29th January - 3rd February 2017
The PROCASUR Corporation in the last three years of work in the ESA (East and Southern Africa) Region has achieved a long experience and knowledge on the promotion of Learning Routes (LRs) related to land tenure and governance, natural resources management (NRM), Value Chain Development (VCD) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).
In this context, PROCASUR has also provided technical support to various initiatives whose results are being seen all through the region, particularly in Sudan and in Kenya. In February 2012, the learning route concept was piloted in Kenya with the collaboration of the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s Near East, North Africa and Europe (NEN) Division with a view of filling in knowledge gaps on livestock marketing systems and management. The LearningRoute: “Innovative Livestock Marketing from Northern to Eastern Africa” main objective was to provide smallholder producers with the tools to access markets information and to identify value chain upgrading opportunities in the livestock sector.
This learning route was conducted under the broader objective of “improving project performance and effectiveness on the Livestock Marketing system and management”. The exercise was done within the confines of IFAD projects with a grant from the Near East, North Africa and Europe Division (NEN). The grant project served a three-fold purpose: (i.) for IFAD-supported projects in Sudan to fill knowledge gaps on livestock marketing systems and management; (ii.) for the Near East, North Africa and Europe Division (NEN) to introduce Learning Routes as a new methodology and a learning tool that could be replicated in the future with IFAD operations in the region; and (iii.) to foster cross-regional collaboration and knowledge exchange between IFAD-supported projects and partners.
Four years down the line, the impact of the learning can be seen and has been reported. In the context of the Butana Integrated Rural Development Project (BIRDP) project there has been the implementation of the Tamboul slaughterhouse plan as designed by BIRDP participants who participated in the learning route on livestock marketing in Kenya (2012) particularly drawing their innovations from the Keekonyokie Slaughterhouse in Kiserian, Kenya.
Within this framework, PROCASUR has been invited to lead the visit of BIRDP project staff members to the Keekonyokie Slaughterhouse Case Study in Kenya utilizing its expertise to develop the design, development and implementation of one (1) Learning Activity in Kenya to benefit the BIRDP staff and other identified key stakeholders.
The key learning points in the case of the Keekonyokie Slaughterhouse in Kiserian, Kenya are three; first (a) the organization and management of the business through a commitment across several aspects of the value chain; secondly (b) the diversification of activities through the production of Biogas from waste; and thirdly (c) the environmental concern of the business, which engaged in the promotion of a holistic approach to cattle grazing, thus contributing to rejuvenating the surrounding lands and to protecting pastoralist families from the effects of drought.
These items make Keekonyokie a very interesting case to observe for participants to the Learning Route; at the same time, being a host for the Route improved the capacity of the slaughterhouse to acquire proper knowledge management tools useful to replicate the initiative in other contexts. The interaction among the participants to the Route and the different stakeholders in the slaughterhouse will also be addressed, as well as the evolution of their activities during the four years following the Learning Route.
The Keekonyokie case study will certainly present the participants with a menu of options for both learning and practicing. The case will address a combination of the traditional governance system in the context of sustainable rangelands management which appreciate the changing policy and governance structures. It will also show case the possibilities of communities diversifying livelihood opportunities to reduce pressure on one system which is pastoralism. Private ownership of the slaughterhouse vis a vis linkages with government support through inspection and transport; biogas innovation that converts the waste into energy/ enterprise and proper coordination with various value chain actors (producers, traders, butchers etc) will also be elaborated. The participants will be exposed to market access systems in the livestock value chain and on how to improve infrastructure, increase prices for producers and the construction of hygienic slaughterhouses. It is thus envisaged this Learning Activity will be beneficial and present opportunities for replication in Sudan particularly in the Tamboul Slaughterhouse.
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