Alphaxrd Gitau

Young Expert Youth in Agribusiness

Nairobi, Kenya

About Me

I am passionate about youth empowerment and their role in addressing food security in a climate change affected world.With the high levels of population globally, the need for more food production is rising rapidly and this provides a very noble opportunity for young people not only to contribute to food security but also to generate income and provide employment for themselves and others.

As a participant in the Young Expert Program, I am working on youth and agribusiness thematic focus at AgriProFocus Kenya with an interest on how to have more young people interested in engaging with agribusiness.

Skills and Expertise


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Posted 28 April 2017 at 08:21

Ongoza Entrepreneurs Application Form

Ongoza is a Kenyan organization that aims to build a resilient community of locally engaged youth business leaders. Working in four counties, Ongoza identifies promising grassroots youth business leaders with an existing micro-enterprise and a social mission and provides these entrepreneurs with highly subsidized, customized weekly business coaching and market linkages for two years. The two year program is broken down into 3 months, 9 months and 1 year to allow both the entrepreneur and our mentors to evaluate progress and adapt the coaching to fit the business needs. The total cost per quarter is heavily subsidized at 3,000 Ksh to allow as many young entrepreneurs to benefit and grow their enterprises. After 3 months, our entrepreneurs become eligible for low-cost debt financing through our exclusive partnership with Key Partners Ltd.

Applications are now open for young entrepreneurs from these four counties; Nairobi, Nakuru, Migori and Bungoma where w

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Posted 29 March 2017 at 01:35

Circular economy inspires young people to change the world(From the Guardian)

From an aquaponics start-up to a pop up hospital design, schools and universities are engaging with circular economy principles

The circular economy presents a chance for young people to take charge of their lives by being creative, innovative and resourceful. Photograph: Photofusion/REX
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“So many of my classmates and other friends say ‘I want to change the world’. The amazing thing is that most of us believe we can.” Max Hornick, a 26-year-old student at Western Michigan University, is reflecting on how the circular economy is inspiring young people to work for the social good.

Together with a team of four other students at WMU, Hornick recently won the 2015 Wege Prize for sustainable thinking with Local Loop Farms, an aquaponics food production concept that has since evolved into a community agricultural start-up.

“One of the biggest stru

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Posted 20 March 2017 at 06:44

Nothing for the youth without the youth!

How many youth-related conferences have you been to where youth issues are being articulated by an older generation? For me, there have been so many I have lost count.

That’s why being at the Young Africa Works Summit 2017 was a breath of fresh young air. This Summit was a departure from the norm in four key ways:

The Youth Delegates

Fifty young people were invited to attend the conference either as speakers, delegates or session panelists and even more were attendees. At a Summit of more than 300 people, young people were well represented in a number of diverse roles.

The Keynote Addresses

Imagine being at an event where keynote addresses are delivered by young people and they introduce their peers. Now stop dreaming because that was the reality at the Young Africa Works Summit.

Youth co-hosts Laetitia Mukungu, Founder of Africa Rabbit Centre and Rita Kimani, the Co-founder and CEO of FarmDrive introduced the keynote speakers, three youn

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Youth in Agribusiness Round table Meeting

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  22 March 2017, 07:00-10:00

AgriProFocus believes that the participation of youth in agri food sector is critical. In our new strategy on youth in agribusiness (2018-2022) , we recognize youth as key players in the sector. AgriProFocus aims to increase the number of successful youth led enterprises and the number of youth as key actors in the agrifood sector in decision making processes. As a way to enhance this, the participation of all stakeholders towards joint efforts and collaborations of supporting the youth is critical. It is against this background that AgriProFocus would like to bring together stakeholders (youth, private sector, development organizations, research and academia, government and international organizations) in the Youth in Agribusiness thematic area for a breakfast meeting. 

The aim of this meeting is to share our journey on youth in agribusiness, what we have been able to achieve so far, where we are and our aspirations for the future as a network. This will include sharing of knowled

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Posted 27 February 2017 at 07:42

Youth in Agribusiness Strategy Meeting:

In our new Global strategy, Youth is among the critical thematic areas the network would like to be more engaged in. As a way to enhance that, some of our youth in agribusiness thematic facilitators met in Nairobi last year November to develop our direction as a network on youth engagement in agribusiness. The objective of this meeting was to clearly define our approach on youth in agribusiness within the new strategy .Through sharing of experiences we have encountered in our countries in the past, we were able to develop a strategy on youth in agribusiness that includes well defined objectives (overall and specific) and a number of flagship projects.The flagship projects included Learning labs, Youth Caravan and Mapping.

Find Full Report here

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Posted 18 February 2017 at 09:47

Kenyan youth second in seeking side hustles in Africa


In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics./FILE

By MARGARET NJUGUNAH, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Kenya has the second highest number of youths with hustles at 40.8 percent, behind Nigeria at 44.4 percent according to GeoPoll Rapid.

In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics.

In Nigeria and Ghana, the youth are into less conventional sectors than those mostly associated with the youth such as ICT, entertainment and online businesses. In South Africa, Food & Beverage is the more popular side hustle for many youth.

The report – which focuses on millennials in Sub-Saharan Africa – seeks to find out what makes African Millennials tick, also found out that, on average only 37 percent, have side businesses.

Apart from Uganda

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Dorina Prech This is very interesting Alphaxrd Gitau. Could you share the link to the report too? Thanks. 

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Alphaxrd Gitau
There is the link to the source of information Dorina. I am not sure there is a report about it.

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Posted 27 January 2017 at 12:45

Farming for Biodiversity Solutions Competition:

Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the global population grows, so too does the demand for food – requiring production increases and potentially even greater impacts on the environment. Widespread land use and agricultural practices must change to reduce these losses. Yet, behavior change in this field is often inhibited by lack of awareness of solutions and of biodiversity’s value for the agricultural sector.

Solution Search is designed to change that. Some innovative solutions have recently emerged that bring farming in harmony with the natural environments that surround. Some have increased the biodiversity of plants, animals, insects and more on the agricultural land itself. This contest seeks to identify, reward and spotlight those successful approaches. In doing so, Solution Search will also increase awareness of biodiversity, its value and the many ways

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Sarah Assefa Thanks for this, Alpha! Would it be possible to add the tags, Agroecology and the country Ethiopia on this post? Our Agroecology Innovation Community would be happy for this update! Best wishes, Sarah

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Alphaxrd Gitau Dear Sarah i am not sure how to do that but you could also maybe post it again and add the tags..

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Cibarani Cibarani Bonne chance, really engaging!

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Posted 8 December 2016 at 04:25

Young People and Agriculture in Africa

The economic, social, and political benefits of bringing together young people and agriculture in Africa are undeniable, but governments must overcome certain challenges before they can be achieved.

A month ago, I and other young entrepreneurs were invited by the World Bank to their offices in Nairobi to take part in this year’s celebration to mark the World End Poverty Day under the theme “Food and Jobs: Fighting Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture.”

The discussion that brought together other participants from seventeen African countries by video conference: young farmers, journalists, scholars and students pursuing agricultural courses brought to the fore the similarity in challenges that affect African young farmers.

The future of Africa is anchored in agriculture, as much as there may be a strong thriving sector in innovation and technology.

To fight poverty therefore, there is a dire need to promote sustainable growth w

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Posted 28 November 2016 at 06:57

Agriculture CS issues warning on looming food scarcity

The country faces food scarcity because a majority of farmers are “old and dying” while the youth are not taking up farming, the government warned on Monday.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said a survey of farmers in the country has shown that most are between 60 and 62 years old, which is a major concern since the country’s life expectancy is at 63.

The government, he said, had set aside Sh20 billion to support and rally youth into agriculture for the next five years to avert a crisis.

The government targets people in their 40s but youths will also be recruited, he said.


Mr Bett also noted that low levels of farm mechanisation had made agriculture labour-intensive and less attractive to youths.

He added that the sector was also grappling with challenges of high cost of production owing to costly inputs and low yields, limited access to affordable credit by farmers and land fragmentation

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Posted 11 October 2016 at 04:16

Youth in Cooperatives: Learning Conference

AgriProFocus in partnership with Agriterra convened a 2 day workshop in Nyeri that brought together 50 young people from 10 cooperatives who are Agriterra clients. 

The aim of the 2 day workshop was to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra discuss and draw action plans o

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Sarah Assefa Hi! I am working on a project to mainstream GENDER in cooperatives in Ethiopia - but it is commingle really clear that one way that youth could be better engaged in agribusiness would be for them to be more involved in cooperatives (cooperative employees, or offering services to cooperatives...) some organizations are trying to push this. Some youth are also starting their own cooperatives - e.g., and I think it would be helpful for the work we are doing to learn more about concrete ways that youth can flourish in cooperatives! Cases, dilemmas, etc. would be super to have if you have them! Lets share! Thanks - Sarah

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Sarah Assefa Eg - in Ethiopia, many cooperatives have membership of one person per household (usually the older male) so this is a challenge to youth and female participation in cooperatives here. In the youth cooperative linked to in the previous comment, they have a good thing going in Tomatoes, but really spend a lot and are challenged by pest management... knowing things like these can help us make recommendations (e.g. for coop by-law modifications or linking to pest management experts) that would assist youth to thrive in coops. Please share more! <3

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Posted 5 October 2016 at 05:53

Agribusiness can generate wealth for Kenya farmers

From tea farming in the central region to sugarcane farming in the Western Kenya region, livestock keeping in northern Kenya, maize farming in the north rift and fishing in the Indian Ocean, smallholder producers face more or less the same hurdles to wealth creation.

The good news is that opportunities exist to make farming, including the small-scale types, a profitable venture for anyone. One of the ways of bringing shine to the much neglected sector is by adopting sustainable agribusiness.

Agribusiness is a broad area and covers the entire spectrum of food production with multiple players along the value chain.

It includes farming, the supply of various inputs, distribution, processing, wholesale and retail sales, research and development, marketing and financing as well as the end product: the food on the plate of the consumer.

The key players in the value chain include the farmers, co-operatives, regulators, government agencies, research institutions, companies, business associations, financial institutions, multilateral bodies, civil society, and the academia.

Sustainable agriculture is not singularly fixated on the profit motive. It considers the socio-economic, environmental and cultural impacts of various activities along the value chain.

It supports the local economy through knowledge transfer, job creation, supporting local enter

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Posted 13 September 2016 at 04:57

AGRIPROFOCUS AT AGRF 2016-NAIROBI, Kenya,05th-10th September

The just concluded African Green Revolution forum organized by AGRA dubbed "Seize the moment: Securing Africa's rise through agricultural transformation" from 05TH -10TH September 2016, brought together more than 1000 delegates from across the world. The participation was drawn from Academia and research, Private sector, Governments and development organizations. AgriProFocus was glad to be represented by our own Managing director Mr Sander Mager, Kenya Country coordinator Ms. Maureen Munjua, the Youth in agribusiness thematic facilitator Mr. Alphaxrd Gitau and our very own young entrepreneur"Trendsetter Elizabeth Mbogo of Botanic Treasures.

Together with the African Agribusiness Incubation network, AgriProFocus was privileged to host a session on how to promote and enhance Incubation of small business dubbed "scale and Alignment- Agribusiness Incubation"

Below are the various interventions and contributions from the entire team.

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Dorina Prech Many thanks for sharing the highlights from the AGRF Alpha. There is certainly a lot that can be learned by our network members. We hope they join in the discussions of how to promote sustainable incubation programs in our work.

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STEPHEN OBORE waooo thanks for the great presentation you put there. surely we me change makers and i know we are part of it as Agri Pro Focus

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Posted 30 August 2016 at 02:06

29 August 2016

Can mentoring boost youth participation in Kenyan agriculture?

by Justus Wanzala

Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy. Worth billions of dollars, it is responsible for the livelihoods of over 80 per cent of the rural population and accounts for 65 percent of the country’s total export revenue, according to the country’s Institute of Economic Affairs.

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Although agriculture accounts for 65 per cent of Kenya’s foreign export earnings, young people largely ignore the sector. A new mentoring scheme is hoping to change that.



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Posted 22 August 2016 at 09:51

Youth in development: 'We're tired of being the topic, not the leaders'

Young people are already spearheading the social entrepreneurial movement across the world. My own first venture, which worked on rural solar/biomass-based electricity generation, was launched when I was 19. I faced some difficulties initially due to being patronised, and working with government officials and even private sector leaders was challenging. How can we make sure others don’t have the same problems? Shrey Goyal, co-founder and director, Sustainable Growth Initiative, New Delhi, India @ShreyGoyal @ThinkSGI

2 Make young people the solution not the problem

There are currently two ways the sector talks about young people – as the beneficiaries of “youth development” or as participants of “youth-led development” but a lot of the time it’s not clear whether as a group we’re being portrayed as the problem or the solution. Youth marginalisation now channeling young people’s energy towards viol

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mary madonnah Quite an insightful read, I really liked the leaders meters they have in place to put leaders accountable for what promises they have. The speaker above is perfectly right, we keep talking about potential and forget that we can never eat potential, endless meetings with great presentations but as long as there is nothing on the ground, no progress will amount. i think the youth are ready to work, at least most of them are, but we need to be taken up,, to be supported. knowledge is not enough, we need some experiental element to it, real tools. For instance what he has mentioned on bigger enterprises mentoring startups, that's a brilliant idea. why not have the same case happen in kenya; we can easily become self sufficient in many goods once we take the large number of youth as an "opportunity to harness rather than a threat to tackle" as put again above. we need to stop talking statistics already and do something

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Alphaxrd Gitau Totally agree Mary Madonna..

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Posted 18 August 2016 at 07:47

Engaging Youth in Agriculture – The Key to a Food Secure Future?


(Image from Farm Africa)

Engaging youth in agriculture has been a prominent topic recently and has risen up the development agenda, as there is growing concern worldwide that young people have become disenchanted with agriculture.

With most young people – around 85% – living in developing countries, where agriculture is likely to provide the main source of income it is vital that young people are connected with farming.

Currently around the world we’re living in an era where rapid urbanisation has led to a decline in rural populations and for the first time ever the majority of the world’s population lives in a city. The UN World Health Organization predicts that “by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people” meaning that more young people than ever before are moving to cities and towns to find work,

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Bernard Mugume Engaging Youth in agriculture is one of our core objectives at Focus Youth Forum Association(FYF)

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Alphaxrd Gitau @ Bernard where are you guys based?

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Posted 28 June 2016 at 05:48

Are you using the right practices for the future you want to create?

Disruptive innovation isn’t a problem to be solved. It’s a future to be co-created — and the only way to get to where we want to go, is to paint a picture of a world that pulls us forward.

I originally trained as an engineer, and at the core of everything we learnt was design thinking and problem solving. We were taught how to use our expertise to pull things apart, find problem’s, analyse options and provide solutions. And for most of my career as a sustainability consultant, I have unquestionably applied this thinking to almost everything I did.

But recently — I have been starting to seriously question the whole problem solving thing.

Why? After completing a Masters in Psychology, and studying Regenerative Development with Regenesis and CLEAR  — I have become increasingly aware of its limitations. Don’t get me wrong, problem solving has a useful role in the right context, e.g. if you w

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Eugene Ndwiga Quite strategic, reflective and insightful piece on the new paradigm that development professionals must adopt going forward!

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Eugene Ndwiga Hi Gitau, did you finally post my finance appeal in the relevant platform?

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Posted 22 June 2016 at 09:32

Africa’s Future Farmers

In order to face the food security and nutrition challenges of the future there is a need to develop the capacities of the next generation of agricultural producers, by identifying ways to engage and empower youth – both women and men. Approximately 90 percent of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 live in developing countries, where agriculture employs as much as 60 percent of the labor force, and yet the majority of youth do not currently see agriculture as a viable career path given the low productivity rates and the difficulties they know to have been faced by previous generations. Farming has always been associated with poverty and punishment from our  parents and grandparents.I remember when i was growing up anytime i failed my exams my parents told me they would take me to my rural home to dig.Anytime i failed in school my parents would threaten me that i would end up in the farm where people with no education goes to.

Cognizant of all the factors, combating

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Posted 16 June 2016 at 09:31

Who will feed the Future?

There is a big sustainability gap in African farming. This is because, while a very high percentage of African farmers are old and aging (mainly above 60), the youth still have a tendency to shy away from farming and agriculture – at least not if they have other alternatives. More and more young people – especially the rural youth – focus on moving out from farming and rural communities to find “good jobs” in urban centres.

Arising from this trend is a question which many development organisations working in Africa and African governments are trying to understand how, or mobilizing resources, to tackle. That question is: who will feed the Africans of the future? During his keynote speech, at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week, Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AfDB) acknowledged that “young Africans are needed in agriculture to raise profitability (and innovations) in the sector.

That means, in addition to add

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Alphaxrd Gitau The question that keeps popping on my mind is whether actually all young people should engage in farming or are they motivated to be farmers and if not what should be the ext step?

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Chelangat Florence The challenges facing the youth are lack of funds for establishment and poor market prices due to brokers. What steps are being taken to ensure that the vast flactuation in market prices are met?

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Alphaxrd Gitau Chelangat thanks so much for this response. I agree lack of finances and market access is among the many bottlenecks that face youth in Agriculture. Never the less i think this is a challenge that needs holistic approach and cannot be solved by only one person.Kindly feel free to write to me and we discuss more on what we as AgriProFocus is doing to help address such challenges.

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Masua Mutua i feel that more youth should be engaged in agriculture. however, i don't think it's plausible that all the youth become farmers, we need them just as much in other actors. in any case if we are not making the current farmer base work adding more will not solve the problem. like chelangat has pointed out, markets and lack of finances have been consistent crippling barriers to productive farming. with markets, incentive is created to dig in agri-business ventures, and with capital one has the capability to start out and upscale when necessary. perhaps another need is training and community; many youths would enter a venture blindly, hurriedly pursuing something they feel that will earn them rushed profits. when these profits do not materialize, they get disappointed while the reason was that sound information was not sought before beginning the venture. in community, i feel that most of the youth are focused on improving themselves- we are selfish, we don't want to combine resources, we want to succeed alone. if we had community, person a would merge would person b and another to get a larger piece of land for farming, take advantages of economies of scale than they would if person a acted alone.

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Alphaxrd Gitau Masua Mutua thanks so much for this feedback.Totally in agreement that not all of us should actually be farmers and not all of us necessarily have the capacity to be farmers nor entrepreneurs.Therefore we need to focus on those that have the capabilities, passion and capacities to be farmers. The question that we should answer is what are the innovative ways of doing all this?Kindly feel free to engage with the discussion further.

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Posted 16 June 2016 at 08:08

KCB and Tuskys partner to lift youth in farming

The KCB Foundation and Tuskys Supermarket have entered into a strategic partnership to support contract farming for thousands of youths in agribusiness and offer at least 1,600 internship opportunities.

The partnership targets to benefit 12,000 youths across 22 counties in the identified value chains in agribusiness through provision of asset financing and working capital to enable the young farmers meet the needs of demand and supply.

Tuskys Supermarkets has committed to buy all the produce from the venture. “This project is meant to support youth entrepreneurship. We believe that the youth hold the greatest sway in the pace and trajectory that the East African economy will take into the future. We also acknowledge the great contribution agriculture makes to the national GDP and we are committed to supporting the sector,” said Jane Mwangi, the KCB Foundation director.
To further enhance this partnership, KCB Foundation thr

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Chelangat Florence I am interested in the programme. How can someone join?

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Alphaxrd Gitau Chelangat i am not sure how to access the program but i will let you know in case i hear something on the same.

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Chelangat Florence Thanks

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Eugene Ndwiga Hi, Gitau, keep me too in the loop when you get the finer details

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Dorina Prech Hi Alphaxrd Gitau, did you get any response regarding this programme? Would be great to get the members here updated. 

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Posted 15 June 2016 at 12:45

No funds for agriculture research in the budget

June 10, 2016

By Agatha Ngotho @agathangotho 

Agriculture research has once again been ignored in the current budget.

Two years since the creation of the Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organization, the government is yet to allocate any funds for its operation and management.

Karlo director general Eliud Kireger said this has slowed down operations at the institute and is also demoralizing the staff. Their salaries are yet to harmonized after the merger.

“Karlo was upgraded to a higher lever from under the state corporation categories. The move comes with a new salary structure, but two years down the line, the government is yet to allocate money to the organization,” he said. Karlo was upgraded from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute.

Kari was categorized as PC 5A, while the Tea Research Foundation, Coffee Research Foundation and Kenya Sug

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Janine Schoeman Hi, Maybe you can upload a smaller image? This one is almost as large as the text:)

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