KALRO Management

Project Management

The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) has an apex National Project Steering Committee (NPSC) chaired by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAF&I) for coordination at the national level while the technical aspects of the project are handled at the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) und the leadership of the Administrative Secretary.

The day to day running of the project is coordinated by the National Project Coordinator (NPC) heading the National Project Coordination Unit (NPCU). Within the counties the County Project Steering Committee (CPSC) under the ambit of the CEC Agriculture oversees Project activities at the county level while the technical aspects of the project are handled by the County Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC) under the Director, Agricultural Sector. The County Project Coordination Unit (CPCU) runs the day to day activities of the project the Community Driven Development Committee (CDDC) under the leadership of elected leaders, guides in determining the County projects.

KALRO-KCSAP Project Coordination

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization has set up the KALRO-KCSAP coordinating office that directs activities in Component 2 of the larger Project. It has three coordinators namely; Crops and Livestock coordinators all of which are under component 2. The third coordinator is in charge of Component 3 Agro-weather Forecasting and Marketing Information systems and their dissemination tools in KALRO

Component 2 supports the development, validation, and adoption of context specific Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Technologies, Innovations and Management Practices (TIMPS) for target beneficiaries in Components 1 and 3 and also develops sustainable seed production and distribution systems. It aims to strengthen the technical and institutional capacity of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) to deliver on its mandate. It has three

Subcomponents namely:

  • Subcomponent 2.1: Supporting Climate-Smart Agricultural Research and Innovations
  • Subcomponent 2.2: Building Competitive and Sustainable Seed Systems
  • Subcomponent 2.3: Strengthening Technical and Institutional

Subcomponent 2.1: Supporting Climate-Smart Agricultural Research and Innovations

This subcomponent finances the development, validation, and dissemination of context-specific TIMPS that deliver CSA triple-wins. TIMPs have been developed and validated through demand-driven adaptive research approaches; and made available for scaling up and dissemination. This subcomponent finances collaborative research programs to develop and promote TIMPs related to five thematic areas:

  • Climate-smart crops;
  • Climate-smart livestock and aquaculture;
  • Socioeconomic research on CSA TIMPs;
  • Land, water, and agroforestry;
  • Sustainable bioenergy, including the charcoal VC.

Subcomponent 2.2: Building Competitive and Sustainable Seed Systems

This subcomponent finances crop, livestock, and aquaculture breeding programs; and promote private sector and community involvement in producing and distributing commercial seed. KCSAP will work with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS), the Kenya Animal Genetic Resource Center, KALRO, CGIAR centres, universities, and others in the national agricultural research system (NARS) to develop and strengthen commercially driven seed multiplication and distribution systems. The subcomponent finances interventions across six thematic areas:

  • Producing and maintaining early generation seed and promoting improved seed, especially of high-value traditional crops;
  • Strengthening seed, breed, and fingerling production systems;
  • Developing and strengthening alternative delivery systems for high-value traditional seed and open pollinated varieties (OPVs);
  • Catalyzing the growth of competitive seed retail networks;
  • (v) developing and advocating a conducive legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for seeds, breeds, and fingerlings;
  • Supporting national public-private dialogue (PPD) platforms on seeds, breeds, and fingerlings.

Subcomponent 2.3: Strengthening Technical and Institutional

This subcomponent strengthens the NARS’s technical and institutional capacity to deliver CSA TIMPs, and it also supports development of sustainable seed, breeding stock, and fingerling delivery systems in Kenya.

Under technical capacity strengthening its finances:

  • Development and implementation of a NARS coordination framework, including the strengthening of knowledge management systems;
  • Professional development training (11PhDs and 20 MScs), short-term technical training, and staff retooling;
  • Hiring interns in specialized areas to support the existing scientific staff at KALRO;
  • CSA curriculum development for agricultural universities and colleges.