Devolution Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli has urged communities with land to work with private and public players to champion the big four agenda.
Sunkuli has also directed regional Development Authorities to align their strategic development plans with focal needs of communities in the quest for cohesive improvement of livelihoods.
The PS says participatory conceptualization and planning of development projects is a pathway to sustainable development of rural economies.
Speaking at the closure of a two day consultative forum of the Purko Development Trust in Nakuru today, Sunkuli said the state department of devolution is keen on harmonizing strategic plans for development authorities in the bid to make the state agencies relevant to focal needs of modern local and global markets.
The PS said the department has over the last one year been funding development concepts in 15 Counties to the tune Sh.1.5 Billion and the boards of the development authorities must ensure that communities find value for the money by making them active participants in the project development cycles.
He says such Strategic partnerships in various sub sectors in the regions are anticipated to enable at least 4,000 youth and women gainfully employed over the next five years while helping to expand the capacity of communities to innovate for dynamic local and global markets.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Purko Development Trust Joseph Ole Nkaiwuatei called for technical and financial support to develop feasibility studies that will enable the community put to productive use of its 2,500 acres of arable trust land.
Nkaiwuatei asked communities, private investors and government to forge a partnership that will help expand dairy, Irish potatoes ,beef, wheat and barley value chains for wealth and jobs in the largely agro pastoralist zone.