The African Centre for Technology Studies, in partnership with the International Institute for Environment and Development, UK HighClere Consulting, Romania and African partners under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funded Small Farms, Small Food Businesses and Sustainable Food Security (SALSA) project organized a one-day policy dialogue on 30 October 2019 in Nairobi. The workshop was themed the African Macro Regional Agriculture Policy Workshop.

The workshop brought together SASLA project partners in Africa and Europe, African Regional Economic Communities representatives, national policymakers, practitioners, researchers, farmer associations, private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations with to contribute to recommendations regarding the most appropriate contemporary policy interventions for maintaining and enhancing the integration of small farms and small food businesses into modern agri-food value chains.

The discussions focused on: bringing together a diverse range of decision-makers familiar with–and active in–rural policy-making at different levels; reflecting upon an assessment of the needs of small farms and small food businesses undertaken in four reference regions in Kenya, Malawi, Ghana and Cape Verde; identifying the most appropriate multi-level (national, regional and local) policy interventions to address these needs and learn and share with European partners and EU countries; brainstorm on avenues that would create opportunities provided by the prevailing policy frameworks in Africa for implementing these interventions.

Dr Jessica Ndubi, from InnovAfrica was among the panelists presenting on the agricultural policies that favor diffusion and establishment of agriculture innovations.

Dr Jessica Ndubi at the panel session speaking on the contribution of agricultural policies for innovations

She identified some Kenyan policies such as the National Agricultural Sector Extension Policy (NASEP), that the government undertakes to: promote pluralism in extension service delivery; invest in building capacity of extension service providers (ESPs), extension clientele and relevant institutions, and promote decentralized extension service provision via clientele organizations and other grassroots institutions and how this has impacted the development, dissemination and deployment of the Brachiaria SAI and Village Knowledge Centre (VKC) in Kangundo Kenya.