A focus on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) which fit the local context for selected crops of strong interest to western Kenya stakeholders. The details of the GAPs modules for the selected commodities have been adapted to the western Kenya crop production environment, taking into consideration local conditions while based on general underlying principles. The purpose of the modules is to promote the application of GAPs by small and medium-sized landholders in the region. It is hoped that their participation in GAPs will lead to local food system resilience and increased crop productivity.
Kenya has gradually domesticated Global GAP Standards and Protocols in national laws, rules and regulations governing agricultural production, in what is nationally known as the Kenya Standard, under Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). If these legal instruments are enforced, they can go a long way to improve agricultural management practices in the region. Examples of the GAP Standards that find relevance in the Kenya Standard are FAO GAP Standard (FAO 2016); Sustainable Agriculture Standard (RainForest Alliance 2017) and KenyaGAP (under FPEAK), and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Product Carbon Footprint Standards. GHG applies in agriculture for energy use, soil carbon and durable tree crops.