The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.




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Vijabiz project mentors youth agribusiness groups in agri-enterprises in Kenya

One in four businesses generally fail before their second year, and half do not survive beyond the fifth year; a situation experienced by many youth-led agri-enterprises in Kenya. This is a concern in a country which has a very young population coupled with a high youth unemployment rate. Economically viable agribusinesses could help to address this challenge; thriving youth-led agribusinesses are vital for job creation, make agri-enterprises attractive to the youth and hence could contribute towards alleviating youth unemployment in Kenya.

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The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation’s (CTA) joint project with the USTADI Foundation – Youth Economic Empowerment through Agribusiness in Kenya (Vijabiz) – has selected 166 youth groups to receive capacity building and financial support. The membership of the selected youth groups total 2,373 young farmers, who will be the beneficiaries of the project being implemented in Kilifi and Nakuru counties in Kenya between 2018 and 2020.

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Framing youth in food systems: the ‘push-pull’ model

It is well-known that agriculture is a challenging sector to work in, and as a result, deters many young people from taking it over from their parents. However, many in the next generation are also recognising the opportunities; a rising middle class with more money and dietary preferences, closer ties between rural and urban areas through roads and transport, and the rise of new technology and digitisation – otherwise known as ‘the knowledge economy’.

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This working document present nine articles that discuss the issue of supporting the growth for young agripreneurs in Kenya, with recommendations for stakeholders. Its content goes beyond the VijaBiz project and includes analyses on other youth in agriculture initiatives organised in Kenya. The articles were written by independent authors who responded to a call for articles launched by the CTA and USTADI Vijabiz project. Some of the articles discuss independently VijaBiz project activities focusing on a county or on some groups.

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This study is produced in the framework of activities of the Vijabiz project implemented by CTA and Ustadi Foundation in Kenya. It aimed at establishing rural youth groups’ access and use of different ICT and social media in their agribusiness activities. The study also sought to assess the gaps and barriers affecting the use of ICTs by rural youth in Kenya and provide recommendations.

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Vijabiz – the Youth Economic Empowerment through Agribusiness project – has been implemented by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and USTADI, with main funding provided by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). This publication has been produced to promote the rural youth businesses involved, illustrate their experiences and discuss results, as well as to share knowledge acquired on rural youth project implementation.


  • Aug 14


    Vijabiz - Experience capitalisation workshop

    The process of experience capitalisation starts with a first workshop, in Nakuru, Kenya at the Merica Hotel and includes representatives of the organisations participating in the Vijabiz project. 

    Town East, Kenyatta Ave, Nakuru, Kenya

  • Aug 12


    Vijabiz project mid-term review and field visit to three youth groups beneficiaries

    Vijabiz is a 2-year project launched in August 2018, mainly funded by IFAD and co-funded by the implementing partners CTA and USTADI Foundation. The overall goal of the mid-term review workshop and field visits is to share and discuss results achieved during the first year of the project implementation and perspectives with partners, organisations and youths involved in the projects.

    Elgon Road Nairobi KE, Kenya

  • Aug 28


    Launch of the Vijabiz project

    CTA in partnership with USTADI will be launching the Youth Economic Empowerment through Agribusiness in Kenya (Vijabiz) project. The overreaching goal of the project is to create sustainable employment for the rural youth in the counti…
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • Aug 24


    Youth economic empowerment through agribusiness in Kenya (Vijabiz)

    This project aims to create sustainable employment for the rural youth through active engagement in agribusiness for wealth creation and poverty reduction. More specifically, it will build entrepreneurship capacity for about 150 youth agribusiness groups in cereal, dairy and fishery value chains in the Kili…
    Kilifi, Kenya