Understanding the Public P: Insights from an FDOV PPP in Kenya

The case study is part of a research project by PPPLab and is a study of the PPP project “Food security via vertical integration of a new Kenyan potato chain” which was launched in 2015 as part of the second FDOV call by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The PPP aims to enhance food security in Kenya though the development of the Kenyan agribusiness sector and the PPP is part of a larger strategy of developing the potato industry in the country to alleviate Kenya’s dependency on maize as a staple food.

The main public partners in the PPP are the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its embassy; the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries; the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service; and the local county governments. The main motivation for partnering is the opportunity to combine the expertise of the public sector with the innovative capacity of the private sector to come up with new solutions for food security issues and develop the agribusiness sector in Kenya. In addition to opportunities, partnering with the public P also brings some challenges and risks to the fore.

This case study provides insight into the PPP from the perspective of the Public P in Kenya. The document presents an analysis of the incentives, contributions and roles, challenges and risks, and partnership practices from a public actor perspective.

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