My one month working as a volunteer at Agriprofocus Kenya enjoined me to a community with a clear magnanimous vision of Linking ,learning and leading in matters Agriculture. With my new born enthusiasm in matters Food Security as a mean to an end of achieving my vision of Restoring Dignity of African People; I am compelled to share with the world what I think we need to do for us to attain the sustainable Development Goal 2 – Ending all forms of Hunger.
There is no doubt as to what extent the world's apprehension of the impending danger of food insecurity in the coming days is . In fact, in his inaugural speech for the second term as President of Kenya Mr. Kenyatta indicated clearly that his government would target creation of over 1000 small and Medium scale enterprises in Agro-processing.
But what would be required for this to be achieved? To me it would take the initiative of well meaning individuals and Organizations to lead directly and indirectly.
How can AgriProfocus Lead in Agribusiness Development; below are few factors I think if considered would readily enhance the Network Leadership role:
Howard Gardner in his book Leading minds an Anatomy of Leadership has discussed several ways an individuals or organizations can lead. AgriProFocuss has played a critical role since its inception in trying to link organizations, individuals and markets in Agribusiness. This has earned the Network a reputation of an Indirect leader- creating forums for learning. Although, Indirect leaders, according to Howard Gardner have limited influence. For one to Develop considerable influence in any field they should strive to Directly lead and influence. I want to See AgriProfocus become a Direct Leader and authority in Agribusiness and agripreneurship.
For an organization or individual to directly lead and influence they need to develop and effectively communicate powerful stories
With changing trends in leadership, AgriProfocus should invest more in developing stories that could be easily related to all actors in Agriculture chain.
It is a common knowledge that several grants have been given to help organizations carry out research especially in agriculture. And it is true that the findings have been published in different global journals. But what as become out of them? What has been the effects of the findings. I can convincingly state that little has been achieved and that the research findings are idling while fast and furiously accumulating dust on shelves
To improve efficiency of the research findings, they should be shared inform of precise stories. It therefore means that if any individual or organization seeks to change their fortunes and directly lead and influence decision making in Agribusiness they need to muster the art of storytelling. And that the stories should be told in such a way that the unschooled mind would understand
Food security in the world can only be achieved if all stakeholders agree to work as a partnership coalition because it is said problem shared is half solved. After working in government for over five years, I am convinced that most governments are willing to partner and collaborate with individuals and organization that are willing to solve complex social problems. In fact, now than ever I am convinced that if available knowledge, techniques and skills are broken down into segments that can be easily assimilated and understood by government officials, they would always support those efforts .
However, the challenge as previously been that we were not able to discern important factors that could propel our collaboration hence strict confinement to only private sector. However, Precise and valuable stories effectively shared would be the fuel that would accelerate public private partnership.
In conclusion as we strive towards increasing our influence in the field of agribusiness it is imperative to invest in developing storytellers who would tell agriculture success stories both in written and verbal in High level conferences at the United Nations to experts as well as in the illiterate farmer in the remotest and smallest village on earth.