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Thursday, 28 August 2014

ASDSP transforming the agricultural sector

By Joseph King’ang’ai and Martin Mutuga
The Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme(ASDSP) is a sector programme implemented by the Government of Kenya (GoK) and the Government of Sweden (SIDA) in collaboration with interested development partners, with the overall aim to support the implementation of the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy 2010–2020 (ASDS).
The programme commenced in Laikipia County from March, 2012 with a scope of the 3 sub- counties. Through collaboration with the stakeholders in agriculture sector it has prioritized for support three value chains namely; Maize, Dairy and Sheep /Goat value chains.

ASDSP Laikipia County Value Chain prioritisation workshop
The programme objective is to increase equitable incomes, employment and food security of both male and female target groups as a result of improved production and productivity in the smallholder farm and off-farm sectors by 2017.
The initial 5 year phase is supported by the Government of Kenya and the Swedish Government. The ASDSP supports programme coordination within its primary outcome areas (environmentally resilient and socially inclusive value chain development and associated sector coordination) at national and county levels.
The programme main goal is to support the transformation of Kenya's agricultural sector into an innovative, commercially oriented, competitive and modern industry that will contribute to equitable productivity, poverty reduction, and improved food security in rural and urban Kenya by 2017.
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