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Kenya commences work for enhanced transparency on the agricultural crops subsector

15 September 2023

A workshop held on 11-12 September 2023 in Nairobi marked the launch of a new project to strengthen Kenya’s transparency for climate action in the agricultural sector. The project will focus on the sub-sector of crops, identified as a national priority for climate action by the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture. 

The workshop provided the opportunity to bring together stakeholders from Kenya’s agricultural sector to discuss current status, needs and gaps with regards to climate transparency. An in-depth presentation and dialogue around the planned project activities helped forge a common understanding and agreement on the way forward with project implementation, in a way that best meets the needs of the country. 

Agriculture is a major contributor to the Kenyan economy and a leading source of national  greenhouse gas emissions. As the demand for food and agriculture-related products is expected to increase, it is essential to transform the agricultural sector in such a way that – simultaneously – emissions of greenhouse gasses are reduced, food security is enhanced, and resilience to climate change is fostered.  

Transparency plays a crucial role in enabling Kenya to track progress towards these objectives. The sound data resulting from strong transparency frameworks can be used in the planning, monitoring, evaluation and course correction of climate change-related policies and actions. In this way, realistic goals can be set and reliable results can inform decision makers on the way forward.

This is ICAT’s second project on agriculture in Kenya. The first project, completed in 2022, strengthened the country’s capacity to effectively and efficiently implement, monitor, and report adaptation actions for the agriculture sector at national and county levels in a transparent manner. Building on the first project’s achievements, the second project covers climate change mitigation focusing on the crops sub-sector. Its main objective is to build a sustainable crop sub-sector measurement, reporting and verification system to collect data on emissions, and track the progress at national and county levels made in meeting Kenya’s commitments to the global community.

Capacity building is at the core of the project, targeting stakeholders at national and sub-national level. Enhanced capacity to collect the greenhouse gas-related data for the crop sub-sector, will contribute to the improvement of data quality, allowing the country to better understand emissions drivers, eventually leading to more efficient policies and measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation alike.

The project is implemented under the leadership of the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives and in partnership with the UNEP-Copenhagen Climate Centre and the The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Kenya commences work for enhanced transparency on the agricultural crops subsector

Find out more about ICAT’s work in Kenya here.