Farm Africa’s Growing Futures project works to equip young people in Trans Nzoia county in western Kenya with the skills and knowledge to successfully set up agricultural enterprises. The project provides training and technical assistance in horticulture and agronomy. With successful farms these young people can become job creators rather than job seekers, and drive economic growth for Kenya as a whole.
The project builds upon Farm Africa’s history of economically empowering young farmers in western Kenya. Farm Africa’s Youth Empowerment in Sustainable Agriculture (YESA) project, which ran from 2011 to 2015, supported 2,300 young people to set up and run their own farms. Growing Futures looks to build upon the many successes of this project.
The project provides group training and technical assistance in horticulture and agronomy, helping groups to boost production and gain access to new markets. We’re doing this by:
We are helping to broker deals between these young farmers’ groups and the private sector. For example, we helped a farmers’ group who took part in the YESA project to sell their chillies to Mace Foods Ltd, attracting the attention of the local government, who went on to promote the crop. Another farming group has successfully set up a lucrative contract with VegPro, who export French beans around the world. These contracts have provided farmers with a larger and more reliable stream of income.
This project is funded by Aldi UK.