On Wednesday 4th March 2020 Kuza was invited by the World Bank’s National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP), Nakuru County, Kenya to participate in the Inception meeting with other Disruptive Agriculture Technology (DAT) Innovators. This full-day meeting was held at the Agriculture Training College (ATC), Nakuru.
Kuza was represented by its Founder Sriram Bharatam, Alex Ngetich, Agribusiness co-ordinator, Nakuru and Lenah Mwangi, Agri Entrepreneur. The CPC of NARIGP presented insights on Nakuru county and its priority value chains, opportunities, and challenges.
Kuza team presented the Agripreneur program and how Kuza in collaboration with its partners, CGA and FtMA is working towards identifying the local youth from Nakuru county and providing them the required Agribusiness skills, mentorship, and digital tool kits to be able to work closely with a cohort of 100 to 200 smallholder farmers from within their community. Alex highlighted the selection process of the Agripreneurs and the various opportunities that are provided to the Agripreneurs. Lenah passionately presented her story as to how she left a job in Nairobi and moved back to Nakuru and started supporting her mother on her farm and understood the nuances of farming and has set up her own agribusiness and has employed four local youth in her business.
Kuza team interacted closely with the Community Driven Development Committee leaders (from wards), NARIGP team and county officials from the ministry of agriculture, livestock and fisheries 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 Nakuru and setting them up as Agripreneurs and working with them over the course of the next 12 months in setting up a sustainable business for them working with about 1,000 to 2,000 smallholder farmers across four value chains.