There was a time when farming was not attractive and fashionable. In fact, for majority of young people, farming was a reserve of the old generation. Things, however, have drastically taken a new turn and today the agricultural sector has become a money minting venture for many Kenyans. Today the nu…

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The last 50 years of this country’s independence have been a long and bumpy road for the agricultural sector. The normal business fluctuations have been experienced in the sector. But the troughs have been more prolonged than the crests. In recognition of the importance of capital in the sector, the government came up with many initiatives to avail finance to farmers. Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) and Agricultural Development Corporation, amongst others, were created.…

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“To make the agricultural sector viable and profitable we need to solve the three main problems of access to finance, markets and lack of information.” This is the verdict of Nat Robinson, the Chief Executive Officer of Juhudi Kilimo. Being a person whose first love is spending time with farmers and seeking to understand their needs, challenges and predicaments, Robinson has come to the conclusion that the dream of achieving food security in Kenya will remain elusive unless the country becomes proactive in addressing these problems. “Agriculture is a key sector in Kenya but farmers lack the necessary support,” he says.…

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The agricultural sector in Kenya is at a crossroads. Despite the government pumping substantial resources in the sector, particularly on the push from rain-fed to irrigation-driven agriculture, challenges like climate change, rising population, shrinking cultivatable land and rural urban migration are posing real threat to the country’s quest for food security. This reality is giving policy makers and agricultural experts sleepless nights in trying to develop strategies and interventions to counter food insecurity.…

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In agro-ecological terms, Kenya is a highly diverse country. Only about 20 per cent of the country’s landmass is classed as medium-high potential and this supports high population densities whilst the remainder is mainly arid or semi-arid and supports only a small proportion of the population. Reflecting the high degree of agro-ecological diversity within the country, Kenya prides of a vibrant agricultural sector that accounts for 65 per cent of national exports and 70 per cent of informal employment in rural Kenya and provides a livelihood to about 80 per cent of the population.…

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Fastest expanding microfinance bank, Rafiki Microfinance Bank, has set aside Kshs500 million to finance entrepreneurs in the agribusiness industry.…

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Following a series of public campaigns and forging partnerships with likeminded organizations such as the Kenya Red Cross Society and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) Amiran has succeeded in making the technology and knowledge available to millions of Kenyan youth and is clearly making headways in getting youths to take a closer look at agribusiness as an option.…

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As we begin, it is important for us to understand that there are dramatic changes taking place in food and agricultural systems globally. Particularly in developing countries, we are beginning to experience a transition associated with dependence on input markets and establishments of post-production enterprises. The role of the private sector is rapidly on the increase, and smallholder farming rapidly becoming commercialized.…

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There is a recurring debate over the impact of growing productivity and capabilities of agriculture in transforming our country’s economy without negatively affecting the environment. One of the proposed measures that can be practiced by both small and large-scale farmers is agribusiness, which was…

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The agricultural sector has been a key contributor to economic growth since independence. The sector accounts for a quarter of the gross domestic product (GDP). In 2012, the sector contributed 25.9 percent to the GDP though the input is only realized from a third of the total land in Kenya. The almost 26 percent GDP input is contributed under subsistence or traditional farming methods while large scale farming is practiced in selected areas in the country and by a few.…

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