The East African newspaper article
The East African newspaper carried out a special report on Agriculture and Food Security in Africa. Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine is featured in the report, standing out as an innovation engine that partners with entrepreneurs offering unprecedented opportunities for innovators in agriculture and nutrition, to address fundamental needs in Kenya by proactively testing, incubating and scaling up their ideas.
KENDAT is among the 16 emerging innovation engines that have received funding and technical assistance to test their mechanization hubs. These hubs aim at boosting youth attractive commercial ventures and this is done through increasing the operational farm power available at farm level.
The KENDAT hub is located at Mwireri, in Nanyuki – Laikipia County. Some of it’s objectives include:
- To offer a one-stop-shop mechanization hub entry point to the broader agronomic and other technology transfer value chains, offer appropriate and accessible mechanization, backed by requisite support services. The hub set-up is one that seeks to address other farmer needs at the crop-livestock interface, like water, agronomic support (inputs and their proper use), research information, market information and also finance.
- To offer a platform where trust in business relations can be built so as to attract women and youth into agriculture while lowering the cost of business transactions between smallholders and their business supporters. This women and youth attractive agriculture is supportive of modern, non-drudgerous farming; it offers rapid mechanization experience in both employment and business management.
- To build build links via business clusters to attract critical partners to the scheme.
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