Kuza Biashara signed a two year MOU with 5 Kenyan County Governments: Kirinyaga, Nakuru, Narok, Nyandarua, and Tharaka Nithi on 09 Dec 2019 to deploy, Kuza One, a Digital Agtech solution as part of the implementation of the one million farmers’ platform officially launched the same day. The One Million Farmers Platform is an initiative of the World Bank Group and other partners to ensure small-scale farmers can utilize digital solutions to increase their productivity, profitability and resilience, commissioned in Nairobi in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF) and the Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility.
Speaking on the occasion, the Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui Kinyanjui noted that the partners would go a long way in supporting small-scale farmers in the county by offering digital platforms that will link them up with other partners in the agriculture chain. The Governor said that the county was committed to ensuring it provides full support towards farmer mobilization, training and subsidizing operational expenses where applicable.
“We shall work together towards the implementation of the One Million Farmers Platform that will support small-scale farmers at the county level,” Governor Kinyanjui said.
The counties would leverage the resources available under the World Bank projects, National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) and Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) and other county resources towards investments that will benefit smallholder farmers.
The launch was a follow up to the “Scaling up Disruptive Digital Technologies in Kenya Agriculture” event that was held in April 2019 and culminated in the identification of the most promising digital technology innovators in agriculture in Kenya who were then awarded membership to the One Million Farmers’ Platform.
As a cohort member of the Kenya 1million farmers’ platform, Kuza is working with five counties: Nakuru, Nyandarua, Tharaka Nithi, Kirinyaga, and Narok. Kuza is setting up a cohort of 100 village-based agents.