Implementation Operational Model

The implementation model for the AVAAK is done through the national former organization where it exists which is charged with the responsibility of supporting the stakeholder-owned AVAAKs. The farmer organization derives its support from VACID Africa with whom the knowledge perspective and management vests, the extension support is vested in the agency or government Ministry which extends the technical support through its hired staff in line with the national extension policies. The focus of this model is to implement the programmatic expectations of the Government and its partners..

The executive management team of the AVAAK comprises the functional component actors of the value chain in focus with its functions in each AVAAK comprising of:

  1. AVAAK_Implementation_Model.pngEntrepreneurship Knowledge and Incubation
  2. GIS Services and Training
  3. Web Content Development
  4. Food and Nutrition
  5. Investment & Finance
  6. Aquaculture
  7. Agribusiness
  8. Agroindustry
  9. Trade and Marketing

In any given region, country or locality, other actors such as development programmes and their management may require integration in the implementation. Under such circumstances, the local stakeholders represented in the steering function increase and the composition changes accordingly. The management is however under the mentored support of VACID Africa, which brings in other technology and support partners to provide the physical and digital linkages such as telecommunication and infrastructural support linkages.

Where a new partner seeks integration into the AVAAK, the management vets each prospective partner who seeks to work with the farmer organization. The prospective partner must demonstrate how their services integrate with the communities in their multiple roles

The Partnership Model

The government working with VACID Africa and farmer organization undertakes some activities that may upscale or bring new knowledge to the value chain in focus. The following are the roles that each of the critical partners in the AVAAK plays.

The Government’s Role:
  1. Setting up the physical structure of the AVAAK to comprise of a computer laboratory as the knowledge centre
  2. Provision of the physical facility which acts as a feeds store to hold the material that provides the revolving fund for the AVAAK
  3. A solar driven cold storage, which provides the marketing front for the value chain in focus whose produce the farmers deliver to the AVAAK
  4. Provision of technical extension staff to man the value chain advisory service

VACID Africa’s Role:
In meeting its role VACID Africa shall provide the entrepreneurship focus to the AVAAK including:

  1. Marketing of produce delivered to the AVAAK stores
  2. Value addition and linkage to other value chain partners
  3. Liaising with national ICT partners for internet connectivity
  4. Integration with Cisco’s learning and communication infrastructure
  5. Development of website for eCommerce and linkage with fish consumers
  6. Linkage with learning and research organizations
  7. Development of proposals for collaboration with other partners linked to the government or otherwise
  8. Provision of mentorship, incubation, and ICT services support
  9. Linkage with other support services partners such as telecommunication companies, microfinance organizations, business process outsourcing customers
  10. Development and sourcing for management processes and systems to ensure automation of all activities in the AVAAKs

Investor or Farmer Organization’s Role:
The farmer organization provides the affiliation to the government on the interests of the aquaculture farmers. It links with other partners and programmes that support farmers, representing their interest and ensuring that actors in the AVAAKs do not exploit farmers. It also provides the extra linkage with practical learning and implementation programmes for the farmers.

The following are the general roles for the farmer organization in the AVAAK:
  1. Inspection and supporting to farmers in the development of their production areas
  2. Facilitating elections of the farmers to the AVAAK’s leadership
  3. Handling payment of farmer dues relayed to them by the marketing focus of VACID Africa
  4. Establishing farmer investment initiatives and supporting them through share-based investments
  5. Establishment of commissions for marketing and support services
  6. Capacity building of the leaders of the AVAAKs in governance and production management
  7. Affiliation of all extension and other support staff
  8. Linkage with quality organizations and government on behalf of the farmers