Kenya has launched, after the violence of 2007-2008, a new constitution in 2010 to encourage devolution and popular participation and it is precisely to strengthen the latter that the activity of strengthening the capacity of small scale farmes to affect local and agricultural policies fits.
The project involved 80 community leaders who were recipients of training sessions on the subject of education to the Kenyan Constitution and the possibilities it provides for popular participation, especially with regard to the problems of small scale farmers.
2 days of meeting/discussion with local authorities were also organized with excellent results, as shown in the video. The activity was also extended to 4 schools to work with the youngest and peasant leaders of the future.
The results, as they tell us from the field, were important and had clear answers from the authorities.
These training activities complete the work of empowering farmers to support income and create business opportunities envisaged by the project promoted by Mani Tese. In this way, in fact, on the one hand, the economic conditions of the farmers are improved, allowing them to meet their needs and, on the other hand, through training, they work on a political level, helping them to assert their rights. This integrated approach allows a real change in the living conditions of the project recipients.
The AID 010149/MATE/KEN project is co-financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented by Mani Tese and the local partner NECOFA.