Enhancing Partnerships for Industry-led Vocational Training and education (ePIVOT) in the horticulture value chains of Kenya 

Improve professional education and vocational training at the level of Polytechnics and Technical and Vocational Colleges (TVCs) in the horticulture value chains through strong collaboration with the private sector.

This project builds on two previous NICHE projects. During the project, the consortium will seek to establish a long term partnership between the Dutch and Kenyan partners as well between Private and Public actors. 

Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) will work closely with the Government of Kenya through the MoAFL&I, who will identity and recommend five TVT's who will benefit directly from this project.

Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) supports the project, which makes it impactful as they will be the linking pin with the horticultural sector and will play an important role in the identification of priorities of the horticultural centres and the needs of the private sector.

The consortium will work closely with the Fresh Produce Association of Kenya (FPEAK) to ensure that the projects supports the aspirations of the horticulture industry of Kenya. 


Long term impact:

    The project will contribute to: 
  • Promote agricultural growth; 
  • Create ecologically sustainable food systems;  
  • Water efficiency in agriculture increased 

Medium-term impact: 

  • Education system (TVET/HE) is of good quality, relevant and accessible (SDG 4);
  • Partnerships  between  persons  and  organisations  are  inclusive  and sustainable (SDG 1 7); 
  • Organisations key to (sectoral) inclusive development of partner countries are strengthened  by inflow of  enhanced  workforce. 


  • Highly skilled graduates and trainees; 
  • Strengthened staff capacity of the participating educational institutes;  
  • Extension staff have capacity to devise and offer results-based contextualized technical information to farmers; 
  • The horticulture curricula are jointly reviewed. adapted and implemented - in cooperation with stakeholders;
  • Establishment of a learning network of industry, education, and government agencies; 
  • Inclusivity including mainstreaming gender, people living with disability and other marginalized;
  • Consolidated institutional collaboration between "green" education institutions in Kenya and the Netherlands. 


Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST), graduates and trainees of involved “green education”  institutes. 


Meru University of Science and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya