The Programme approach is based on a strategic partnership between the European Union and three Rome-Based Agencies (RBA), WFP, IFAD and FAO, building on their comparative advantages to support GoK in farmer graduation from food insecurity to market-oriented farming, including Good Agricultural Practices, resilience, and sustainable NRM. To operationalize the RBA partnership from joint design through Programme execution, there is a RBA Technical Coordination Group (RBA-TCG) composed of the PCU Coordinator and the FAO and WFP representatives.
The RBA-TCG is responsible for the following;
- Plan respective contributions to the Programme AWPB in target counties to ensure planned complementarity and synergies (this contribution will be integrated in the AWPB by the PCU prior to submission to the PSC);
- Preview and discuss Programme implementation progress;
- Jointly plan and participate to implementation support & supervision missions;
- Provide technical advisory support;
- Provide updates on implementation results of relevant complementary projects to KCEP-CRAL funded by the RBAs;
- Identify opportunities for synergies with Government and other donor-funded activities in target counties; and
- Analyze existing gaps between the analytical, planning and programming tools of the RBAs to improve coordination mechanisms.
The contribution of the EU and each of the RBAs is highlighted below.
- The World Food Programme will provide support to food and nutrition-insecure farmers to graduate to subsistence farming, where the households gradually build productive assets and acquire agricultural production and agricultural risk management skills to meet basic food needs through production and a diversified livelihoods approach. WFP is working with communities on a variety of asset-creation projects – rainwater harvesting for human and livestock use, soil and water conservation, rehabilitation of degraded land, and production of drought-tolerant crops. These assets and the development of related skills enable communities to improve their resilience and increase food sufficiency and nutrition security.
- The International Fund for Agricultural Development will provide support to farmers who have reached household subsistence level to graduate to market-oriented farming for value chains with market potential while retaining their diversified livelihood coping strategy supported by WFP. Through its ASAP Programme, IFAD will also support investments for improved NRM and resilience to climate change at all levels. Experience indicates that a combination of soil/water conservation approaches to agriculture reduces vulnerability to climate change and pressure on the natural resource base.
- The Food and Agriculture Organization throughout this graduation process will support targeted farmer groups and counties in adoption of Good Agricultural Practices including Conservation Agriculture.
- The European Union will sustain the expansion of KCEP to ASALs through this joint GoK and RBA initiative by:
- Providing additional funding to its original contribution to the KCEP through IFAD to contribute through the Programme to strengthening institutional capacity to manage droughts and improve food security and livelihoods in the ASALs; and
- Providing a contribution to FAO.