Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) in partnership with the European Union, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Danida), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), African Development Bank (AfDB), and Africa Guarantee Fund (AGF) launches AgriBiz challenge for youth and women in Kenya.
According to KCIC the 1 year program that is scheduled to kick off in the month of September 2020 was put together to address some of the challenges preventing youth and women participation in agribusiness and stimulate the growth of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the agribusiness sector.
AgriBiz will benefit 2,400 SMEs has been carefully crafted with a vision of creating 17,000 to help reduce the number of unemployment and increase the participation of youth and women in the agribusiness sector. This will advance the achievements of Kenya’s economic blueprint and also help realize the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals. In a more specific approach, Agribiz will seek to achieve the following goals;
- Reducing poverty
- Eradicating hunger
- Promoting decent work and economic growth
- Combating climate change
- Promoting sustainable use of land
AgriBiz will be implemented in Kilifi, Machakos, Kiambu, Meru, Isiolo, Kisii, Bungoma, and Uasin Gishu counties. All youth and women in agribusiness space are encouraged to apply.
AgriBiz challenge will be executed through hubs in the relevant target counties and the regional blocks and will promote business development services including technical assistance and access to facilities; as well as access to land and other resources and factor of agricultural production.
Besides, it will enable access to finance for youth and women-owned SMEs engaged in agribusiness. Awareness creation and the pursuit of an enabling environment for greater involvement of women and youth in agribusiness will also be carried out.
To submit your application visit https://kenyacic.org/