a big difference. As a nod to the support GODAN has provided, we have rebranded the Programme for Capacity Development in Africa, the GODAN Programme for Capacity Development in Africa.
We are able to push the Open Data engagement agenda in Africa, due in large part to the contacts and influence of GODAN among development partners. The joint effort of our team and GODAN has made a big difference. As a nod to the support GODAN has provided, we have rebranded the Programme for Capacity Development in Africa, the GODAN Programme for Capacity Development in Africa.”
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