Welcome to Policy and Market Options

Policy and Market Options is a non-profit organization registered in Kenya as a Company limited by guarantee. It was conceived out of the realization of the power of markets in poverty alleviation. Exploiting the potential of markets through inclusive business models and addressing systemic bottlenecks is important to alleviating poverty and ensuring sustainability of development efforts. Therefore the ultimate goal is to strengthen linkages and address the constraints within value chains that prevent them from working for the populations in need. We employ various development approaches including Making Markets work for the Poor, Market Led Development, value chains development and private sector development among others.
In this regard Policy and Markets Options provides consultancy services in partnership with development organizations and government bodies including project implementation, research, advisory, monitoring evaluation and policy review among others. We are currently working in agriculture value chains - dairy, horticulture, beef, shoats, aquaculture and poultry.
We have 10 full time staff working in programs in 4 Counties (Nyandarua, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Nakuru) in Kenya. In addition we have pool of consultants that we call upon on need basis.... Read More

Providing market driven solutions for Enterprise development

Managing Consultant > Judith M. Kithinji

Our Vision ,Mission & Core Services

Vision

Policy and Markets Options envisions a society whose needs are effectively met within responsive policy and markets frameworks.

Mission

The mission of Policy and Markets Options is to transform and promote positive change in lives of communities through effective capacity building, technical support and programming that make policies and markets work for the poor and marginalized.

Organizational development

This aims at assisting organizations develop new perspectives or strategies in their developmental activities, develop human capacities and improve leadership and governance...

Policy Support

We pursue evidence based policy development activities in consultation & liaison with stakeholders, including the provision of technical support in data & information generation through research...

Royal Danish Embassy, Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) Program June 2017 - To date

The overall focus of the Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) Program for Food is food safety, improved quality, value addition and capacity building of the dairy and horticulture sectors with emphasis on control of residues and certain contaminants. We are working in both the horticulture and dairy components of the program. In horticulture we are working closely with the Nyandarua County Government and various competent authorities including KEPHIS, PCPB and HCD to address SPS and food safety issues in the value chain. The private sector/farmer organization partner is Aberdare Fresh Produce Cooperative. Our role includes conducting situational analysis, technical support for the for Aberdare Fresh Produce

Christian Aid, CASE OVC Program March 2019 - September 2019

Supporting the project on activities related to market access for their target groups in Makueni, Embu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Narok and Kiambu Counties. We supported the Local Implementing Partners and Care givers understand and embrace market-based solutions through capacity building including training, aggregation and market linkages across the selected value chains.  

SNV, Netherlands Development Organization. Kenya Market Led Dairy Program January 2012 - June 2019

The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme (KMDP) was a 6 year programme funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The programme started 1st July 2012 and is implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in collaboration with stakeholders in the dairy industry. The overall goal of KMDP is to contribute to the development of a vibrant dairy sector with beneficiaries across the value chain. We have been part of KMDP since 2012 with our role being on capacity development in the dairy value chain working from farm to processor on improved quality, productivity and organizational development for primary cooperatives. We are currently working with two processors, Meru Union and Happy cow and 17 cooperatives, 2 of which are suppliers of Happy Cow and 15 affiliates of Meru Union. Working closely with Meru Union we have been able to support Meru Union to develop an extension model and supported them to reach over 10,000 farmers with training on fodder preservation (maize silage), dairy husbandry practices, calf rearing and quality improvement. We developed a model of service provision on silage making at full cost recovery from the farmers. We also trained all the cooperatives on good governance, leadership and financial management. (2012-June 2019) The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme (KMDP) was a 6 year programme funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The programme started 1st July 2012 and is implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in collaboration with stakeholders in the dairy industry. The overall goal of KMDP is to contribute to the development of a vibrant dairy sector with beneficiaries across the value chain. We have been part of KMDP since 2012 with our role being on capacity development in the dairy value chain working from farm to processor on improved quality, productivity and organizational development for primary cooperatives. We are currently working with two processors, Meru Union and Happy cow and 17 cooperatives, 2 of which are suppliers of Happy Cow and 15 affiliates of Meru Union. Working closely with Meru Union we have been able to support Meru Union to develop an extension model and supported them to reach over 10,000 farmers with training on fodder preservation (maize silage), dairy husbandry practices, calf rearing and quality improvement. We developed a model of service provision on silage making at full cost recovery from the farmers. We also trained all the cooperatives on good governance, leadership and financial management.

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