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SOUTH EASTERN KENYA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AND VETERINARY DEPARTMENT OF DRYLAND AGRICULTURE A REPORT ON THE 12 WEEKS INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT AT THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND IRRIGATION STATE DEPARTMENT OF CROPS DEVELOPMENT CLIMATE CHANGE UNIT FROM 2nd MAY TO 2nd August SUBMITTED BY

SOUTH EASTERN KENYA UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AND VETERINARY
DEPARTMENT OF DRYLAND AGRICULTURE
A REPORT ON THE 12 WEEKS INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT AT THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND IRRIGATION
STATE DEPARTMENT OF CROPS DEVELOPMENT
CLIMATE CHANGE UNIT
FROM 2nd MAY TO 2nd August
SUBMITTED BY: KEBASO DAMACLINE KWAMBOKA
REG.NO: A407/0815/2015

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Contents Page number
Declaration ……………………………………………………………………………………….. i
Acknowledgement……………………………………………………………………………… ii
Dedication…………………………………………………………………………………………. iii
Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background information………………………………………………………………..1
1.2Location&brief history of the organization………………………………………1
1.3Objectives of the MOA&I………………………………………………………………..2
1.4Expectations from the attachment………………………………………………….2
Chapter 2: STRUCTURE&FUNCTIONS
2.1Organisational structure………………………………………………………………….3
2.2CCU functions………………………………………………………………………………….4
2.3Main objectives of the training………………………………………………………..5
2.4Assigned duties at climate change unit……………………………………………6
Chapter 3: Knowledge acquired during the training period………………..6
3.1Challenges encountered during the training period…………………………7
3.2 How I overcame the challenges………………………………………………………7
Chapter 4: Conclusion and Recommendation
4.1 Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………………8
4.2 Recommendation…………………………………………………………………………..9
4.2 Appendices…………………………………………………………………………………..10
4.3 References…………………………………………………………………………….10 DECLARATION
I hereby declare that this report on industrial attachment at the Ministry of agriculture and irrigation and presented to South Eastern Kenya University, school of Agriculture and Veterinary, Department of Dry land agriculture as a partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of a bachelor’s degree in Dry land Agriculture is the outcome of my industrial attachment.

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NAME: KEBASO DAMACLINE KWAMBOKA
REG.NO:A407/0815/2015
SIGN …………………………………………………………………………………….

DATE………………………………………………………………………………….

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND IRRIGATION (MOA;I)
INDUSTRIAL BASED SUPERVISOR.

NAME…………………………………………………………………………………..

TITLE HELD……………………………………………………………………………
SIGN……………………………………………………………………………………..

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT
This industrial attachment was a success due to the support provided by a number of people who enabled me gain much more skills than I thought.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to my parents for the support they gave me.

Thanks to my fellow classmates and friends for their invaluable support they provided for me too.

I sincerely thank the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation for their support and for giving me a chance to be part of the ministry.

I also express my profound gratitude to the Climate Change Unit (CCU) office staff who despite their engaging duties they agreed to guide my training to be a success.

My gratitude goes to my supervisor Mrs. Veronica Ndetu for her guidance and relevant suggestions throughout my training.

Above all, I thank the Almighty God for protecting me, guiding me and also for the opportunity of a fruitful training He gave me at MOA;I.

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DEDICATION
This training report is dedicated to my parents and my siblings as a result of the support they gave me during the training period.

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CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
1.1Background information
The ministry of agriculture and irrigation (MOA;I) is a newly established ministry from the ministry of agriculture, livestock and fisheries (MOAL;F), which was initially created following the merge of the three ministries of agriculture, livestock development and marketing, and fisheries in 2013.

The ministry’s mission is to improve the livelihood of Kenyans and ensure food security through creation of an enabling environment ensuring sustainable natural resource management. Its vision is also to create a secure and wealthy nation anchored by an innovative, commercially oriented and competitive agricultural sector.

The ministry also has its core value which include;
Integrity
Professionalism
Efficiency and Responsiveness
Partnerships
Gender equity
1.2 Location/physical environment and brief history of the organization
The ministry of agriculture and irrigation is located in Nairobi, Kilimo House along Cathedral road. It is a government ministry of Kenya. The MOA&I was established from the ministry of agriculture, livestock and fisheries
The ministry’s consent is to create an enabling environment for sustainable development and management of Crops and Livestock to ensure the country achieves 100% food and Nutrition security by 2022 as one of the pillars of the big 4 Agenda of the National government.

The ministry comprises of four departments namely; Crops, livestock, Irrigation and research. The Climate Change unit is under the state department for Crop Development.

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1.3 Objectives of the Ministry of agriculture and irrigation
The ministry of agriculture and irrigation has the following objectives;
To create an enabling environment for Agricultural development.

To increase productivity and outputs in agricultural sector.

To enhance national food security.

To improve market access and trade.

To strengthen Institutional capacity.

1.4 Expectations from the attachment
To provide an opportunity for students to discover, learn about, and familiarize with industry of their discipline, and with organizations within the industry. Students will acquire interpersonal skills through meeting with professionals in their field of study.

To provide an opportunity for students to observe real-life practices and implementation of theoretical lessons and principles. Students will acquire practical skills and experience working on projects and alongside industry experts.

To provide the opportunity for the industry to identify potential employees from among the industrial trainees and to feedback comments on the programme. Students will benefit from coursework tailored to meet training expectations of the industry.

To ensure coursework and training programmes satisfy the expectations of the industry, and ensure the programmes are relevant and up to date.

Overall, students will gain experience in the following:
Organizational skills and professional awareness.

Ability to work under supervision and directions.

Efficiently completing tasks, fostering good relationship with seniors and subordinates. 2
Communication skills and contribution to company.

CHAPTER 2: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS
2.1 Organizational structure
The ministry of agriculture and irrigation has the following organizational structure as demonstrated in the diagram below

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2.2 THE CLIMATE CHANGE UNIT FUNCTIONS/ACTIVITIES
The climate change unit (CCU) was my host unit during my training at the ministry of agriculture and irrigation.

The following are some of the functions of the climate change unit.

Represent the State Department in formulation, development and review of National climate change policies, strategies and action plans.

Develop mechanisms that minimize greenhouse gas emissions from key sources in agricultural production system.

Participate in development and review CSA policies and regulatory frameworks.

Promote technologies adapted to varied weather conditions.

Facilitate development and review of index-based agricultural insurance.

Facilitate capacity building on Agricultural insurance products.

Initiate and lead in CSA Capacity needs assessment process.

Organize and facilitate trainings in Climate Smart Agriculture.
Facilitate development of packages and information training manuals on Climate Smart Agriculture technologies and innovations.
Facilitate capacity building of extension, producers and other stakeholders in the use of new/improved CSA technologies and practices.

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2.3 Main objectives of the training
The main objectives of the industrial training were;
To get opportunity to apply the principals and techniques theoretically
Learned in class into real life problem solving situations.

To enhance the student to gain experience as an agriculturalist.

To enhance students awareness of public service obligation.

To be equipped with practical skills that may not be appreciated and also visualized or taught in school like the dress code, time management skills and problem management and efficiency in task handling.

To be acquainted with the expectation of working in a highly competitive environment.

To enhance a good relationship between the future employers and the university (SEKU) so that they may contribute positively in bringing up competitive students for the job market.

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2.4 Assigned duties at the Climate Change Unit
The following were the duties I was assigned to do at the climate change unit (CCU).

Attending various meetings like; The EBAFOSA meeting, Roots and Tubers meeting on potato production and also the cereal and pulses meeting.
Carrying out research, I was given a chance to carry out a research about EBAFOSA both in Africa and in Kenya and also I did a research on conservation agriculture.

I also did printing and scanning of office documents like; office letters.
Taking down minutes of the various meetings I attended.

Data entry, I was given a task of preparing a flow chart of events on the Roadmap to agricultural mechanization bill, May, 2018 using Microsoft PowerPoint and I also prepared slides foe presentation about the Climate Change Unit functions.
CHAPTER 3: KNOWLEDGE ACQUIRED DURING THE TRAINING PERIOD
My training exercise has aided me in analyzing my options and my situation. During the attachment I gained skills in 3 different ways,
Professionally, I had the opportunity to put into practice what I have been learning in class. I acquired good management, self-motivation and time management skills.

 Socially, I have gained a greater level of confidence through my interactions with different classes of people and top officials. I have gained good interpersonal skills.

Personally, my knowledge about Agriculture was expanded. I have learned and acquired team work, efficiency on task and problem management skills.

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3.1 Challenges encountered during the training period.

Finance- during the period of searching the place to be attached, it requires money as sometimes you have to travel to deliver your attachment requests. This leads to too much spending as the financing is very limited.

Also, during the training there is neither provision to pay interns nor any drafted allowances, packages allowed so as to lease the expenses during the training period and thus catering for the daily expenses becomes a burden.

Lack of enough work.

Lack of enough computers in my unit of working.

There is no orientation carried out thus adopting to the training environment was difficult.
3.2 How I overcame the challenges
Through the challenges that faced me and the experience I got from them, I acquired skills in improving my confidence in solving and handling problems.

The following are some ways I used in solving the challenges I faced.

Being proactive-there being no much work, I engaged myself in other productive activities relating to my career which enabled me gain much experience in my career.

My parents assisted me financially to the success of my training.

Also the problem of computers I used the one which was used for printing and scanning purposes in short we shared the computer with other office staffs.
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CHAPTER 4: CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
4.1 Conclusion
The supervised industrial attachment of the university gives students the opportunity to apply and put what has been learned in class into practice.

The training strengthens the linkages between the university and other institutions. In review, the training has been a success and I was able to gain practical skills, work in a fantastic environment and make connections with different types of people.

The training has instilled me some integrity like being punctual, being submissive to and taking views of supervisors, communication skills and efficient in task and problem management. As a result, my objectives were met and well achieved. Not only did I gain practical skills but also acquired management, self motivation and good interpersonal skills.

I was able to grow my interest in my career and make good transition from what I have been learning from school to the outside world of work.

This training program should therefore be maintained for students to learn more practically as this has being an excellent and rewarding experience.

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4.2 Recommendation
The attachment is very important to students as it assists them to unify class work with that of the industry therefore much accent and magnitude should be given to industrial training exercise by the students.

The school should make regular follow ups with the institution of attachment to see the student’s progress during the training period.

Orientation should be supreme to every student as this will enable the student to familiarize with the working environment.

There should be more equipments and machines in the CCU as this will enable the students to carry out their tasks within the particular time allocated.

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Appendices
MOAL&F……………………Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
MOA&I………………………Ministry of Agriculture and irrigation
CCU…………………………..Climate Change Unit
CSA……………………………Climate Smart Agriculture
SEKU………………………….South Eastern Kenya University
EBAFOSA……………………Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly in Africa
References
School Logbook
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