Improved access to knowledge tools and inputs, ‘push forces’, combined with improved market linkages, policy environment, business development and financial services, ‘pull forces’, will drive inclusive economic, particularly agricultural growth, and improved food and nutrition security for women and children. In line with the Feed the Future strategy for Kenya for the medium term, it is expected that AVCD will lead to:
- An improved agricultural enabling environment: AVCD will produce seven policy briefs, providing empirical evidence to support policy decisions. It will also support 27 producer organizations and 18 private sector seed businesses gain management skills and information, and help to meet identified knowledge-based needs of value chain partners.
- Expanded markets and increased trade: Increased productivity resulting from expanded markets and increased trade will drive inclusive agricultural growth and economic development, increasing the value and volume of their products and their gross margins by at least 15%. In each value chain, immediate outcomes will be driven by increasing access to specific products, linking producers and processors to markets, and providing market information and prices to producers. Provided with ICT-based information system on product prices, the value chain actors will be helped organize themselves to enhance marketing and price negotiations. Farmers will receive support to undertake planning and business development activities, facilitating their transition to commercial farming.
- Improved productivity of selected value chains: Drawing on their research for development experience, the implementing centres will ensure that productivity enhancing technologies and innovations—such as improved crop varieties, livestock breed and improvement systems, agronomic practices, drought and disease resistant seeds, livestock vaccines and veterinary services— are widely applied by farmers.
- Improved access and diversity of food, and nutrition related behaviour: The selected value chains produce a wide variety of foods, sources of: protein (livestock products and grain legumes), starch (potatoes and sorghums), and vitamins (orange-fleshed sweet potatoes). By increasing the productivity and utilization of these crops, AVCD will improve access to, and diversity of, food consumed by 150,000 target households. It will also improve the food quality at household and market level by improving storage, processing, and cooking techniques. Cross-cutting issues of gender, climate change, and young people will be a key focus of AVCD. Women and young people will form a core target group in each value chain in efforts to promote enterprise development in recognition of their role in food production and nutrition in Kenya. AVCD will also will work with community organizations and households to promote women’s engagement in value chain activities and their control over incomes derived from their participation, and young people will play a key role in service delivery in the value chains.