Enterprise Development

INTRODUCTION

Through implementation of market-based approaches to farming, ICL aims to build the capacity of small holder farmers to commercialize agriculture and move away from subsistence production. This is in a bid to support farmers contribute to local economies as well as improve their own livelihoods.
Focus Areas:
  1. Demonstration farms for practical skills in production
  2. Entrepreneurship Skills Training
  3. Value Addition
  4. Adaptive & affordable crop storage facilities
  5. Farmers networks for cross learning and knowledge sharing
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Agriculture has been cited as having potential to create employment to the youth and women in the country. Kenya's macro economic framework Vision 2030 whose main thrust is to transform Kenya into a middle income country by the year 2030 positions the agricultural sector as a key driver for delivering the 10 per cent annual economic growth rate envisaged under the economic pillar of Vision 2030. A key thrust of the current agricultural development strategy is to increase productivity, commercialization and competitiveness of agricultural commodities and enterprises.
  1. 1,500 farmers trained on entrepreneurship in Laikipia county.
     
  2. 50 farmers supported in Commercial Sunflower in Dagara, Laikipia County using Conservation Agriculture.
     
  3. 50 farmers supported in Commercial Onion production in Mutara, Laikipia County.

Establishment of demonstration farms used as learning centers where farmers access practical training on farming.

Features

  1. Practical training on best farming practices and latest technologies such as drip irrigation and conservation Agriculture
  2. Experts in various value chains engaged to provide farmers with technical skills in production

Benefits

  1. Farmers Supported to develop farm production protocols
  2. Increased access to latest technologies in production e.g conservation agriculture, climate smart technologies that allow all year round production .e.g drip irrigation and green houses
  3. Increased access to extension services in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, marketers and suppliers of farm inputs (service providers)
  4. Increase technology uptake in agribusiness development
  5. Guaranteed all year round production hence consistency in supply to the market

Farmers equipped with business development skills to run and manage their farms as business enterprises.

Features:

  1. Farmers trained to change their mindset from subsistence farming to agribusiness.
  2. Training on business planning, record keeping /business records, risk management, debt management, customer care, sales and marketing skills among others.

Benefits

  1. Useful hands on skills in developing business and implementation of business plans
  2. Improved entrepreneurial skills to farmer

Involves processing farm goods to transform them into products of greater worth, with a longer shelf-life, that can earn producers additional income.

Features

  1. Value addition training
  2. Supporting Farmers in bulking, sorting & grading of farm produce
  3. Support farmers with equipments that enable them do value addition

Benefits

  1. Increased agricultural income from improved products
  2. Transformation of farmers from producers to processors

To Increase the Life Chances for Marginalized girls in Kenya

Introduction:

The Girls' Education Challenge (GEC) seeks to help up to 1 million of the world's poorest girls improve their lives through education. According to a baseline Survey conducted by ICL in three counties (Meru, Mombasa and Laikipia Counties) ,one of the main barrier to girls attending and completing a full cycle of education is inability for the parents to pay school fees on time. This because most of these parents live on less than a dollar a day and hence cannot afford to pay and keep the girl in School and hence one of the intervention is geared towards economically empowering the parents to begin and run profitable enterprises that generate adequate income that enable them to pay school fees for the girls.

Project Goal: 10, 170 marginalized girls in Kenya able to complete full cycle of education and demonstrate learning.

Overall Objective: To strengthen target communities to develop mechanisms that encourage girls to attend and stay in school

Specific Objective

  1. To equip parents with entrepreneurship skills
  2. To support parents to start and run successful business enterprises
  3. Link the parents to finances for startup capital and quality farming inputs
  4. Link the parents to markets for their produce

Achievements:

  1. 3,000 parents trained on economic empowerment. Several parents already recording improvements in payments of school fees due to increased business as a result of entrepreneurship skills training from the project.
  2. 300 households supported to develop Family development plans to increase their household income
  3. 50 parents established commercial sunflower production in Laikipia County
  4. Over 500 parents supported to start small business enterprises in Mombasa County

Scope:

  1. Mombasa County
  2. Laikipia County
  3. Meru County
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This project targets to Economically Empower the parents and students

Slogan: Increasing life opportunities for youth!