On Monday 9th March, 2020 Kuza was invited by the World Bank’s National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP), Kirinyaga County, Kenya, to participate in the Inception meeting with other Disruptive Agriculture Technology (DAT) Innovators. This full day meeting was held at the CECs office, County headquarters, Kutus.
Kuza was represented by its Founder Sriram Bharatam and Project Co-ordinator, Julius Murega.
Catherine Gituro, M&E office and Digital champion of Kirinyaga county presented an overview of the NARIGP program in Kirinyaga county and set the context of possible interventions the innovators from DAT can contribute in Kirinyaga county.
Kuza team presented its digital solution and the contributions Kuza would be making to the county in terms of identifying local youth and building their capacities as Agribusiness owners by powering them the Digital Extension toolkit powered by Kuza GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) content in HD video format and delivered via its Ruka devices – even in the remote parts of the county. Kuza in collaboration with the World Bank team hosted an Human centric design (HCD) workshop with all the ecosystem partners from the county in mid 2019.
Kuza team interacted with the NARIGP team, county officials from the ministry of agriculture, livestock and fisheries and other experts and agreed on the proposed strategy and the way forward.
Kuza is committed to identifying a cohort of rural youth from at least 10 wards of Kirinyaga and setting up sustainable agribusinesses for them. As Agripreneurs they would work with a cohort of 1,000 to 2,000 smallholder farmers across four value chains. Kuza is also working with Nakuru, Narok, Nyandarua, and Tharaka Nithi counties.