Kenya opens $20.4m youth agribusiness programme

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Abuja – Kenyan Uhuru Kenyatta on launched a 2.2 billion shillings (20.4 . dollars) youth capacity-building initiative aimed at creating employment, generating income and bridging succession gap agribusiness.

Kenyatta said that Empowering Novel Agribusiness-led Employment (ENABLE ) programme seeks to build capacity of 10,000 young people involved agribusiness to enable them to create employment opportunities for 50,000 others.

ENABLE , funded by both and the African Development Bank (AfDB), would see 520 youth being trained June and would each receive financing of between 4,636 dollars and 13,910 dollars as start-up capital.

Kenyatta noted that to complement the pilot , parallel efforts are in place to transfer aquaculture and build the capacity of the youth in schools by establishing aquaponics in learning institutions, adding that already 40 schools spread out across the country have benefited from the initiative.

“Ultimately, these efforts will go a long way to transform negative perceptions on agribusiness and make more attractive to young people.”

He said alongside financing, the government had intensified capacity building for youth in agribusiness the Comprehensive Agricultural Development programme (CAADP).

According to him, in the last five years, CAADP has led to the development and approval of more than 45 competency-based education and curricula for agricultural middle-level colleges, on selected key value chains such as , horticulture, poultry, aquaculture and agri-preneurship.

Meanwhile, Kenyatta also launched the rebranded 4-K Clubs, an initiative that is aimed at changing the trend and positioning agribusiness as a feasible and decent career path, amongst the younger school-going populations.

He has also directed school heads to start purchasing from 4-K and young farmers’ clubs to encourage the participation of school children in agricultural activities. (xinhua/NAN)