In late February, aWhere Data Analyst, Hannah Reed, returned to Laikipia County, Kenya, for her third and final trip to close aWhere’s training component of an engagement with the Laikipia County Government and SNV’s Home-Grown School Feeding Program, a collaborative initiative launched by SNV to link local smallholder farmers with schools as a market for their crops and a source of income. This was Hannah’s final training for the pilot project led by SNV, Laikipia County ICT Department, and Laikipia County Ministry of Education.
Over the past 5 months, the team collected, cleaned and analyzed survey data for 278 public primary schools in Laikipia County, of which 132 participate in the Home Grown School Feeding Programme. The baseline dataset was uploaded into Dev aWhere, and then further analyzed based on stakeholder objectives. The results of Hannah’s training on the use of Dev aWhere aimed to accomplish the following:
1) Allow for government transparency from publically accessible datasets 2) Determine success and scalability of Home-Grown School Feeding program 3) Enable county-wide planning for infrastructure needs, assess student/teacher ratios, and more 4) Help farmers scope market size and activity for maize and beans in Laikipia
On February 20, Governor Hon. Joshua Irungu of Laikipia County officially launched the dataset to the public through Dev aWhere, in an effort to promote transparency and make Laikipia a model for other counties to follow.
Also present at the launch were several farmer groups, representatives from the Ministries of Health, Tourism, Education and Agriculture, and SNV.
The Laikipia County ICT department will be responsible for updating and managing the data in Dev aWhere. Hannah, SNV, and the Ministry of Education are engaging in follow up discussions on how to scale the success of the Laikipia Pilot to other counties in Kenya, as Laikipia is the first county to implement such a robust data collection and management system.
“We want to model our county so that others can learn from what we are doing…I will start using this platform immediately and influence my team to do so. At a click of a button I will now be able to get information about schools in this county without even going there,” Hon. Irungu said.
To read more about the launch, read this article published by Laikipia Rural Voices.