The EU funded ReDIAL project is using participatory processes through multi-stakeholder policy dialogues to build active citizenship. Under this component, the project has initiated Multi-Stakeholder gender-sensitive governance and policy platforms with the aim to influence policy implementation and formulation. The platform is targeting institutional and policy barriers to catalyse an enabling environment to influence policy with the knowledge and lessons generated by the project through a multi-stakeholder and policy engagement model.
Five (5) multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms have been established, one in each of the project zones. A national platform will also be established to create national space for farmer associations/ groups community stakeholders to participate in decision making in an all-inclusive process. The forums are being used to discuss and review project findings, government policies and other relevant agriculture productivity issues.
Key stakeholders including the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJs) secretariat, District Assemblies, media, traditional leaders, landowners, development partners, smallholder farmers’ associations/ groups, CSOs and private sector are part of the multi-stakeholder platform.
The platform serves as a link to Agricultural programmes including the Planting for Food and Jobs, as well as serve as a space for exchanging knowledge and experiences as pertains to agriculture policies and programmes. The multi-stakeholder platforms are promoting ownership and support for successful implementation of the ReDIAL project.