The Danish government, through Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya, developed a five-year Programme (The Country Programme: 2016 – 2020) that provides a roadmap on how Denmark will provide support to development initiatives in Kenya within that period. The Country Programme builds on lessons learnt, emerging challenges and the opportunities for democratic and economic reforms provided for in the 2010 Constitution.
The Thematic Programme on Green Growth and Employment has a total budget of KES 7.5 billion. The objective is “Inclusive greener growth with higher employment”. The Thematic Programme focuses it support on two intervention areas: –
The overall vision for the Programme is to support the Government and people of Kenya in implementing Vision 2030 to create ‘a globally competitive and prosperous country with a high quality of life by 2030’. Importantly to note, the Programme seeks to contribute to ‘inclusive greener growth with higher employment in Kenya’.
It is expected that by the end of the programme, outcomes will be evident with respect to jobs created especially for women and youth, improved competitiveness of targeted businesses and value chains, and improved resource efficiency and access to and uptake of cleaner technology and climate-sensitive solutions.
The Value Chain Greening and Financing component of the Green Growth and Employment Programme seeks to contribute towards increased sustainable growth and jobs in the agriculture sector, from investment and trade, especially for women and youth. This goal will be realized through improved competitiveness of targeted businesses and value chains in the agriculture sector coupled with improved resource efficiency and increased adoption of clean and climate-sensitive solutions.
MESPT under the GGEP is intervening in five growth-oriented agricultural value chains with significant potential for green growth. MESPT engagement seeks to facilitate growth by enhancing competitiveness of these value chains. The value chains are expected to adopt resource and cost-efficient systems of production enabled by access to tailored credit facilities and non-financial services expected to further enhance resilience. Access to domestic, regional and export markets will be enhanced with increased market demand expected to stimulate increase in primary and secondary production thus job creation and income generation for target Smallholder farmers. The infrastructure that is critical for competitiveness will also be established through public-private partnerships.
The Programme is emphasizing on synergy as a lever to improving market access for the target Smallholder farmers through strategic collaborations