Empowering youth through Sustainable Agribusiness in Transnzoia County

Courtesy of Farm Africa

According to a recent survey by the Institute of Economic Affairs, young people under the age of 34 make up 78.3 percent of the Kenyan population.

Farm Africa’s Youth Empowerment in Sustainable Agriculture (YESA) project is working to build young people’s interest in agricultural enterprises. These help generate income, create resilience and empower young people to become business leaders in their communities.

Building Sustainable Youth Agribusinesses

YESA creates, strengthens and supports youth groups to establish and manage agricultural businesses. The project provides training and technical assistance in agronomy, helps groups to market their products and encourages members to become active in local politics and governance.

The project supports young farmers in various ways, including:

  • Providing seed funding to start small agri-businesses for example growing snow peas, cabbages, chilies and French beans.
  • Demonstrating agronomic practices and technologies in group plots used as training sites.
  • Training participating groups on financial literacy, credit management and business planning.
  • Supporting youth groups to access commercial finance to sustain and expand their businesses.
  • Linking the groups to markets and supporting them in the negotiation of contract farming agreements with buyers.

Who are we helping?

YESA is partnering with 87 youth groups in Trans Nzoia County, with a total of 2,300 members (47% of which are women)

RESULTS TO DATE

  • 40 groups are working under contract farming agreements with two export companies (Safe Produce Solutions for cabbages, Keitt Exporters and Kenya Fresh for French beans and snow peas and Mace Foods for chillies export), that engage the groups as out-growers for their supply chains.
  • About 780 lead farmers, have also started their own individual enterprises on their own farms and with Farm Africa’s initial technical support.
  • Approximately, KES 1.3 million (£9,300) in credit has been obtained by the youth groups from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund. The loans are being used to invest in technology, such as greenhouses, and to support their agricultural enterprises, including poultry, sheep, and vegetable farming and other small businesses.

Seed capital from Farm Africa enabled the groups to buy equipment that they can lease such as a multipurpose two-wheel tractor that can harrow, mix manure, blend fertilisers, irrigate, plough, weed and transport produce from the farms to marketplace

Disclaimer: Youth County Projects Kenya spreads opportunities for your convenience and ease based on available information, and thus, does not take any responsibility of unintended alternative or inaccurate information. As this is not the official page, we recommend you to visit the official website of opportunity provider for complete information. For organizations, this opportunity is shared with sole purpose of promoting “Access to Information” for all and should not be associated with any other purposes.

 

Advertisements

Author: youthcountyprojects

This platform seeks to fill the knowledge and awareness gap regarding youth projects being implemented in the 47 counties in Kenya. It also highlights projects focusing on youth being implemented in 47 counties in Kenya by the national government,county governments,donor agencies,civil society organisations (CSOs),Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs),Donor Agencies,Community Based Organisations (CBOs),private sector and individuals and their impact to the communities. The projects lie within the social pillar,economic pillar and political pillar as enshrined in Vision 2030. Email: youthprojectskenya@gmail.com Facebook Page: Youth Projects Kenya Twitter : @YouthProjects

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s