The overall objective of this project is to review, test and finalize a national data collection tool for the horticulture sector in Kenya, including farmers and Micro, Small and Medium enterprises.
NATIONAL HORTICULTURE TASK FORCE
The Kenya National Horticulture Task Force was created in 2004 in response to challenges in the international markets. It was a multi-stakeholder interactive and consensus-building forum with representation from public and private sector stakeholders in the horticulture sub-sector, promoting private-public sector dialogue. The major goal being to assure Kenya’s horticultural produce complies with market requirements and sustains its reputation as a leading grower and exporter of horticultural produce. The taskforce was involved in activities of capacity building; accreditation of business support facilities; awareness creation, development of common strategies; risk assessment; adoption of international codes of practices and regulations and market diversification.
However, it is noted that there still exists a huge potential for the growth of this industry within the regional and domestic markets yet this has been held back by a number of challenges that include:
a) Inadequate coordination of horticulture, development partners and other stakeholders at national and country level;
b) Weak institutions and associations across horticulture value chains;
c) Invalid, unreliable data and inadequate market infrastructure and supply chain for appropriate handling of horticulture produce from farm to the markets.
NEED FOR RELIABLE AND CONSISTENT INFORMATION
One of the objectives of the NHT is to facilitate the provision of reliable and consistent information on issues relating to the horticultural sector to all sector players /actors and NHT established a Data, Information Management, Market Development and Trade Facilitation committee (DIMMD&TF) with public and private stakeholders. NHT, through the DIMMD&TF committee has developed a draft data collection tool with the aim to collect data along horticulture value chain from production to marketing in Kenya. COLEACP selected Q-Point to assist in finalization of this tool to sharpen it further to ensure all based are covered.
Phases in this COLEACP project with NHT:
Phase 1: User needs assessment
Phase 2: Piloting of the data tool in one county
Phase 3: Identification and partnering with a company to implement an Information Management System (MOU). Training of the NHT data team members in rolling out the tool.
COLEACP – NExT Kenya programme
REQUESTING PARTY AND PARTNERS
National Taskforce on Horticulture Kenya
November 2021 – Sept 2022