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GoK, IFAD conduct supervision Mission
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GoK, IFAD conduct supervision Mission

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Kenya (GOK) conducted a comprehensive joint supervision mission from the 12th to 22nd of March, 2024 to evaluate the progress of the Kenya Livestock Commercialization Project implementation for FY 2023/2024. The mission was led by Mariatu Kamara - IFAD Country Director for Kenya, Bishar Fille Elmi – Director for Livestock Production and Dr. Moses Kembe – Project Coordinator. The mission team traveled to five counties, namely Samburu, Nakuru, Baringo, Trans Nzoia, and Elgeyo Marakwet to assess the project's implementation status.

The primary objective of the visit was to assess the extent of project implementation and evaluate the progress made, while also addressing any challenges encountered to ensure alignment with the project's overarching objective of enhancing the productivity of small livestock by promoting modern animal husbandry practices, improving animal health, and facilitating market access.

During the mission, the team interacted with key stakeholders, including project beneficiaries, county government officials (Governors, Deputy Governors and County Commissioners) and local community representatives. The team also conducted field visits to selected project sites within the selected counties to observe firsthand the implementation status of the project on small-scale farmers and livestock keepers.

The team identified several areas where the project has begun making steps towards improved livestock productivity, enhanced income for small-scale farmers, and increased market access opportunities. The team also identified some challenges, including inadequate veterinary services, limited access to improved breeds, limited access to quality animal feeds, and inadequate water supply in some areas.

Overall, the mission was successful in identifying achievements and challenges faced during the project's implementation. The IFAD and GOK will work together to address the challenges identified and ensure that the project's objectives are met, thereby contributing to the development of the Kenyan livestock sector and improving the livelihoods of small-scale farmers.

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