A new study reveals that institutional set-up and governance arrangements could enhance opportunities for learning and innovation for smallholder farmers. The study investigates the role of partnerships between smallholder cut-flower farmers and exporters in Kenya in fostering innovation and learning. The study paper is part of the proceedings of the international conference on ‘Innovations in extension and advisory services: linking knowledge to policy and action’, held in Kenya in November 2011. The conference which was organised by The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural co-operation (CTA) in collaboration with other organisations, focused on agricultural extension and advisory services.
The study which explored extension, governance and capacity building along the agricultural value chain, came in the wake of increased interest in extension and advisory services; the government of Kenya was in the process of adopting a new ‘extension policy- the National Agricultural Sector Extension Policy (NASEP) which largely advocates for a pluralistic approach in extension and advisory services, with the recognition of the private sector as important actors in provision of this service.
The paper is authored by Dr. Maurice Bolo, the Director– Scinnovent Centre