Bring Your Proposals: Waziri Makanda Tells Bungoma Youths on Agri-Business

Bungoma CECM - Agriculture Mathews Makanda (speaking) during the event. PHOTO/COURTESY
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Bungoma County Executive Secretary in charge of Agriculture Mathews Makanda has asked youths in Bungoma County to channel in their business proposals on Agri-Business.

Speaking at the County Headquarters on Thursday 17th September, 2020, during the signing of the AgriBiz programme, Mr. Makanda asked the young men and women to embrace farming as a way of boosting their income.

“With this wonderful programme, youths and women have a chance to showcase their prowess in farming with a stable funding from the European Union and Denmark already in place,” said the CECM.

The County Government of Bungoma and Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards supporting women and youth agribusiness enterprises in Bungoma County and the broader Lake Region Economic Block. This is a first in a series of MoUs that KCIC will be signing with a few selected counties.

This follows the launch of the AgriBiz programme in March, that will see a roll-out of 8 Business Incubation Hubs in eight counties.

By signing the MoU, Bungoma will be the first county taking active steps in supporting establishment of such hubs, specifically to be located at the Agricultural Training Center (ATC) based at Mabanga.

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Other pre-identified counties include Kilifi, Machakos, Kiambu, Meru, Isiolo, Kisii and Uasin Gishu.

From left to right: Bungoma County Deputy Governor Prof Charles Ngome Kibanani, KCIC Chief Executive Officer Edward Mungai, Bungoma Governor H.E Wycliffe Wangamati, First Lady H.E Mama Carolyne Wangamati and County Liasson Officer Dennis Wasike during the launch at the County Headquarters on Thursday. PHOTO/COURTESY

AgriBiz is a five-year programme funded by the EU and Denmark (Danida) at a cost of Kshs 5.1 billion to support 2,400 women and youth-led agribusiness enterprises across the country and lead to the creation of 17,000 job opportunities.

Already, KCIC has onboarded 200 agribusiness enterprises, who are now receiving support from KCIC’s central Hub based at Strathmore University in Nairobi.

The programme will impact positively on the national food basket by ensuring less waste, improved production efficiency and promote sustainable exploitation of the natural resource base, by encouraging appropriate agribusinesses practices.

While congratulating KCIC and Bungoma County on signing this MoU, the European Union Ambassador to Kenya, H. E. Simon Mordue said: “This programme is a timely intervention for the women and youth of Kenya. With more than 60% of the unemployed Kenyans being young people, AgriBiz will channel resources to a crucial sector to provide meaningful and quality job creation opportunities for them, in a high potential sector such as agribusiness.”

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By addressing the factors that hinder women and youth from participating in agribusiness initiatives, KCIC will provide beneficiaries with training, business advisory and financing services.

The County Government of Bungoma will also work with KCIC towards the creation and promotion of an enabling environment that will enhance women and youth participation in agribusiness ventures in the county.

Edward Mungai, the Chief Executive Officer at KCIC said: “Bungoma is endowed with great agribusiness potential. By tapping into the potential of youth and women, our intention is to increase smallholder production that will have a ripple effect on household incomes and food security as envisioned in the government’s Big Four Action Plan.”

Potential value chains in the county that will receive support will include poultry, sweet potatoes, dairy, horticulture, soya production among others.

Bungoma County Governor, Wycliffe Wangamati, said: “As a county we are excited to sign this MoU under the AgriBiz programme. The programme will help the county as well as the surrounding counties to strengthen the ability of community-based self-help groups, Agri SMEs as well as start- ups to improve their agricultural productivity, contribute to food security and nutrition as well as having better market linkages”.

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The AgriBiz programme will also create linkages to financial institutions to enable women and youth gain the much-needed capital to grow their enterprises.

To fill the capacity gap, the programme will also work hand in hand with training institutions including agricultural training centers (ATCs).

The AgriBiz Business Incubation Hub at Mabanga is expected to be operational by the end of November 2020.

More ore about the AgriBiz programme here: http://agribiz.kenyacic.org/

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