This chapter presented the introduction to the study, background to the study, problem
statement, purpose/general objective of the study, specific objectives, research questions,
scope of study, significance of the study and the key terms.
The National Agricultural and Advisory Services (NAADS) Programme was created in 2001 by an
Act of Parliament to specifically address constraints of lack of access to agricultural information,
knowledge and improved technology among rural poor farmers in the country. The programme
was designed to be a decentralized, farmer-owned and private sector serviced extension
system; contributing to the realization of the agricultural sector objectives. The NAADS
programme has grown in scope and coverage; from the initial 6 districts, 24 sub-counties to the
current 112 districts, 1364 sub-counties and directly benefiting (no) farmers and (no)
households to date. NAADS is currently in its second phase of implementation and is
implementing the Agricultural Technology and Agribusiness Advisory Services (ATAAS) project.
NAADS programme is meant to address such problems in agriculture industry through provision
of agricultural advice to farmers. NAADS is designed to eradicate poverty by building on the
strength of the poor and small-scale rural producers to improve on their opportunities to escape
from poverty. In the past, farmers have been waiting for the extension workers to bring
services to them but now the farmers have to identify the advice they need and contract the
person to provide it. This person has to be a private service provider (MAAIF 2000).
The traditional public provision of agricultural extension services to farmers is now replaced by
the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS). NAADS is supposed to charge user fees to
farmers for agricultural extension services rendered to them (such as information, crop prices,
farming improvement techniques, livestock consulting services. All this is aimed at enhancing
community participation. Government has also moved out of providing credit or small business
loans to small farmers and replaces this with a system of interest charging and private
In order for the NAADS to take effect, government has adopted the following
strategies: Creating options for financing and delivery of advisory and technical services
appropriate for the different farmer types; Increasing overall spending on agricultural
extension from just over O.4% of agricultural GDP currently, to over 3% in the long run;
Reducing the share of public financing of farm advisory costs such that by the end of 25
years, NAADS will account for not more than 50%; Shifting from public to private
advisory service delivery within the first programme phase of five years; Empowering
subsistence farmers to access private extension services and market information and
Developing private sector delivery capacity, professional capacity and ethical systems.
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