Institutional Strengthening of AgCK and Member Institutions
AgCK endeavors to strengthen its own and member institutions capacity to deliver services to members and articulate their value proposition. AgCK ensures that members find value by complementing on their role and addressing the gaps where they are identified through targeted interventions while giving members opportunity to link up, share experiences and work in collaboration for synergy towards holistic value chain development and agricultural sector growth by building strategic coalitions that incorporate men, women, youth, consumers and other special interest and vulnerable groups. On the other hand, AgCK’s own institutional sustainability and that of its members is premised on increased membership mobilization and organization for horizontal and vertical integration, service delivery and programmatic development interventions through mutually beneficial partnerships.
Agricultural Research, Analysis and advocacy
AgCK conducts research and analysis on policy issues in the agriculture sector aimed at addressing micro and macroeconomic policy issues bearing on agricultural production, handling, processing and marketing; sustainability of agricultural systems and natural resources as well as the environmental issues that impact on agriculture. Through engagement of members, the Council identifies issues and gaps in the sector in need of research to inform redress strategies. The research, analysis and advocacy work formulated through AgCK’s consultative processes is delivered in collaboration with its constituent members, affiliates and partners through systematic processes which comprise of AgCK policy action node and sectoral policy nodes which are used in the multifaceted engagement process. The approach helps in understanding of the agriculture related challenges and thereafter informs development of critical resources for resolving such challenges through policy advocacy initiatives.
Agricultural Data, Information and Knowledge Management
The AgCK endeavors to maintain an online repository of all research materials that are applicable to her membership and the entre agricultural sector through development of the Agriculture Data and Resource Center (ADRC). The data is gathered from AgCK’s membership across the sector and aggregated into a data portal which, once launched, will provide both reliable, accurate and authoritative raw and analyzed data accessible to the public. The benefits of this ADRC include: Enabling more efficient and effective decision making through credible and authoritative references by stakeholders at all levels, from smallholder farmers to policymakers; Fostering innovations that everyone can benefit from – as a raw material for creating new services, insights, and applications; and Driving agricultural sector change through transparency in food production chains, and by openly measuring and documenting progress against targets.
Value chain development and business development services
AgCK develops agricultural product value chains through various strategic interventions that are focused on specific value chains based on members’ needs. To effectively deliver this function, the Council undertakes value chain analysis, identify the bottlenecks, and undertakes enterprise development interventions to unlock these value chains.