PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN KENYA¿S HORTICULTURE WITH REFERENCE TO THE NATIONAL TASKFORCE ON HORTICULTURE
The Kenya National Task Force on Horticulture was created in 2004 in response to challenges in the international markets. It is a multi-stakeholder interactive and consensus-building forum with representation from public and private sector stakeholders in the horticulture sub-sector, promoting private-public sector dialogue. The major goal being to assure Kenyas horticultural produce complies with market requirements and sustains its reputation as a leading grower and exporter of horticultural produce. The taskforce has been involved in activities of capacity building; accreditation of business support facilities; awareness creation, development of common strategies; risk assessment; adoption of international codes of practices and regulations and market diversification. The setting up of the National Taskforce on Horticulture has enabled level platforms between the public and private sectors for discussions related to specific issues such as pesticide residue, interceptions due to pests, early warning systems, pesticide residue monitoring plan, food miles, marketing standards and others have brought common strategies/ understanding to be opened, resulting in positive growths to these sub-sectors. The taskforce advocates for proactiveness rather than reactiveness while recognizing the evolving market requirements; adjusting accordingly thereby ensuring Kenyas exports remain competitive. Additionally the taskforce calls for consideration of equivalence where countries have systems in place to meet market requirements though not written as provided in a given standard. This basically means that benchmarking of local operations should be facilitated or considered when developing standards. For example, KenyaGAP is benchmarked to GlobalGAP, meaning in essence that a system that is KenyaGAP certified will be equivalent to a GlobalGAP certified system. The taskforce has shared experiences with similar outfits in Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda. The horticultural industry in Tanzania has expressed desire to form a similar taskforce after visiting Kenya. Our experience is that institutional rivalism should be discouraged.
Kigamwa, J.N. and Kedera, J.C. (2011). PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN KENYA¿S HORTICULTURE WITH REFERENCE TO THE NATIONAL TASKFORCE ON HORTICULTURE. Acta Hortic. 911, 39-46
proactiveness, equivalence, interactive, consensus-building, public/private sector partnerships