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 counties selected through active engagement in agribusiness for wealth creation and poverty reduction.
Launch of the Vijabiz project
The project is launched after winning a grant from IFAD. It is implemented and co-funded by CTA and USTADI Foundation.
The project has the following objectives:
- Build entrepreneurship capacity
- Create market linkages and added value for 100-150 rural youth groups (2,250 beneficiaries; 30% females) in cereals, dairy and fisheries value chains.
The objectives of the event organised by CTA and USTADI are to:
- Launch the Vijabiz project
- Discuss on how to strengthen partnership with counties and key national stakeholders for a successful project implementation.
Fifty participants, from private and public sectors participants involved in the three value chains of dairy, cereals and fisheries including service providers (ICTs, business development), are planned to attend from Nakuru, Nairobi and Kilifi counties.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.
USTADI Foundation is a registered Kenyan organisation. USTADI is Swahili word for ‘skilful’ and the brand name for the Local Capacity Development Facility in Kenya whose focus is on facilitation of Capacity Development Services (CDS) at the sub national level. The organisation was started by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), International Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (HIVOS), and twenty-one (21) other local institutions (referred to as the Consortium) involved in facilitating capacity development in Kenya to bring about a ‘coalition of change’ comprising partners from the private sector, civil society, government, commercial organisation, financial service providers and various interest group regarding capacity development.