Over 5000 Nakuru farmers benefit from a multi-billion World-bank funded program.
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Over 5000 Nakuru farmers benefit from a multi-billion World-bank funded program.

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The County Government of Nakuru is collaborating with the National Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (NAVCDP) to increase market participation and value addition among more than 5,000 farmers through a Sh28.75 billion World Bank-funded initiative.

The project is set to unlock new opportunities for maximizing finance and private sector investments in the value chains, through a range of assets such as improved subsidy through e-vouchers and operationalizing warehouse receipt financing.

 This was revealed during a meeting with the NAVCDP County Project Steering Committee, to discuss plans for rolling out the farmers’ registration program into NAVCDP, The County Executive Committee Member(CECM) in charge of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, Leonard Bor, noted that the initiative was focusing on farmers engaged in poultry, fruits, (banana, mango, and avocado), vegetables (tomato and potato), coffee, cotton, cashew nuts, apiculture, and pyrethrum value chains.

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Livestock and Cooperatives Committee

He encouraged farmers across the devolved unit to register for the project, as it would create numerous opportunities for the county in terms of promoting agricultural development.

 “By registering farmers, the county will be able to gather important data about agricultural activities and better understand the needs and challenges faced by farmers in the county,” the CECM said.

The meeting marks a proactive and strategic approach by the county government in promoting agricultural development and growth.

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March 29, 2021 The World Bank approved a $250 million International Development Association (IDA) credit for a new National Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (NAVCDP) that will increase market participation and value addition for 500,000 small-scale farmers in Kenya who are engaged in nine value chains across 26 counties.

The counties to benefit include Nakuru, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Kwale, Tana River, Kakamega, Busia, Kisii, Migori, Homa Bay, Narok, Bomet, Kericho, Nyandarua, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Muranga, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Embu and Nyeri.

The project has become a popular approach worldwide used to increase the incomes of small producers and the economically active poor adding that it was an essential framework for understanding how inputs and services are brought together and then used to grow, transform, or manufacture a product.

Counties that have already started the project include, Kisumu, Kakamega, Uasin Gishu, and Nyandarua. In Taita Taveta, the NAVCDP replaced the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP).

The five components of the project include; Building Producer capacity for climate resilient stronger value chains; climate smart value chain ecosystem investments; piloting climate smart safer urban food Systems; Project coordination and management; and contingent emergency response component.

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Agriculture remains the lifeline of Kenya’s economy and the most significant contributor to its gross domestic product (GDP), as it contributes 25 percent to GDP directly, and an additional 27 percent indirectly through links with manufacturing, distribution, and related activities.

The agricultural sector has become the largest employer in the country, accounting for over 70 percent of the total labor force, with one in five people in rural areas deriving their livelihoods from agriculture-related activities.

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