Kiambu County has partnered with Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) to set up business incubation hub under the agribiz program funded by the European Union and Denmark to boost its agribusiness sector.
Despite agriculture being the predominant economic activity in Kiambu county and contributing to 17.7 percent of its population income, smallholder farmers still lack access to improved inputs, mechanized farming equipment, technical skills, and markets.
Agribiz program is keen on addressing these capacity gaps by providing business advisory, access to market, facilities and technical support that will boost women and youth in agribusiness.
“Within 45 days, we should be able to come back and show case businesses that we have incubated as part of the launch. We also intend to launch start of service within a month or two where we should be able to provide funding’s to those eligible guided by our eligibility criteria.” Dr. Edward Mungai, CEO KCIC, said during the signing of the MoU.
Kiambu county is the third county among eight that have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at accelerating the engagement of women and youth in the agribusiness sector.
The County Government will also work with KCIC to promote agribusiness ventures through inclusive polices.
“This program brings hope to us the youth. It will complement our ongoing project with Waruhiu ATC where we are establishing an agribusiness field demonstration facility as we try to empower the youth into self-employment and food production.” Caroline Mwangi, youth ambassador Kiambu said.
The Business Incubation Hub will be operational before the end of November 2020 and will be based at Waruhiu ATC, in Githunguri Sub-county.
The AgriBiz Business Incubation Hub will also serve women and youth agri-preneurs from Nairobi, Murang’a, Nakuru and Nyandarua counties.