AgENT

Agricultural Entrepreneurial Training for Young Community Leaders in Kenya – AgENT

Project Description

Title

Agricultural Entrepreneurial Training for Young Community Leaders in Kenya

Acronym

AgENT

Goals

The AgENT Project offers skills development and intensive coaching for young community leaders intending to promote and develop agricultural ideas and growth of innovative agribusiness enterprises in Kenya.

Region

Nyanza and Rift Valley Regions of Kenya

Duration

cca. 12 months

Partners

Discovery R&D Center (DRDC) consortium leader
Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF)
Life Dance International (LDI)

Project Summary

Agriculture is a dominant economic activity in the developing country of Kenya. Rural economy and the ever growing population highly depend on agricultural activities and farm production. Despite this significance of the economy, farming is still less preferable amongst Kenyan youth.
Discovery R&D Center’s  Agricultural Entrepreneurial Training (AgENT) for Young Community Leaders in Kenya project offers intensive coaching for young community leaders willing to promote and develop agro-entrepreneurial ideas and growth of innovative agribusiness enterprises in Kenya.

Discovery R&D Center’s collaboration partners are Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF) and Life Dace International (LDI). The organizations enable us to locally promote the opportunity and KENAFF also provides the room for the training. According to our plans, four agriculture researcher of Discovery R&D and six Kenya based experts will contribute during the training in order to adapt the introduced technologies to local circumstances. The consortium will work out detailed study materials for the young community leaders, which will be shared during the skills development part of the AgENT project.

Ideally, after the training, these community leaders may become the agents of a new, market-oriented practice, mediating innovative agribusiness strategies and generating competitive products throughout the whole value chain. After the specialized coaching, these agents will be capable to reach an estimated 500 basis of young agro-entrepreneurs and help them launching their own agricultural businesses by helping them with the preparation of business plans, fundraising, using ICT tools, creating marketing plans and connecting the peri-urban areas.

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