The Society for International Development has funded MAZIDO to the tune of 1.3 Million shillings to engage the community in active citizenship participation in Taita Taveta County. These funds will be used to upscale the County Farmers Network alternately known as Sauti ya mkulima platform to meaningfully participate in decision making processes at the County Level. It will be used to strengthen community participation in the budget making processes to enhance better service delivery under the devolved units. This project will run between November 2014 to August 2015; and will involve 12 wards (3 each per Sub County).
- Constituted the County Core Group through the representatives chosen during the Ward Dialogue fora.
- The Sauti ya mkulima platform is becoming increasingly recognized as a structure through which small scale farmers can engage actively in planning and decision making processes at the County.Already, the Network representatives had received appointments and met with 3 MCAs and 1 MP. Equally, the Chiefs and their Assistants now recognize them at Village Barazas and invite them to address the same. MAZIDO office has been receiving requests from farmers through the Network Representatives a sign of acceptanceof the Network by the small scale farmers.
- Printed 180 T-shirts as promotional and publicity material.
- The training on Lobbying and Advocacy of 3 Value Chain Platforms under the auspices of the ASDSP framework has increasingly sharpened the skills of Value Chain Actors within the Dairy, Banana and indigenous chicken platforms to effectively lobby and advocate for increased resource allocation in the agriculture and livestock sector.