AgriFI

The problem

Most young people focus on white-collar jobs yet Kenya’s economy is not generating enough jobs. Of the 800,000 graduates every year, only 50,000 get professional jobs. This project will inspire more young people to venture into Agro ventures and enterprises development in the three counties of Lamu, Kwale and Kilifi.

Most schools have over 5 acres of idle land, which we target to put into viable commercial use.

What are we doing?

Funded European Union and Slovak Aid under AgriFi Challenge Fund, Sote Hub in partnership with Ten Senses Africa is supporting revival of Commercial Cashew nut farming in the counties of Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu.

The project objectives include:

  • Value chain inclusion of youth and younger generation into agriculture: Schools will establish farms and receive between 600- 1000 cashew seedlings opening up an alternative revenue stream to the schools. A total of 150,000 high quality grafted seedlings will be distributed to select TVETS, high schools and primary schools. The school’s program is mutually beneficial, providing the schools with alternative revenue sources, equipping students with practical agriculture skills, supporting the country’s greening agenda planting of additional 150,000 trees to help mitigate challenges of climate change adverse effects.

The Key activities will include

  • Selection of 150 beneficiaries’ schools and support to the students to form agro clubs (Averagely 70 students per school will participate in the club).
  • Distribution of grafted cashew seedlings and the training of 10,000 students into agro enterprise, agro innovation and cashew farming
  • Certification of schools as producers of Organic FairTrade cashew
  • Training of youth into increased access to food crops and dietary diversity.

2)  Enhancing processing capacity of Ten Senses, Increasing farmer income and the potential impact on poverty reduction

Key activities include:

  • Establish processing plant at Kilifi Export Processing Zone
  • Purchasing, aggregation, and transportation of nuts to processing facility

The schools will have a ready commercial buyer for their crops when ready for harvesting.

 

Who are we Working with?

The project is been Funded European Union and Slovak Aid, under AgriFi Challenge Fund and with Self-Help Africa as the Grant managers.