Managing a 4-K Clubs Project

A project is a temporary activity undertaken to meet specific goals and objectives aimed at bringing beneficial change or added value. It should have a defined beginning and end. Project management is the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating and controlling resources to achieve specific goals.

4-K Club activities should give girls and boys an equal opportunity to participate in productive roles. A project may include vegetables growing, small livestock, fish production and making handcrafts. The 4-K Club project will enable the member to engage in an activity of value to himself and his family. The members can learn improved agricultural methods which can be adopted by both the parents and the community. 

The project then becomes a result demonstration (show case) in the community.

INTRODUCTION

A project gives the member certain responsibilities and feeling of pride in ownership. It stimulates interest in agricultural production and gives an opportunity to develop agricultural and life skills. A project gives them an opportunity to earn money, make decision on its use and learn the value of keeping records.

TYPES OF PROJECTS

The choice of project depends on the area and the interest of the member. Examples include vegetable growing and processing, tree nursery, fruit growing and processing, livestock keeping, fish farming and handicrafts.

    PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

    • Plot of land, pond or a house Seed, animal or fingerlings.
    • Tools, fertilizers, agro-chemicals, feeds or any other appropriate inputs.
    • Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials on the subject published by MoALFC and other stakeholders.
    • The 4-K Club record book.

    Members should have their individual projects visited by the Patron, the local leader, the agricultural staff or other extension service providers and club members. They should have the opportunity to show their projects along with their record books. It is important for the members to complete their project. Once completed, the record book should be sent to the patron and agricultural extension service provider for signature. However, the projects can be sustained so long as the members have resources.

    PROJECT TYPES

    Home Projects

    Activities of 4-K Club centre on the home project which may consist of growing crops, keeping animals, aquaculture and related activities along the value chain. The 4-K Club leader or extension service provider should consider the following procedure when identifying a member’s home project.

    Home Projects

    Activities of 4-K Club centre on the home project which may consist of growing crops, keeping animals, aquaculture and related activities along the value chain. The 4-K Club leader or extension service provider should consider the following procedure when identifying a member’s home project.

    Setting Up 4-K Club Projects

    STEP I: PROJECT IDENTIFICATION

    4-K Club members should identify projects they want to undertake with the guidance of their leaders.

      STEP II: ACQUIRE FARM INPUTS

      The extension service provider should help members secure certified seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, fingerlings, breeds of livestock, the right housing and
      tools. Collective purchases from the stockiest should be done to reduce on cost and ensure safe handling. 

      NB: Pesticides can also be collectively purchased, stored and sprayed 

        STEP III: ESTABLISH AND MANAGE THE PROJECT

        4-K 4-K Club members are expected to establish the identified projects once they have acquired the necessary inputs required. At this point, they should rely on the extension service providers and other volunteer leaders who have the skill in setting up various agricultural projects.

        STEP IV: PUT UP PROJECT SIGN BOARDS

        The sign board should be erected at the project site and should be conspicuously placed to stimulate public interest and for project ownership.

          STEP V: KEEP RECORDS

          Record what has been learned from club activities, what the local club has done and the member’s role, what project is planned for the following year and suggestions to improve the Club Program for the following year. A member may attach a photograph of self with project to this page. Record each meeting date and place. Note what role the member played at the club meeting e.g. being an ofFIcial giving demonstration or as a member.