PROMOTING AND ADVOCATING FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE 43(1) (C) ON FOOD SECURITY

Status: 
Past

The goal of the project is to promote and advocate for the implementation of the right to freedom from hunger and adequate food of acceptable quality.

The specific objectives of this project are to:

  1. Research on evidence-based food security policy and legislative recommendations made to parliament (through parliamentary committees) for implementation of article 43(1) (c);
  2. Support and strengthen the technical capacity of parliament towards implementation of article 43 (1)(c);
  3. Create awareness amongst key stakeholders on the need to mainstream the implementation of Article 43(1)(c) in relevant government policies;

The activities of the project will be as follows:

 

RESEARCH ON EVIDENCE-BASED FOOD SECURITY POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Prepare tools, collate and analyse data on best practices on policies and programmes

This will involve desk study of best practices in policies, programmes and legislative frameworks on food security. The research team will identify countries whose people are food secure and through internet search, identify and study a select number of policies and programmes that we could learn from. AWSC will make sure that selection of the best practices includes African countries whose situation is closer to Kenya e.g. Malawi which in the last 5 years has been able to produce enough maize, South Africa, Mauritius and  which have welfare policies for the elderly for many years. This will be in addition to looking at information such as UNDP human development reports among others, which will help us, identify countries that are food secure. The team will develop tools that will guide them in this analysis. Initial survey of countries that are food secure will help the Centre select which countries to focus on. Recommendations will come out of this analysis.

  1. Collate and analyse data on local policies, welfare programmes and practices

This will involve desk study of the local policies and programmes on food security particularly as stipulated in Kenya’s Vision 2030 and agricultural policies. Social programmes in the Ministry of Gender and Culture, particularly those that involve specific welfare programmes will be analysed for their capacity to address access to food of acceptable quality to the targeted groups. Other policies and programmes from Ministries such as Special Programmes will also be interrogated. A look at the budget and its focus on food security will also be analysed. The research team will evaluate the existing food security policies and welfare programmes using the developed tools of analysis and will also carry out limited consultations with the officers involved. The team will prepare a report and make recommendations for parliament.

SUPPORT AND STRENGTHENING OF THE RELEVANT COMMITTEES OF PARLIAMENT

  1.  Train the Parliamentary Research Department personnel on policy analysis tools in the areas of policies, programmes and legislative frameworks related to food security

The AWSC team will prepare a training module that covers the policy analysis process that the researchers have gone through, the tools that they have used, and the results of utilizing those tools and therefore producing the recommendations for parliament. The process will be a participatory process where case study methods will be used and there will be high interaction between the parliamentary researchers and the AWSC team. It is hoped that this initial training will create a linkage between AWSC and the parliamentary research team for further dialogue in this area.

  1. Carry out consultations with relevant  parliamentary committees

We will hold consultations with the Budget Committee, the Departmental Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives and the Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare. Before the consultations, the team will prepare a customized facilitation module which will include isolated information from the research data relevant cases that will be shared with specific committees. For instance, for the budget committee, budget analysis tools will be used to engage parliamentarians on issues of budgeting for food security. During the session, the team will share the research findings in relation to the national local policies and best practices on food security relevant to their department after which a comprehensive report will be shared.

LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY WITH PARLIAMENTARIANS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

  1. Preparation of parliamentarian and government policy departments friendly summary of the best practices and welfare programmes 

After the consultations with parliamentary committees and government policy departments, the Centre will prepare a simplified parliamentary friendly booklet that will be disseminated to groups, individual parliamentarians and policy makers.

 

  1. Share best practices with parliamentarians and other stakeholders at government policy departments, Women Parliamentary Caucus, and individual members of parliament

The AWSC team will organize sharing forums with government policy departments, Women Parliamentary Caucus, individual members of parliament where the team will share best practices in policies and programs on food security and welfare programmes. The summarized document will form the basis for the sharing. We expect to obtain policy makers’ and Parliament’s support for laws and policies that will implement article 43(1)(c) of the Constitution.

  1. Further sharing and dissemination on best practices.

After the sharing of the best practices with key stakeholders (ii), the team will review the manuscript in light of the discussions with the stakeholders, and publish it. Once the document has been published AWSC will disseminated the same widely in order to broaden the debate on the implementation of article 43(1) (c).

Collaborators: 

USAID -Donor
UK Aid -Donor
SUNY (State University of New York - Kenya) -Donor
African Women's Studies Centre (University of Nairobi) - Implementing Partner
Parliamentary Oversight Committees (Government of Kenya) -Partnering Institution
Parliamentary Research Department (Government of Kenya) -Partnering Institution

Amount: 
Ksh. 4, 075, 767.70
Start Month: 
August
Start Year: 
2011
End Month: 
September
End Year: 
2012
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FINAL PROJECT REPORT.pdf514.78 KB
FINAL PROGRAMME REPORT COVER.pdf564.83 KB

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Prof. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira, EBS

Director,

African Women's Studies Centre

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