On Friday 6th March 2020 Kuza was invited by the World Bank’s Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP), Nyandarua county to participate in the Inception meeting with other Disruptive Agriculture Technology (DAT) Innovators. This full-day meeting was held at the lake Ol Bolossat resort park lodge, Nyandarua county.
Kuza was represented by its Founder Sriram Bharatam, James Muia, Agribusiness co-ordinator, Nyandarua, and two Agri Entrepreneurs – Abraham Nganga and Stephen Kamau.
Dr. James Karitu, CECM Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries spoke about the importance of agriculture and its contribution to the county economy. He shared that, “Nyandarua contributes to 33% of Kenya’s potato production followed by Paes, Cabbage, Cut flowers and second highest producer of milk in the country. Lake Ol Bolossat is the second biggest lake supplying water to Nairobi, Nakuru, Naivasha has a forest cover of 20%, and receives high levels of rainfall from 700 to 1,500 mm.” Dr. James shared that while the county produces a lot of food, the productivity levels are very low, farmers make very little money and have high nutritional problems (30% stunting rate). He welcomed the innovators and shared the expectations of the county.
John Wachira, CPC of Nyandarua county presented an overview of the KCSAP program in Nyandarua county and the context of possible interventions the innovators from DAT can contribute to the Nyandarua 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 Agripreneurs Abraham and Stephen shared their respective stories of change.
Kuza team interacted closely with the KCSAP team, county officials from the ministry of agriculture, livestock and fisheries and other service providers 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 Nyandarua 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.