Traceability Study Pilot Report.
Having understood the specific requirements of the pilot exercise during training and also having been familiarized with its intent, committing myself to being part of this exercise has proved to be invaluable to me and to both my intellectual and professional growth.
I was assigned, together with another data collector, Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia Counties
I have to commend the communications and logistics handlers on the following;
Liaison with HCDA officers and that they accompanied us proved to be very helpful in time saving and in ensuring we got assistance from the local HCDA officers. Their presence lent even more credence to our exercise while we were explaining the program’s significance to farmers in very remote areas and convincing them to participate for their good.
The HCDA officers that accompanied us also made sure that the support officials were at the ground over the weekend.
Provision of transport means was another convenience. And it should be noted that the drivers we had at our assistance were very helpful, supportive and seemed to understand the importance of the exercise making the execution of our mandate fluid.
Of course, I must highlight that the remuneration being upfront, in several ways, eased the few challenges we had out in the field like alternative transport and buying data.
Being a pilot, we went out expectant of a few challenges specific to the counties that were to be covered in the run. Many were beyond our control…and anyone’s, as a matter of fact, others soluble by adjustments as shall be implemented by the project directors.
Beginning with those closest to and impacting most on the project, was the identification of the farmers or farms that were actually producing for export. Being that the country has been really dry, most farms had, and until now have, suspended the growing of produce for export. That would translate to collecting data based on...