The agricultural sector in Kenya continues to be a fundamental pillar enshrined in the tenets of sustainable development which has the potential to transform the economy and lead to accelerated growth.

In order to realize set targets, the Government through the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF) developed its Strategic Plan (2013 -2017) which was based on the Kenya Vision 2030, MTP II, Jubilee Manifesto, the Constitution, and Agriculture sector policies which aim to realize an innovative, commercially oriented and modern agricultural sector.

In order to achieve these changes farmers will have to adopt climate smart agricultural technologies while efforts will have to be put in place to increase involvement of the youth and PWDs in income generating ventures in the crops, livestock and fisheries sub sectors.

This sector based ENNOVA Ideation & Challenge aims to directly address the 2nd goal in the 17 proposed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is to; End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture while incorporating other related SDGs.

The planned ENNOVA Ideation & Challenge on Agriculture will bring players from the Central Government, MoALF sub-sectors, Parastatals, Technological organizations, Institutions of Higher learning, Lobby & Policy groups, NGOs, CSOs and select members of the public.

The areas to be addressed in the challenge were crowd sourced from the past Statehouse Summit on agricultural and sectorial needs listed in the Strategic Plan for Improving Agriculture and Rural Statistics (SPARS) 2015-2022.

This ideation aims at developing solutions to current gaps in relation to Agriculture.

It begins with receiving submissions of ideas on existing challenges in Agriculture that have been identified. Deadline is 2nd May 2017.

Thereafter, there will be a meeting of directors from both the Public and Private Sector to present data challenges followed by a second meeting of Academia, Researchers and practitioners in Agriculture.

This will be followed by a Hackathon that responds to the gaps which are required to improve decision making in response to the challenges ailing the Agricultural Sector in Kenya.

The Key Partners are:

  • I-Hub
  • Hivos East &Central Africa
  • Ford Foundation
  • The Kenya School of Government

The Event will be held on 10th May, 2017 at the iHub and will be hosted by The Agriculture CS Mr. Willy Bett.