With Seed funding from BAYER Crops Science, through 4-H Foundation in Kenya, the AgriKUA project was officially launched in February 2018, to run a pilot in Kenya. This pilot phase began with a market assessment and mapping of stakeholders. Through 4-H Kenya, partnerships have already been forged with Universities, Kenyatta and Egerton and the Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP).
University students studying Agriculture, Food Systems, Natural Resource Management and Agribusiness (AgriKUA Ambassadors), will be trained and commissioned to participate in an assessment of gender gaps in local value-chains, through County ASDSPs. The Ambassadors will then return to their universities to design information packages customized for the local women farmers and value chain actors which is uploaded to the AgriKUA platform. The platform also provides opportunities for linkages, thematic areas for research, mentorship and employment opportunities for girls and women in the Food and Agricultural sector.
Ambassadors from Kenyatta University have already been selected and trained on December 1-5, 2018. The 4-H Positive Youth Development (PYD) Training addresses: Career Readiness; Agripreneurship Investigation; Financial Literacy; Community Engagement & Knowledge and Information Management using an Online Platform.