GROWING OPPORTUNITIES. GROWING INCOMES. GROWING FUTURES.
IN 2016, NEARLY 80% OF KENYANS WERE LESS THAN 35 YEARS OLD; AND NEARLY ONE IN FIVE YOUNG PEOPLE OF WORKING AGE WERE JOBLESS. IN A COUNTRY WHERE AGRICULTURE IS KEY TO THE ECONOMY, CONTRIBUTING 26% OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, PROVIDING 65% OF THE EXPORT EARNINGS, AND EMPLOYING MORE THAN 70% OF RURAL PEOPLE, FARMING SHOULD BE OFFERING A SOLUTION TO YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT.
To combat unemployment and help grow a brighter future for Kenya’s next generation, this project equips young adults in western Kenya with the skills and knowledge to successfully set up profitable agricultural enterprises. With limited access to land, equipment and transport, the odds are stacked against young farmers’ chance of success. The Growing Futures projects helps address these issues by:
• Providing young farmers with face-to-face training on
established demonstration plots to increase their harvests.
• Helping them grow high-value vegetables such as French beans, mangetouts, chillies and cabbages.
• Working with banks so that farmers’ groups can access the
finance they need to invest in equipment for their farms.
• Improving crop quality to meet the requirements of export markets.
The project is also helping the farmers to gain Global GAP certification, which they need to be able to export their vegetables. Export markets tend to be more lucrative than the domestic market, so this is a crucial step in helping boost farmers’ incomes and increasing their purchasing power so they are able to afford to buy a wider range of foods for their families, as well as pay for essential costs like schooling and clothing.