Component 1 – Sector Coordination: This Component supports an efficient, transparent and inclusive framework for realizing the ASDS through support to sector coordination and harmonization, and creation of an enabling policy and institutional environment for the implementation of the ASDS. This is achieved through: 1) coordinated support towards sector-wide coordination; 2) capacity building of key sector institutions and institutionalization of the ASDSP at the national and county levels; 3) strengthening of horizontal and vertical linkages between sector institutions, 4) support to establishment of sector M&E and information management systems, and; 5) support to the development of an enabling policy and regulatory framework for the sector.
Component 2 – Strengthening Environmental Resilience and Social Inclusion for VCD: This Component supports interventions aimed at ensuring that efforts to strengthen priority value chains in the context of Component 3 are environmentally sound and resilient to climate fluctuations, and that women, youth and economically and socially vulnerable groups are able to participate effectively in and benefit from the improved value chains. Overall, the component therefore aims to 1) raise awareness and knowledge of the importance of environmental sustainability, NRM and the causes and effects of climate change; 2) improve access to and use of appropriate NRM and climate change technologies and services, particularly for women, youth and vulnerable groups, and; 3) improve access by women and vulnerable VC stakeholders to basic economic and social security services, with a view to position them to participate more effectively in value chain production.
The ASDS TWGs on Environment, Sustainable Land and Natural Resources Management and Youth will play a critical role in the efforts of this component to strengthen environmental resilience and climate adaptation capacity through provision of ongoing policy and technical guidance. Similarly, other programmes active in the fields of NRM and climate change adaptation and social inclusion in agriculture are expected to play a key role in the actual implementation of interventions in the context of the component.
Component 3 – Value Chain Development: This component will support the commercialization and market orientation of the agricultural sector. The main vehicle is support to the establishment and strengthening of horizontal and vertical value chain (VC) stakeholder bodies at the county and cross-county levels, VC analysis and demand-driven and stakeholder-led identification of interventions to mitigate bottlenecks for effective functioning of prioritized VCs. VCD support interventions will be implemented through operational partnerships with existing VCD support agents, including the private sector, existing programmes, Government agencies and civil society organizations. These efforts will pay special attention to ensuring that vulnerable value chain actors, men and women, will be able to participate in commercial production and marketing in the context of the prioritized value chains. The ASDS TWG on Agribusiness, Marketing, and Financial Services will guide the implementation of this component.