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Introduction note for Organizational Capacity Assessment in EAFF Farmers organizations

Early this year, as part of institutional capacity strengthening in FOs, EAFF carried out an Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) exercise within her membership.

The initiative was based on the EAFF strategic plan majorly focusing on vibrant, self-sustained, efficient and effective farmer organizations' pillar.

In addition, it was heavily guided by the ongoing initiative on strengthening farmer organizations through knowledge management and learning strategy where one of the focuss is on sustainable funding and professional farmer organizations.

The objectives of the assessment were to: (a) determine the current status of EAFF’s membership organizational capacity and identify areas that need strengthening; (b) identify appropriate interventions for capacity gaps and develop an action plan to implement the interventions; (c) generate data for use in monitoring and evaluating the progress made towards excellence and sustainability; (d) collect baseline data on gender mainstreaming at membership level in terms of addressing inequality. 

EAFF secretariat staff led by the human resource, Gender & youth and Finance officers organized and conducted the assignments in 4 countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda). The exercise attracted 23 women and 36 men due to deliberate selection of participants and stressing the aspect of women participation in the exercise. A tailor made questionnaire was administered by the EAFF secretariat through 3 approaches: individual assessment, group assessment and joint development of the action plans to address capacity gaps.

During the process, a component on the ideals of a farmer organization came up to act as a benchmark of what is currently happening within farmer organizations and what the ideal situation should be. 

Please learn more by downloading the document below!

Document type: Tools & Guidelines
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains, Monitoring and Evaluation, Strategic planning / Communication
Region: East Africa
Year of Publication: 2014