ASCU engages with the 10 sector ministries, the private and public sectors, development partners, and farmers. To coordinate the implementation of the ASDS, ASCU has set up a coordination mechanism that is inclusive of these key stakeholders.
The National Stakeholder Forum is the highest decision-making organ. Â It provides a platform for stakeholders in the sector to monitor progress in implementing the ASDS, and the extent to which its objectives are being met.
The National Steering Committee is made up of permanent secretaries, heads of development missions, and the heads of key private sector institutions. It is the apex body of the key stakeholders and guides the implementation of the ASDS.
The Inter-ministerial Coordination Committee (ICC) is a sub-committee of the National Steering Committee. The ICC brings together the permanent secretaries of the agricultural sector ministries and provides policy guidance.
The Technical Committee (TC) consists of directors of the sector ministries, and representatives of development partners, the private sector and NGOs. The TC provides technical advice to ASCU on the implementation of the ASDS.
To fast-track interventions, ASCU has established six thematic areas that also represent the main focus of ASCUâ€™s work. Each thematic area is presided over by a thematic working group (TWG). These are:
- Legal, Regulatory and Institutional Reforms
- Research and Extension Advisory Services
- Agribusiness, Value Addition and Market Access
- Access to Agricultural Inputs and Financial Services
- Food Security and Nutrition Policy and Programmes
- Environment, Sustainable Land and Natural Resources Management
TWGs are think tanks that carry out in-depth analysis of strategic areas for policy direction and investment. Members are drawn from both the private and public sectors.
The decentralized coordination units (DCUs) shall coordinate the different organizations and institutions implementing the ASDS in the devolved units. The DCUs will not implement activities but will ensure resources are used efficiently and effectively.
The agricultural sector is the means of livelihood for most of the rural population. Under the ASDS, producers (farmers, pastoralists, fisherfork), processors and marketers will employ the most contemporary methods and technologies in production and processing to ensure that their activities are highly productive, commercial in nature and competitive at all levels. Â In short, agriculture will no longer be for subsistence, but a vital business.
ASCU is the secretariat for these committees and forums.