The cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and EKN in relation to the development of the smallholder horticultural sector will produce the following outcomes:
- a) more than 30,000 smallholder growers are integrated in high-value horticultural production and supply arrangements for the export or high-end domestic markets in five different regional clusters;
- b) smallholder fruit and vegetable growers (of which at least 30% female growers) in the targeted horticultural clusters receive substantially higher net farm incomes (40% increase or more);
- c) strengthening of the existing vocational and graduate education programmes in the field of market-oriented horticulture production and supply;
- d) overall pesticide use (volumes sprayed) in the smallholder horticultural sector is diminished with 30% or more;
- e) residue levels of harmful pesticides on fresh horticultural produce from smallholders diminished with 50% or more;
- f) enhanced capacities within MoA and other public services for the sustained support to inclusive and sustainable development of the horticultural sector.
CINOP is mainly involved in component b, where the consortium commits to reach 250 graduates from the on-location MSC programme, and evaluate and improve that programme twice (once at project start and another time at project end). It will develop three new horticultural modules for A-TVETs which will subsequently be institutionalised (one on market-oriented horticulture and IPM for master trainer, one on the same subject for regular Development Assistants, and one on farmer field schools). It will train 20 A-TVET instructors, reaching at least 400 A-TVET students. It will support 6 sandwich PhDs. It will formulate 5 pilots with new extension methodologies and evaluate these (Farmer field schools, and embedded advisory services from spraying teams, agro-dealers, youth group enterprises and lead-firms).
- Training of ATVET teachers;
- Develop new horticultural modules for ATVET;
- Develop new approach to practical training at TVETs, implement and evaluate a pilot;
- Evaluate and upgrade MSc curriculum and teaching methods from Jimma University;
- Facilitate MSc and PhD studies
- Organise study tour to Baraka Agricultural College, Kenya