Government DevolutionSupport

Kenya has been going through enormous constitutional implementation challenges intended to make devolution to work. Indeed, while other sectors were waiting for direction on how to devolve from what the constitution created to be the Transition Authority; the agriculture sector was itself devolvedfirst without any room being left for the technical people in the sector being consulted through the Transition Authority. Consequently, Agricultural Research was separated from Agricultural Extension and Extension Staff. The extension staff was left at the county level without the policy team that guided their everyday work in the centralized agricultural management before the new constitution was crafted. With many differences arising from what is National Government Mandate and what was the County Government Mandate, the management of the agricultural sector faced huge challenges. In order to align Kenya’s Kenya Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. This partnership createdsectoral pillars that would guide data/evidence driven decision making at the macroeconomic level. The agriculture pillar was one of the pillars that were created under the Kenya Data Forum Agenda. CANIS currently hosts the Agriculture Pillar of the Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to provide guidance to nationaland county based programmesthrough the capacity building agenda of devolved agricultural service provision. We support institutions that seek to know how to use data and data solutions to drive development at the devolved unit levels. We offer to devolution; research led thinking behind what can drive the missing extension system using our students whose learning has now been transformed to ensure internship-led learning right from the first year of registration in the university. We also offer policy formulation support through our Faculty, and facilitated diffusion of such research in alignment with our own research as a college and from the collaboration with national agricultural research and the international research enterprises that we partner with through the agriculture pillar. This research is then delivered to those that need it through the extension support of our students and the institutions that we support build at the county level.