Youth in Agribusiness Kenya


moderated by Dorina Prech

Young agri-entrepreneurs face a myriad of challenges including access to financial and capacity development resources. AgriProFocus recognises that young men and women are change makers that could significantly contribute to the growth of the agriculture sector if well supported. 

In 2017, AgriProFocus Kenya would like to work with like-minded stakeholders within the network to link youth to financial resources and other growth opportunities including internship, mentorship and business development services. As a network, we would like to work towards creating an enabling environment that supports youth to create successful businesses. 

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Posted 19 January 2018 at 07:15

Sensitizing Youth in Agribusiness on Quality, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards as a key driver for Market development

From the internet, TV or journals and newspapers we receive a constant stream of information about health risks associated with the food we eat. Food arrives in every home from all over the world and it is a sensitive commodity. It can be affected by contamination from microbes, heavy metals and toxins which get to the food inadvertently through poor hygiene, or it can be tampered with intentionally via food fraud. Everything that finds its way into food, if not used correctly, can be dangerous. Food additives, intentionally put into food to facilitate production, Residues of pesticides, used to protect plants against pests that may ruin our harvest and cause famines and Residues of veterinary drugs used in animal production.

Population growth, animal health and climate change are important issues affecting our food supply and as the United Nations family begins to ch

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CoELIB Call for Agribusiness Incubation in the Livestock Value Chain

CoELIB stands for the Centre of Excellence in Livestock Innovation and Business and has its origins in an initiative that focused on strengthening capacity for participatory management of indigenous livestock to encourage agricultural innovation and business in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa.

One of the key tasks of this initiative was to establish a multipurpose centre that would foster innovation and business development in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa.

CoELIB has now redefined itself and broaden its cope and simply referred to CoELIB. The business part of the centre operates CoELIB Incubar, a multisectorindependent incubator that Innovates, Invests and Incubates.

CoELIB Incubar focuses on countries in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. Recently a physical location was opened in Malawi close to the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The desired end-state from the perspective of CoELIB Incubar is a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that empowers, provid

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Posted 17 January 2018 at 07:50


Nairobi Innovation Week

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  05 March 2018 - 09:00 to 09 March 2018 - 05:00
  Nairobi, University of Nairobi

  NIW.Startups is a platform for discovering and showcasing the new most promising startups in the region while attracting the right investors to fund them. NIW.Startups is part of the annual Nairobi Innovation Week organized by stakeholders in the regional innovation ecosystem. In 2018, Nairobi Innovation Week will be held on 5th - 9th March. During that week 100 startups will pitch and the 15 most promising startups will be feted. 

To join the Network, update your start-up profile at before 31st January 2018.

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Posted 7 December 2017 at 07:58

WE FARM opportunity -Field Coordinator, Kenya



Location: KENYA


Job Code: jobKEFT2

Wefarm, the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer digital network, enables farmers to connect with one another to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation. Utilising the latest machine learning technology, Wefarm’s service works both online and over SMS. Knowledge shared on Wefarm can help farmers to produce higher quality product, increase yields, gain insight into market pricing, tackle the effects of climate change, diversify agricultural interests, and much more.

Since its founding in 2015, Wefarm has been named one of Africa’s Most Innovative Companies by FastCompany and has won Google’s Impact Challenge Award, TechCrunch’s Europas-Tech for Good Award, and the European Union Commission’s Ideas from Europe prize, among others. We’ve been covered on CNN, the BBC, Wired, TechCrunch, Forbes, the FT and more. The company is

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Posted 6 December 2017 at 12:33

United States Department of State Professional Fellows Program—Advancing Young Women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators: A Tanzania-Kenya-Uganda-U.S. Partnership

The goal of the Fellows Program is to build fellows’ capacity and skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation and for them to learn about issues of women’s economic empowerment. Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan fellows will develop their leadership capacity and professional skills through a fully funded four-week fellowship program in the United States.

The four-week U.S. program will include a professional internship with Michigan organizations focused on agriculture, innovation, agro-entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment and additional seminars and trainings with professionals from Michigan State University and throughout the state of Michigan.

The Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Profes

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Victoria Gama Thanks for sharing Dorina Prech

1 month 2 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Cool! Did you share on social media as well?

1 month 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Yes Anne Marie Kortleve, please share it from your end too. Thanks

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Posted 5 December 2017 at 08:01

What could be better than learning on the job?
You'll develop your SKILLS and your BRAIN POWER

Apply now!!

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Posted 1 December 2017 at 06:55



The purpose of the Agriculture apprenticeship is to fill the gap for skilled manpower in farms and to create employment opportunities for the rapidly growing masses of unemployed graduates of Kenya learning institutions.

For more information on the same or any referrals kindly contact;

Peris @ 0727 203 251

Christine @ 0716 431 054

Agriculture Integrated Dev't Can qualified individuals from Uganda also apply?

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Posted 2 November 2017 at 11:17

Beyond Temporal Resilience: Why we need to change tact on youth involvement in agriculture

The world population is estimated to be over 9 billion by 2050 with the greatest challenge being food insecurity. With this encroaching danger, efforts by global bodies led by the United Nations to solve the problem have been enhanced. However, I am afraid the effort is not bearing fruits as expected.

Of importance to me is the role of youth in establishing sustainable and resilient agricultural projects. Resilience happens when we are able to put a human face to development interventions- FAO. According to Africa Agenda 2063, Youth and women have been given a prominent role in establishing and sustaining economies in Africa through agriculture. This has also been echoed by the United Nation.

Although there exist new valuable knowledge, technology and skills to help in enhancing productivity in agriculture; either adoption rate has been slow or communication of information has failed.

While attending a con

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Posted 21 July 2017 at 12:08

Hello Dorina, thanks for the amazing work you are doing in enlightening the youth.  Is there a way the organization can support a prospective agri-entrepreneur with information, advice and mentorship on how to set up a profitable agribusiness venture?  I would like to venture in agribusiness but currently lack info on the ideal crops and animals to grow or rear based on the soil fertility and climate respectively.  I would also like to know if the organization can link a farmer to a ready market for a particular product.

Thanks so much. Will really appreciate your response.

Kevin, Kisumu

Anne Marie Kortleve Dorina Prech

6 months 2 days ago

Dorina Prech Hi Kevin Omolo, apologies for the delay in responding. Somehow I missed a notification on your post, but I suppose you already dropped an email to us. If not, let me say there are a number of resources on this platform that you can utilise, if you click on the Knowledge Base on the top bar. If you don't get what you need, you can drop an email with specific questions to and we will direct you to the right support system. What particular product are you looking at that you need market for? Please let me know and I can see an ideal company/institution to help you with that.  

4 months 2 weeks ago

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Posted 7 April 2017 at 08:52

Call for applications - World Bank Group Analyst Program 2017

This program is a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented youth with a passion for international development to contribute to the world's most pressing needs.

More details on eligibility requirements, benefits and deadline can be found on this website.

DENNIS KANDIE Agriculture being the mainstay of Kenya`s economy needs a lot of attention. It is the young energetic population that can shatter stereotypes of success within agriculture sector. I am grateful to be part of this crucial platform since i am able to learn more and shape my career towards agribusiness. I just want to know from you people how will you ascertain that grass root young population know about this site.

4 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Hi DENNIS KANDIE , it's great that you are finding the platform useful. Good question there, a number of youth are on this platform, but work remains in terms of sharing information to the grassroots to ensure that they benefit from the immense resources herein. We are all the Ambassadors to do this. 

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Posted 24 March 2017 at 03:06

Report: Youth in Agribusiness Roundtable meeting, 22 March 2017

AgriProFocus Kenya  hosted a Youth in Agribusiness stakeholders round table breakfast meeting on the 22nd of March at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi. This meeting brought together stakeholders working in the youth in agribusiness space from development, private sector, research and academia, young entrepreneurs and government.

The objective of the meeting was to share our journey as a network on what we have been able to achieve, our plans for the future in light of the new strategy; and to have the various stakeholders share and learn from each others experiences and work.

Key from the meeting was the need for more collaborations and partnerships as well as more sharing of our work as stakeholders which reduces duplication of efforts. The stakeholders committed to supporting each other, as well as contributing to the success of the planned flagship projects for 2017. This includes learning labs, business to

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Workshop on Youth Engagement in Cooperatives Management

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  06 October 2016 to 07 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Nyeri County

In collaboration with Agriterra, AgriProFocus will convene a 2 day workshop for 60 youths drawn from cooperatives working with Agriterra. This workshop fits well with our vision of seeing more youths in leadership positions within the agribusiness sector.

The aim of the 2 day workshop is to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra organize themselves better to be able to advocate for inclusion in the cooperative management. This will involve looking at what their responsibility as young farmers is towards the cooperative. In addition, the young farmers will look at the role of the cooperatives in enhancing more youth participation in management.


· To provide a platform to share and learn from each other on already existing best practices from the Netherlands [Dutch Young Farmers Organisation] as well as local cooperatives that have successfully set up youth councils within their management structure.

· To develop an engagement strate

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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 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?

1 year 7 months ago

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?

1 year 7 months ago

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.

1 year 7 months ago

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.

1 year 7 months ago

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.

1 year 7 months ago

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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?

1 year 7 months ago

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.

1 year 7 months ago

Chelangat Florence Thanks

1 year 7 months ago

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

1 year 7 months ago

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

4 months 2 weeks ago

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Posted 30 May 2016 at 07:12


Our appointed youth ambassadors will establish their own dream teams. Together they will identify youth entrepreneurs who have been truly impactful in their local societies. The youth entrepreneurs will be selected based on creativity, innovation and contribution to the local society.

Find below the call for applications.

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Posted 19 May 2016 at 02:10

CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems’ Youth Strategy 2014-2017: Engaging Youth in Innovative Agricultural Development

©FAO/Giulio NapolitanoWhy is it at times more rewarding to involve today's youth in innovation to improve agricultural livelihoods than to work with previous generations?

A significant part of the reason stems from the rapid changes taking place in today’s globalized world that is typified by migration, urbanization, technological innovation, increasing educational levels and aspirations, and the IT and social media revolution linking youth to global information and change movements.

CGIAR Youth Strategy - Setting a precedent

This Youth Strategy is the first to be issued within the CGIAR system, setting a precedent that may stimulate serious attention to this critical stakeholder group among other CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). It may also contribute to inspire joint efforts with other partners to engage youth in innovative agricultural development.


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Georges Djodji Akibodé Programme de recherche du CGIAR sur la stratégie Dryland Systems jeunesse 2014-2017: la mobilisation des jeunes dans le développement agricole innovant. Pourquoi est-il parfois plus gratifiant de faire participer les jeunes d'aujourd'hui en matière d'innovation pour améliorer les moyens de subsistance agricoles que de travailler avec les générations précédentes? Une partie importante de la raison provient des changements rapides qui ont lieu dans le monde globalisé d'aujourd'hui qui se caractérise par la migration, l'urbanisation, l'innovation technologique, l'augmentation des niveaux d'éducation et les aspirations, et l'IT et de la révolution des médias sociaux reliant les jeunes à l'information et de changement des mouvements mondiaux. Stratégie jeunesse GCRAI - Créer un précédent Cette Stratégie de la jeunesse est la première à être publiée dans le système du GCRAI, créant un précédent qui peut stimuler une attention sérieuse à ce groupe d'intervenants critique parmi d'autres programmes de recherche du CGIAR (CRP). Elle peut également contribuer à inspirer les efforts conjoints avec d'autres partenaires pour engager les jeunes dans le développement agricole innovant. La stratégie a été élaborée grâce à un processus multipartite participative qui a été lancé dans le genre et Stratégie de Jeunesse Design Workshop (Malawi, 20-21 Septembre 2013). Elle attire également des discussions riches au Systems Dryland First Sciences et Réunion de mise en œuvre (Amman, Jordanie, le 30 Juin-4 Juillet 2014). spécialistes du genre comme Jennie Dey de Pryck (Forum mondial sur la recherche / Gender in Partnership Agriculture agricole), est l'auteur principal de ce document avec des contributions précieuses de jeunes professionnels pour le personnel de développement agricole Courtney Paisley et Marina Cherbonnier Genre et Jeunesse selon l'approche La jeunesse et en particulier les jeunes femmes ont longtemps été mis de côté dans l'élaboration des politiques. Cependant, les jeunes plus que jamais doivent devenir des engagés dans la prise de décision, la conception du projet et la mise en œuvre des programmes agricoles innovants. Le programme de recherche du GCRAI sur les systèmes Dryland stratégie jeunesse 2014-2017 est ancrée autour de deux mandats de systèmes Dryland. La première est la jeunesse, qui est l'un des quatre thèmes transversaux: genre, la jeunesse, la biodiversité et le renforcement des capacités; et l'autre concerne la cinquième des six résultats du développement intermédiaire (IDO 5), qui est consacré à l'égalité des sexes et de l'intégration des jeunes. Le programme de recherche du GCRAI sur la stratégie de genre sur les systèmes Dryland offre une approche d'âge ventilées pour identifier et répondre aux besoins des jeunes. Élaboration d'une stratégie jeunesse - facultatif? L'importance de la construction d'une stratégie pour la jeunesse repose sur la volonté de traiter les jeunes des questions spécifiques telles que l'exode rural et le chômage des jeunes. De même, il représente la première étape pour trouver des moyens d'attirer et d'avoir les jeunes impliqués activement dans la lutte contre les défis du vieillissement global de la population active agricole. La lutte contre la sécurité alimentaire mondiale, les défis de la nutrition et de la construction d'un avenir durable, exige la nouvelle génération à devenir des agents de changement dynamique dans l'agriculture. Cela ne peut se produire lorsque les acteurs locaux, nationaux et mondiaux se rendent compte du rôle crucial qu'ils doivent jouer, grâce à des politiques et des plans de jeunesses appropriées, pour permettre aux jeunes de libérer leur plein potentiel. Sans les efforts et l'engagement de toutes les parties prenantes concertées, cette stratégie de la jeunesse aura un peu plus de morceaux de papier. "Depuis le GCRAI marche sur une nouvelle terre, cette stratégie représente un document vivant, à élaborer et enrichi à la lumière de nouvelles perspectives et d'expériences entre de nombreux partenaires et intervenants du GCRAI, ainsi que le processus de réforme du GCRAI en constante évolution." Cliquez ici pour lire le programme de recherche du GCRAI sur la Stratégie jeunesse Systems Dryland Related Posts La recherche et l'éducation dans l'agriculture et la production alimentaire sont essentiels pour la sécurité alimentaire Pour lutter contre la faim, Inspire jeunesse Session Interactive Student: Apporter Nouvelles perspectives sur les biotechnologies agricoles MyFood30: Growing agroalimentaire les talents de demain "Dragons" exhorter les jeunes à prendre les rênes du pouvoir

1 year 8 months ago

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Posted 19 May 2016 at 01:11

Getting today’s kids to feed us tomorrow

If we do not manage to attract young people to farming, we will not be able to feed a growing, and increasingly urbanized, world population. This logic makes more and more people and organizations aware of the importance of giving priority to youth in agriculture.

What are the challenges and how can international organizations work to make agriculture more attractive to youth? These were the questions a number of Dutch organizations came together to discuss in an informal and exploratory meeting on Youth in agriculture, in The Hague.

According to an initial overview by the Dutch Food & Business Knowledge Platform, many organizations recognize the youth in the agri-food sector and have launched successful initiatives. But there are still many challenges to efficiently deal with the role of youth in agriculture.

The participants discussed a number of these challenges of these challenges. For instance, the urgency of creating jobs including in t

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Joel Kimathi Good.

1 year 8 months ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Thanks Joel.. Most welcome to the online platform and continue with the discussion.

1 year 8 months ago

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Posted 19 May 2016 at 11:42

A growing, vibrant online and on the ground network : YPARD 2015 Annual Report

Since its inception, YPARD has grown rapidly, demonstrating the need and value that young professionals see in a youth focused network.

This is moreso reflected in the recently released YPARD 2015 annual report which takes into account all the activities YPARD community has been involved in for the last one year.Among these notable activities include;

Communication both Online and Offline

In the last one year, YPARD national representatives have made waves in their countries, mobilizing youth in agriculture, focusing action on specific issues and making their voices heard. As of the report publication, YPARD membership spread across the globe has 11, 621 registered members from 187 countries. But not all young people are online a situation that YPARD Sri Lanka representative has taken note of. She brings the offline youths printed copies of the YPARD newsletter while in Armenia the message is spread th

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