County Department of Agriculture and Livestock Launches Comprehensive Mapping Initiative for SACCOs

The Food Systems and Resilience Program team today conducted an Agri-preneurs training on mapping Saccos in county at Kilimo House in Kapenguria.

A team from the National government in collaboration with the FSRP County Coordinating Unit led by Thomas Wasike engaged the Agri-preneurs on the tools and ways to map Saccos and Cooperatives in the county which will be digitized.

The five days activity will see Saccos from all the 20 wards in the county mapped out as a requirement for the Food Systems and Resilience Program.

The program, as stated by Ancieta Mwiti from Food Systems and Resilience Program Panel of Experts aims to have the existing common interest groups and vulnerable/marginalized groups incorporated into Farmers Produce Organizations (farmers Cooperatives) and saccos.

 20 wards of the county which cover the five value chains of red meat (cattle, sheep, goat and Carmel), poultry, apiculture, dairy (carmel, cattle, goats) and chicken (meat, eggs) depending on the area and supported by Food Systems and Resilience Program focuses on building resilience of the food systems using smart approaches that sidesteps the effects of climate change on agriculture.

The mapping out of the saccos or farmers Cooperatives will be advantageous in terms of resource allocation, socioeconomic development, collaboration and consequently for sustainable development in the county.

Also in attendance were Samuel Okech from the State Department of Cooperatives, Legal Section, Joseph Kamau (KALRO), Victor Namboka (Agribusiness county FSRP), Gideon Bwaye(M&E, ELRP), Isaac Yarapuo (cooperatives officer) among other county staff.