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AgriBiz call for applications launched in four counties – KBC

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The AgriBiz programme has Thursday launched a call for applications targeting youth and women in agribusiness in Machakos, Kisii, Uasin Gishu and Isiolo counties during an event hosted by Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua.

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The programme will fund 2,400 women and youth-led agribusinesses over a period of five years at a cost of Ksh 5.1 billion, an additional Ksh 17.1 billion in loans will also be leveraged from local financial institutions to support the enterprises.

In the five year period, the programme is expected to have created 17,000 jobs in the agricultural sector across the country, particularly for youth and women.

The programme aims at increasing smallholder production, improve food security and boost household incomes.

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Applicants from neighboring counties have been encouraged to apply for the programme.

Machakos County will accept applications from, Makeuni, Kajiado and Kitui while Kisii will accept applications from Nyamira, Kericho, Kisumu, Migori, Homabay, Bomet and Narok. Uasin Gishu will cover, Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Turkana, West Pokot.

Finally, Isiolo will cover Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu.

Successful applicants to the programme will benefit from training, business advisory and financing to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and encourage appropriate agribusiness practices.

The advice will be provided through business hubs set up in the counties which will offer advice to all selected agri-businesses.

Officials and residents from the four host counties who were in attendance have said that different stakeholders are ready for the call after the recently concluded sensitization fora about the AgriBiz.

The call will be targeting individuals, Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in different levels of animal and crops value chains.

The event was attended by the European Union Ambassador to Kenya H.E Simon Mordue, Danida Deputy Head of Cooperation in Kenya Mr. Henrik Larsen and KCIC CEO Dr. Edward Mungai among other officials.

Danida Deputy Head of Cooperation, Machakos Governor, EU Amb to Kenya and KCIC CEO after the launch.

The EU Ambassador hailed the programme as an innovative way of supporting the value that lies in agriculture. “The overall objective of the programme is not just the growing of crops or rearing of animals, but improvement of livelihoods because AgriBiz will unlock a lot of potential in the agricultural sector that is hitherto untapped,” he said. “We therefore encourage youth and women with innovative ideas to apply and get support.

At present, the programme has admitted applicants from Kiambu, Bungoma, Meru and the surrounding counties as well as a national cohort that is being supported from the headquarter offices at Strathmore University.

“Launching the programme in these three counties is an opportunity to create livelihood for women and youth which will also support the entire family,” the Danida Head of Cooperation has said.

Adding that: “There are numerous opportunities within the AgriBiz program that if taken advantage of, will shift the economic status of these counties and their residents to an upwards trajectory.”

The four counties are endowed with abundant natural resources and diverse ecosystems which include large-scale tracts of land, good soil structures and improving infrastructure.





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