Call for applications, "Strengthening capacities and tools for scaling-up and disseminating innovations (2016 - 2018)"

Deadline: 
28/08/2017

PROCASUR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are pleased to announce a Learning Initiative (LI) on Farmers Organizations in the Kenyan Dairy sector. 

It is developed under the Large Regional IFAD-Procasur Grant Programme "Strengthening capacities and tools for scaling-up and disseminating innovations (2016 - 2018)".

This topic was selected resting on the consolidated results of the (i) online survey lunched by PROCASUR in April 2016 in the ESA region, (ii) in depth interviews to project managers of IFAD funded projects in the ESA region, and (iii) experts’ consultation undertaken among specialists in the area of Farmers Organizations. 

As part of the learning initiative, the Learning Route "Linking smallholders to commercialization practices: the case of Farmers Organizations in the Kenyan dairy sector" will take place in Kenya from the 8 - 14 of October 2017.

CROSS REGIONAL FOCUS: This Learning Initiative will focus on cross-regional learning in three cross-thematic areas relevant to Farmers Organizations identified as follows:

  • Internal-organizational strengthening: finance, administration, legality
  • Market access: market diversification, chain-linking (value chains), public markets, innovation-value-added,
  • Social inclusion: Youth and gender

The main objective of having a cross-regional LI is to identify the tools for the improvement of IFAD projects in their work with FOs; and to identify the tools for improving the work of the FOs in rural communities. Participants will gain expertise on how to strengthen FOs’ capacities to integrate smallholders into commercialization mode.

This initiative will expose participants from different IFAD projects and partner institutions with a range of innovative mechanisms and learning activities organized directly on the field through the pooling and sharing of knowledge. Innovative local initiatives will give participants the opportunity to analyze and to learn about innovative tools and practices developed by different actors on Farmers Organizations directly from the local champions in the host experiences and with the support of thematic experts all along the Route. During this Learning Route, there will be the presence of TWO leading  FOs from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to present and share their experiences contributing to the debate and South to South learning. Furthermore, thematic panels of experts and workshops will be organized in collaboration with the East African Farmers Federation (EAFF).  
Country teams composed by 2 to 4 persons are encouraged to apply: candidates will be selected amongst IFAD’s projects staff, public and private stakeholders, NGOS, CSOs. Being a cross regional initiative, participants from WCA, ESA, NEN, APR and LAC will be considered for selection; however, priority in the selection will be given to country teams of IFAD’s projects working with FOs as a major thematic focus. 

During and after the journey, country-teams will be supported in the elaboration of an innovation plan aimed at replicating innovations in their country/organizations/projects.  Particular attention will be reserved to ex-post monitoring and accompaniment of the LR participants to insure the correct implementation of the innovation learning and sharing process and to give sustainability to the Innovation Plans designed by the "ruteros" (Route participants in Spanish).

Candidates will be selected amongst IFAD’s projects staff, public and private stakeholders, NGOS, CSOs. Being a cross regional initiative, participants from WCA, ESA, NEN, APR and LAC will be considered for selection; however, priority in the selection will be given to country teams of IFAD’s projects working with FOs as a major thematic focus. 

Apply no later than Monday, August 28th 2017!

View the flyer here.