Development of Latia Resource Centre and its Agricultural Training Programme

To improve the food security situation in Kenya and to contribute to private sector development, this project aims to strengthen the Faraja Latia Resource Centre (LRC).

A consortium of Maastricht School of Management (MSM), Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) and Dairy Training Institute (Kenya) is formed to address the needs of LRC through its complementary sets of expertise and experiences. For the implementation also the services of EMBRAPA (Ghana office) will be engaged.

Development farmer training programme

LRC wishes to develop its farmer training programme and diploma level training curriculum. Its training offer for mid-career professionals and its capacity for doing action research are also to be enhanced. The training programmes are to be developed with strong involvement of the labour market and other relevant stakeholders, and close collaboration with the government agency responsible for accreditation is needed.

Furthermore, staff upgrading to BSc and MSc is necessary to deliver diploma training and to further increase the organisation's academic performance. The programmes delivered by LRC need to contribute to a significant employment rate of its graduates. At the organisational level, leadership and management issues are to be addressed by the project, including gender issues, in order to achieve a better gender balance in the staff at all positions and among students.

By the end of the project, LRC will have the organisational and academic capacity to develop and maintain entrepreneurial agriculture training programmes in an innovative, market-driven and gender-sensitive manner and adaptive to changing circumstances.