The Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF) has unveiled its 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, which aims to modernize and strengthen the agriculture industry in order to promote food and nutrition security, as well as farmers’ incomes and livelihoods.
The federation has set out seven pillars to achieve this, including improving lobbying, advocacy, and policy action, as well as improving member services and contributing to a sustainable Kenyan agri-food system.
It has also committed to utilizing the youth and women’s energy, enthusiasm, innovation, and knowledge to drive value chain development and commercialization, farmer-led climate action, and resilience building against shocks and emergencies, promote the use of data innovations in agriculture, and form partnerships and collaborations.
Giving his remarks during the launch, KENNAF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Daniel M’Mailutha said, “through this plan, we intend to leverage millions of our members, and the enthusiasm and determination of Kenyan farmers to build quality lives for their families in line with the aspirations of Vision 2030”.
To measure the success of the strategic interventions over the next five years, KENNAF hopes to achieve; a 500 per cent increase in revenue sources and a debt-free federation by 2026, enhanced leadership and governance at all development levels.
The federation also expects increased participation of farmer representation, improved member satisfaction and have a 65 per cent increase in membership with particular focus on the youth, women and other vulnerable and marginalized groups.
“I commend KENAFF for the commitment to mobilize and organize farmers from all over Kenya for production and marketing as well as to speak in one voice to the national and county governments,” said Jane Njuguna ,Deputy Director, Research & Development, Kenya Forestry Research Institute(KEFRI).
The federation also presented a 10-year KENAFF Farm Forestry and Afforestation Programme (KENAFF FF&AP) at the event, with the goal of mobilizing Kenyan farmers from all 47 counties to plant 10 billion trees over the next ten years (2021 to 2030).
The program also aims to promote and embed the tree value chain in Kenya’s agricultural sector, as well as other climate-friendly techniques such as sustainable land management, fodder banking, climate-responsive farming systems, and ecosystem service payment.