The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Joint Impact Assessment of CTA’s support to KENAFF

The partnership between KENAFF and CTA was born out of the need to strengthen information flow within KENAFF, between KANAFF and its members, and between KENAFF and stakeholders, with the main goal of strengthening access to agriculture related information by the farming community in Kenya. The partnership, which began in 2004, has impacted the Federation to a great extent, creating notable changes within the organisations’ capacities, its direct beneficiaries and the wider society.CTA commissioned a joint impact assessment study with KENAFF to review the partnership between the two organisations since 2004 and valued at 140, 103 Euros and its results (both negative and positive, whether planned for or accidental) with the aim of documenting and sharing experiences, learning from the process, and replicating success stories where they exist. The first chapter of this report introduces KENAFF as an organisation, looks at the partnership between CTA and KENAFF, and introduces the joint impact assessment study. It then looks into how the study was organised from its inception and gives a summary of the main findings.
The second chapter introduces the in-depth study, its objectives and the methodology employed. Chapter three and four look in detail at the three study areas for in-depth research. Chapter five provides conclusion and recommendations.CTA’s support for the study areas was limited in terms of period, since support started in 2004 and ended in 2010. However, this created more partnerships for KENAFF with other organisations and donors.
The first study area on Regional Information Centres (RIC) and publications was fully supported by CTA, while the second study area on radio programmes was an outcome of an expansion that happened due to the partnership between CTA and KENAFF.
A quick scan showed that although most of the capabilities have greatly impacted on the implementation of this project and other projects as well, the ability to act and commit as well as relate and achieve coherence are key. The ability to relate is more critical as it has popularised the organisation, giving it credibility and trust in the sector. Improved publicity and communication with other partners and the ability to commit and act through effective internal communication system and information sharing within the organisation has increased working relations with partners and other relevant stakeholders.
The in-depth study reveals that radio programmes, communication publications and RICs have contributed to change in the areas that they originally were meant to. Since farmers can access them and other information, they are more informed about what is happening in agriculture. The results show that 94% of respondents were aware about RICs – used by KENAFF to receive and disseminate information – however only 62% use their services. The study also shows that the majority (83.1%) of the beneficiaries use the radio to get information. It is also clear from the results that similar change effects – in terms of change in income, wealth creation, social wellbeing and empowerment– occurred to individual beneficiaries.