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Hunt for quality seeds gives birth to thriving agribusiness

Mrs. Njeru Mwihaki of Grace Rock Farms has only good things to say about her agribusiness venture. The startup which is based in Rironi, Limuru, Kiambu County and licensed by Agriculture Food Authority(AFA) specializes in producing quality seedlings of distinct vegetables, fruits and potatoes. Their main objective is to increase the volume and quality of organic seeds to improve agricultural production among small scale farmers. Recently crowned among the 200 beneficiaries of the agribusiness programme […]

Sunflower production empowering Machakos County

Community based organization, Leadership Training and Integrated Development (LITD), is keen on empowering Machakos County by creating job opportunities for the youth, a readily available market for farmers and also promoting a healthy lifestyle through sunflower production, processing and management.  Launched in 2011, the organization has recently shifted its focus from acting as donors towards the community and instead have introduced a sustainable project under their sunflower production through which both them and the community […]

A one-stop-poultry empire in the making

Andrew Amwayi, a trained trainer of trainees (T.O.T) in youth group dynamics and formation, is building a thriving poultry business in Bungoma County with the main objective of creating a business model that will improve household incomes and nutrition through the improvement of indigenous poultry production. Recently crowned among the 200 beneficiaries of the AgriBiz programme funded by Eu, Danida and implemented by Kenya Climate Innovation Centre(KCIC), his startup Andytech solutions deals with pure local […]

COVID-19 brings out the farmer in a field officer

Agricultural field officer Faith Nzivo, has learnt some hard lessons during the pandemic. From running a comfortable profession in Murang’a County, circumstances changed her perspective towards life and made her turn adversity into opportunity. Prior to COVID-19, I was working as an agricultural field officer for a private company in Murang’a. When COVID came, I was not very lucky and lost my job as the company could no longer sustain me. In addition, my work […]

Technologist training farmers how to value their farms

Evelyn Musenya, is still basking in the warmth of the latest feather in her cap. The food technologist was recently crowned among the 200 beneficiaries of the Agribusiness programme conducted by the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC). This was courtesy of her company – CAVACS International ltd – which is a consortium of consultancies adding value to various food chains. “I am very grateful to have qualified for this programme and happy to see that […]

Youth innovations are key to Africa’s development

Recent research shows that 33% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa comprises persons aged 10-24 years which

In good company: enterprise helping farmers grow money

Farming is where the money is. This may be hard to believe in a country where farmers are mostly old and poor. Research has shown that the average farmer is 60 years old and their average income is well below the poverty line. Farmers have always been at the mercy of Mother Nature, but climate change has made her an unpredictable partner. They have to contend with rain and floods, then drought, loans they can […]

One on one with the Kenyan farmer formulating organic feeds for livestock

A healthy food chain begins at the farm. Organic feeds provide all the nutritional value without all the harmful chemicals, hormones and fillers commonly found in non-organic feeds. Summeat Enterprises believes in developing and implementing modern formulated organic feeds in their feedlots to ensure that their produce has great quality meat that is tender and rich in all nutrients and taste for their consumer. We reached out to Faith Munini, the director at Summeat Enterprises, […]

Female farmer and beekeeper working hard to meet natural honey demand

Along the busy Mombasa Highway, nearly 30 minutes out of the Nairobi City, located on Slip Road behind Ramtons, stands one of the major players in the beekeeping industry in Kenya. Apiculture venture, a modestly sized apiary, is home to one innovative female beekeeper –Pauline Otila Kamwara. On a brisk day during the COVID-19, not long when the number of cases were over a thousand a day in Kenya, the apiary’s main building was still […]

The “mwalimu” of mango farmers in Makueni County

It is no secret that young people are apathetic to agriculture. Many simply do not see farming as a viable career or livelihood path. However, for Wambua Kioko, the story is different. While growing up in Imale, Makueni County, he was distressed to see mango farmers count losses and decided to do something about it. He witnessed this problem firsthand as a farmer and mango buyer in the local market. “The mango is native here. […]