Consultant to analyse policy gaps

Consultant to analyse the policy gaps and roll out the national dialogue on agroforestry policy in Kenya

Organization: Vi Agroforestry
Project: ALIVE Project
Focus:  Analysis of the policy gaps and roll out the national dialogue on agroforestry policy in Kenya
Duration: The assignment is to be conducted in 10 days, between 28th November and 11th December 2019.

Background and context

Advocacy is a cluster in the ALIVE programme and a thematic area in Vi Agroforestry’s strategy. The strategy recognizes that sustainable development for the environment and for farmer families’ livelihoods requires a conducive policy environment. Vi Agroforestry and its partners must actively be involved in policy dialogue and advocate for change locally, nationally, regionally and internationally. This is vital in Vi Agroforestry’s work and is part of the theory of change. The areas of concern for lobbying and advocacy are sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, climate change and equal rights for women and men on rights to land and other productive resources.

The agriculture sector, the environment, farmers’ organisations and smallholder farmer families are disadvantaged by unfair policies. This requires their participation and representation in policy processes. The involvement of NGOs and civil society organisations in policy formulation is instrumental in including the rights of farmers and ensuring proper implementation of policies involving rights. Advocacy can bridge the gap between the duty bearers (such as government) and rights holders (such as the farmer families) and improve service delivery and thereby livelihoods for smallholder farmer families in Sub-Saharan Africa. Together, farmers’ organisations have greater influence and can pursue joint lobbying and advocacy work.

In view of this Vi Agroforestry has developed an advocacy strategy. The overarching advocacy goal is to have an agroforestry policy formulated, adopted and implemented in each of the four East African countries by 2030. The strategy shall work from local to global levels to realize this goal.

Description of the task 
The consultant will be expected to document the existing policy gaps, highlight the need for an agroforestry policy and propose a process plan for rolling out the agroforestry policy dialogue in Kenya.

Objective and purpose

These Terms of Reference provide a framework for engagement between Vi Agroforestry and the consultant. The purpose of this work is to identify existing policy gaps, highlight the need for an agroforestry policy and propose a process plan for rolling out the agroforestry policy dialogue in Kenya.

The specific objectives for the exercise include:

  1. To analyze relevant sector policy documents in Kenya
  2. To identify the need for a national agroforestry policy in Kenya
  3. To map relevant actors nationally – state, non-state, their roles, and geographical spread that can form part of the push for the national agroforestry policy
  4. To develop a process plan for rolling out the agroforestry policy dialogue in Kenya

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