Community Enterprise Development Planning

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VACID Africa is proud to announce its partnership with the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP) to promote sustainable enterprise formation along the agricultural value chains using smallholder community activities. We are involved with KAPAP in the Nyeri County in Aquaculture. And with the Fruits and Nuts Value Chain in the Taita Taveta County. We are also involved in supporting various action research programmes for KAPAP.

Our focus is to provide you with our model of value chain linked agribusiness initiatives by forming community owned Enterprise Development Plans. We provide our approach in creating agribusinesses by describing our model for each of our agricultural extension interventions using a value chain focus.

Step I

Identify where the business enterprise shall be located and what anchor value chain will be used. The business name is important as if forms the basis for anyone to interact with the business in a formalized. If we consider the case of the fish value chain, this step has been actualized by working with Department of Culture and Social Services to create a fish value chain group. KAPAP and the farmers engaged in fish production have been key actors in this. The critical element in the Enterprise Development Plan is therefore has been the creation of the business with the following parameters:

Business Name: Nyeri County Fish Value Chain Farmers Organization

Step II

Any business is created for a given purpose. In this case, the business is created to help farmers stop doing their agricultural activities with no definite vision. We have therefore crafted a vision of the Fish Value Chain Organization as follows:

Our vision: An empowered and financially stable community of farmers

Step III

The vision for a business is an important step, it defines the broad focus for the business. In order to make the vision feasible or realizable, we now must indicate how we seek to achieve this by defining its mission. Taking the case of the fish value chain, we have defined the enterprise mission as follows:

Our mission: To create a farmers agribusiness initiative for the wealth creation of smallholder farmers through the agricultural value chains

Step III

In order to realize this vision, specific objectives must be coined from the mission of creating agribusiness initiatives for wealth creation of smallholder farmers through agricultural value chains. It should be noted that we have not zeroed down on the fish value chains rather we have focused on the agricultural value chains and therefore must now address the objectives to realize the mission through the following objectives:

The business objective

1. To create an agribusiness model that supports fish producers to market their fish

2. To mobilize farmers to adopt fish farming and to create fish value chain support groups

3. To educate farmers individually and in their groups through their leaders on sustainable aquaculture and good agricultural practices

4. To market farmers’ produce to external markets and to themselves through the utilization of their produce for nutrition and health enhancement

Other Steps

Other steps in the creation of the agricultural enterprises are pursued based on the value chain the location is endowed with coupled with whatever operational constraints may be scanned from the environment. It is therefore critical to scan the environment from a multisectoral perspective, which we do to help formulate the agribusinesses.

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