FIEFOC NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY:
FOR AGRI-BUSINESS POTENTIAL IN THE WATERSHED AREAS OF WADELAI, TOCHI, MUBUKU II, DOHO AND NGENGE IRRIGATION SCHEMES
FIEFOC-II is a five- year programme implemented in 39 districts that form the five watershed catchments i.e., Wadelai, Tochi, Ngege, Doho-II and Mubuku. The programme is designed to directly benefit a population of 1,816,756 households, of which 386,544 households arewithin these districts; and a further 300,000 households outside of irrigation command areas with at least 20% female headed. The project has four components i.e., (a) agriculture infrastructure, (b) integrated natural resources management (NRM), (c) agribusiness development and (d) project management.
For the agribusiness component, the programme aims to increase business outlook of the beneficiaries towards increasing household incomes. Specifically, the agribusiness components will support alternative livelihood opportunities, business skills development and facilitation of financial and market linkages. It is against this background that Ministry of Water and Environment commissioned Kilimo Trust to undertake a detailed needs assessment for agribusiness potential in the identified watersheds to guide implementation of this component.
Most agribusiness MSMEs are informal, family run, characterised by weak financial management systems which limits their ability to compete in the markets. Also, these enterprises are dominated by the men. Their full potential is constrained by developmental and operational challenges that include inadequate capital, weak internal management processes, limited market access, complex regulatory and administrative environments a well as poor agricultural infrastructure.