The 2010 constitution brought fundamental changes to the way Kenya is governed, with the devolution of administrative responsibilities to the counties. Accordingly, the counties are semi-autonomous units of governance with responsibility for county legislation, executive functions, and provision of public services, among other roles.
Within counties, sub-counties and wards are the decentralized units through which county governments provide services to the local population. The County governance framework – the County Department of Agriculture and their sub-divisions at Sub-County and ward levels, is the entry point for Programme implementation.
In line with their devolved duties, Counties will be responsible for:
- Community awareness and sensitization;
- Supporting target groups in developing their business projects for Programme support;
- Community-based selection of target groups;
- Participatory identification and inclusion of collective priorities for the Programme in line with County Integrated Development Plan;
- Selection of the Programme service providers
- Mobilization of extension services to target groups through frontline extension workers;
- Community mobilization and capacity building for management of collective infrastructure supported by the Programme;
- Establishing linkages with local stakeholders through the County/Sub-County Agriculture Stakeholder fora; and
Conducting monitoring and evaluation including preparation of progress reports on Programme execution at the County level.