Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) emerged the 2nd Runners Up of the Devolution Warrior Awards Kifaru Category. This was announced during the 2nd edition initiative organized by The Council of Governors (COG) on 16th August 2023, in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. The Kifaru Award category is for someone or an institution that has provided support and taken a keen interest in a particular devolved sector and objectively addresses the issues that relate to that sector.
MESPT’s work in line with the award.
With funds from DANIDA, the European Union and The Nature Conservancy, MESPT has been supporting the agriculture and financial sectors in 27 Counties , to increase capacity in agricultural productivity, access to finance for employment creation and poverty alleviation with a focus on women and youth. To this award, our achievements include:
- 27 Counties have increased agricultural productivity and food safety resulting in 17 County Food Safety Committees established, and members trained on Food and Feed Control System and domesticated food and feed safety regulation at county level.
- 12 Agricultural Training Centers (ATCs) are revamped through renovations that support training and have been equipped with modern facilities for training of farmers in agriculture. The centres are accredited and are attracting youths and different organizations for training and meetings.
- 12 counties have their regulatory framework on feed and food safety in place with increased county investment in surveillance and inspection with budget provision in their 2023/2027 CIDPs.
- 5 wet markets have new infrastructure, staff trained on sanitation & hygiene, market management, new food and feed inspection philosophy and wet market management policies and bills developed.
- 465 County Staff trained as Trainers of Trainees (TOTs) to provide training and extension services on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) based on CBET approach. The TOTs have trained 16,964 Value Chain Actors (VCAs) and 3000 champions for food safety.
- 15 Green technologies have been promoted with 8,000 farmers adopting the technologies. The farmers can save energy and water and know how to reuse their waste, thus increasing their incomes while conserving the environment.
- Overall, 150,000 farmers have been trained, KES 7 billion in sales turnover realized, 70,000 jobs created, and 600 youth enterprises strengthened.
- KES 6.6 billion disbursed in credit reaching over 350,000 end users for investment in agribusiness and impacting over 1,330,000 people in Kenya (Average Household (HH) size of 3.8)
About the Devolution Conference and Warrior Awards
Over the last 9 years, the Council of Governors, in collaboration with other devolution stakeholders, has hosted (7) Annual Devolution Conferences in various Counties across the Country. This year’s conference marks the 8th edition being held in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu from 16th -18th August 2023. The Devolution conferences seek to: take stock of the progress made in devolution; offer a platform for sub-national governments to deliberate on matters of interest and upscale these conversations on a national and global scale and promote sharing and learning of best practices both locally and beyond.
As part of the Devolution Conference, the Council of Governors holds the Devolution Warrior Awards aimed at recognizing and celebrating the efforts of individuals and institutions that have shown exemplary performance in promoting, protecting and championing devolution in Kenya. Indeed, the journey of devolution has been marked by successes, challenges and new opportunities that offer unique solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing our society today. The Devolution Warrior Awards seeks to recognize and celebrate the efforts of individuals and institutions that have been at the forefront in promoting, protecting, and championing devolution in Kenya. These awards are held after every 5 years, with the inaugural awards being held during the 4th Annual Devolution Conference in 2017.