Youth to Youth Agribusiness-Entrepreneurial Development Program
• Assisting the unemployed youth to enter the agri-business sector;
• Developing entrepreneurial skills of youth in agri-business;
• Assisting youth to build up the required skills for entry into formal job market;
• Assisting participating youth to set up and develop their own agri-business enterprises.
Recent studies have shown that the agricultural sector is dominated by elderly people (over 50 years) and this undermines the future growth and development of this sector. Pulling in young population will ensure future sustainability of the industry hence increasing employment rate and income of the majority of the rural households. This will also ensure poverty alleviation in the majority of rural Kenyan.
Currently many youths lack the required skills to conduct a successful commercial farming venture. In most cases they also lack the required capital or collateral to qualify for loans to purchase farms or establish their own agribusiness. Even those in the fortunate position of being able to access all the requirements to venture into agribusiness lack support that they require to ensure the success of their farming or agribusiness ventures.
The intended approach is to develop and expose the participants in the necessary farm production, financial and marketing skills including value adding under practical conditions as part of mentor-ship under the guidance of successful commercial farmers, agricultural experts drawn from academic and private sectors.