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About the ATO

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The Kenyan Government is currently implementing the Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS).

Under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Co-operatives (MoALF&C), an Agricultural Transformation Office (ATO) was established as a multidisciplinary unit made up of competent professionals and subject area experts reporting directly to the CabinetSecretary. The ATO is charged with coordination of both internal and external stakeholders in the agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors, departments and partners; facilitating policy and regulatory reforms for implementation; strategic planning and programme design; providingimplementation support to Government programs; and, performance monitoring.

ATO’s mandate is to institute a systematic approach to delivering results across the Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS).

Thule Lenneiye, ATO Coordinator

To execute its mandate, the ATO works closely with the various departments in the MoALF&C, the Council of Governors and the Joint Agricultural Sector Coordination Mechanism (JASSCOM), the private sector and development partners, to catalyze the implementation of the ASTGS and track thecountry’s progress in line with nine principles of Transformation.

The principles are:

  1. Creating market-driven strategies that target growth;
  2. Setting a new standard for public sector engagement;
  3. Managing the transformation across both the national and county levels;
  4. Implementing as much as possible through the private sector – with oversight;
  5. Making the transformation inclusive;
  6. Investing in talent;
  7. Mobilizing resources and sourcing strategic financing;
  8. Investing in change agents and
  9. Promoting a sustainable and resilient transformation to respond to looming food system risks including climate change and disaster management.