Cashew Program

Cashew Nut Tree Rehabilitation in Kilifi.

Funded by EU through KALRO.

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Green Growth/ Entrepreneurship

Agriculture is the mainstay of Kenya’s economy, employing more than 70% of people in rural areas and contributing 26% of the GDP. However, youth unemployment in the countryside, as well as in the cities, is growing. Some 30% of Kenyans between the age of 20 and 24 are currently out of work. Increasing youth employment in agriculture could do much to address this problem, and it is one of the main aims of CTA’s Youth Economic Empowerment through Agribusiness in Kenya’s (VijaBiz) project.

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In order to feed a rapidly growing population, global food production will need to increase by at least 60% by 2050. Undermining efforts to achieve that goal are shifting weather patterns, including rising temperatures, unpredictable precipitation, more severe and frequent extreme weather events and the loss of ecosystem services and biodiversity. To what extent can climate-smart agriculture offset these negative effects on prospects for food security?

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MyAnga app, a game changer for pastoralist climate resilience

The extreme weather events that result from climate change can be devastating and often exacerbate the already severe climate in arid and semi-arid parts of the world. Climate change is stretching the livelihoods of households in such areas to the limit, particularly those who wholly depend on livestock and livestock products. In this context, the government and development partners are regularly required to deliver relief food, but this is not a sustainable solution, especially with Africa’s increasing population.

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Coping with climate change in Southern Africa

By the time CTA’s regional flagship project for Southern Africa comes to an end in 2020, around 140,000 small-scale farmers in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi will have adopted a range of climate-smart strategies to help them cope with drought and erratic weather patterns. About 75,000 farmers are benefiting from the bundle of climate-smart agricultural solutions at the end of the first year of implementation.

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An increase in the frequency and severity of droughts, coupled with unpredictable weather patterns, is threatening the survival of some 20 million livestock keepers in Eastern Africa. Recent droughts have eroded pastoralists, adaptive capacity to such an extent that almost every one results in a humanitarian crisis. Traditionally, when there are serious droughts, governments and aid agencies move in with lots of resources,says Thomas Were, who manages CTA’s Climate, Livestock and Markets (CLI-MARK) project in northern Kenyan and southern Ethiopia.

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Rural youth agribusiness development through business mentorship

The Business mentorship aspect of Vijabiz project has changed many lives, advanced businesses which are today, homes to greater inventions, worthy successes and greater ideas….each passing day.

For individuals, through the knowledge and experiences of impactful mentors, they have leapfrogged the learning process. They have learnt to avoid making the same mistakes and are encouraged to take up even more responsibilities while aiming for higher!

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Youth Link Farmers to Markets in the Cereal value Chain…thanks to Vijabiz

Agrisolve and Henrok 6 Youth Groups:

  • These two youth groups, both involved in processing and selling cereal products, were struggling to source and process raw materials, but after acquiring new skills by attending entrepreneurial training and trade shows organised by Vijabiz, the groups have begun to focus on value addition of cereals to make flour and livestock feeds that are in constant demand in the market.
  • As a result, the groups have been able to produce a range of products such as Uji Star, Ugali Star, maize germ, wheat bran and dairy meal. Through contract farming and improved marketing, they are creating a trusting and rewarding relationship with both farmers and customers.

Youth groups meet Vijabiz

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‘Capacity building by Vijabiz was the silver bullet towards overcoming our challenges’-Creative Co-operative Society Youth group in Molo…

‘Capacity building is about learning, educating, strengthening and maintaining capabilities. Its about changing mindsets and attitudes; setting and achieving objectives. Most importantly is the essential ingredient that comes at the end of the learning  process-TRANSFORMATION!’

That is what happened to Creative Co-operative Society Youth group based in Molo. The group has demonstrated and proven why and how capacity building, mentorship sessions and learning journeys can lead to tangible results in terms of better and sustainable income.

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Vijabiz dairy value chain-KILIFI COUNTY

A market for Bamba’s dairy farmers in Kilifi county: Wazo Jema group’s success story: …

  • The Wazo Jema Youth Group started working in the dairy sector with the help of the Vijabiz project with the intention to make an income and to support local dairy farmers. They provide a market for these farmers to sell their milk, which they then process, test and sell.
  • Today, as part of its achievements, the group also trains farmers on crossbreeding, milk handling and finding markets for their milk. The success achieved by Wazo Jema serves as motivation and learning ground for other groups and youth in the Coast region.
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FISHERIES VALUE CHAIN: transforming young lives with aquaponics in Umoja, Nakuru County…

Supported by the Vijabiz project, ten young members of the Greenthumb Community Based Organisation in Nakuru County set up a valuable fish production and value addition enterprise. The group set up a fish pond and seven operational aquaponics stations where they process and sell the fish. Though smaller in size, the stations are almost four times as productive as traditional fish ponds.

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Vijabiz project changed the fortunes of Kibaokiche Group…and was a wake-up call for rural youth in Kaloleni sub-county…

The Kibaokiche Fish Farmers Youth Group, working in the Kaloleni sub-county in Kilifi county, has been farming fish since June 2018.Before joining the Vijabiz project,we lacked the skills and knowledge on fish farming practices needed to run a profitable business. We did not have specific know-how on fish varieties, feeding practices and pond management. We reared poor quality breeds of fish that took time to mature  – it could take up to one year, and the  fish would be irregular sizes-KIBAOKICHE FISH FARMERS YOUTH GROUP.

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Kilifi Mwelekeo Fisheries Group and Jiinue VI Smart (JIVIS) in Kilifi  County

These two youth groups are based in Kenya’s coastal Kilifi county. The groups and their members are located in Kibarani ward and Sokoni ward respectively, in Kilifi county. The groups have been in operation since August 2018 with a total combined membership of 35 youths (11 men and 24 women).They decided to venture into the fisheries business with the support of the Vijabiz project. They buy and sell fish, which they add value to by processing. While JIVIS only deals with fish and fish products, Kilifi Mwelekeo handles all types of seafood. Taking part in the Vijabiz project gave them exposure to financial institutions and improved their skills in online marketing. They plan to use this as a starting point to grow even more…

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How vijabiz ICT training boosted greenbelt youth group dairy business in Nakuru County.

IN March 2017, a group of 12 young people aged between 20 and 35 came together under a a shared vision:’Provide a collaborative platform, pull resources together to raise our economic status’

And with that resolution, the Greenbelt Youth Group was born, in Dundori division, Bahati sub county in Nakuru and so was their business of milk bulking and processing.

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INFORMATION Communication Technology (ICT) offers an abundance of benefits to users especially in soci economic aspects, yet much of this potential remains untapped particularly in the case of young men and women who play a fundamental role in agricultural production but also face a triple divide: digital, rural and gender.

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