Drivers of Sector Transformation – A systems approach to support the transition from aid to trade

The 3R Kenya project which ran from 2016 to 2020, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Kenya, was implemented by Wageningen University & Research. Kenya is one of many countries transitioning from an aid towards a trade country, making it more attractive for foreign investments. To do so, Kenyan trade of agrifood sectors should not only become more resilient and competitive but should also respond to global trends of becoming more inclusive and sustainable. The 3R project aimed to support this transition from aid to inclusive aid and trade.

Aidenvironment facilitated a meta-analysis which unraveled the different drivers of sector transformation with a focus on the aquaculture, dairy and horticulture sectors in Kenya. To do so, a systematic and holistic approach was taken to detect the root causes that hamper the transition from aid to inclusive and sustainable trade. The approach uses a framework that is based on the interplay between systemic issues within three systems: the food supply chain system, the institutional governance system, and the innovation system. As the performance of identified systemic issues improves, the sector will become more mature, contributing to more competitive, sustainable, and inclusive food supply.

The summary brochure of this meta-analysis shows the 3R systems framework that was used and the resulting practical suggestions to support the transition, thus bringing together the results of the 3R Kenya studies. The approach taken can guide donors and national agencies in the development of their food security programmes during the different stages of the transition.

See here for the summary brochure.