By Isabella Maua.
KCB Group has partnered with African Green Revolution Forum to boost the agricultural sector by empowering agronomists, small scale farmers and youths in the sector.
Agriculture adds up to about 75% economical dependence in the country and but lack of embracing modern technology has made it unattractive to the youths who would have otherwise wish to venture into agri-entrepreneurship.
Speaking during the handing over of the Ksh.10 Million cheque, Dr.Agnes Kalibata who is the president of AGRF said that they are passionate about this programme and they are ready to boost the agricultural sector and empower more youths and women in the sector.
“We have so far created employment opportunities for 13,000 youths across 22 counties and we are ready within the help of any interested partners to do more in the shortest period possible,” revealed Dr.Kalibata.
She on the other hand appreciated KCG Group for supporting their idea and implementing it by showing their financial support which is key.
“Financial institutions are key in mobilizing private financing necessary for a sustainable agriculture transformation .We are delighted to receive this support from the KCB Group to organize AGRF which is Africa’s premier agriculture platform where private sector and public partners will meet to prioritize investment in the agricultural sector for inclusive growth and development,”said Dr.Kalibata.
Mrs.Annastacia Kimtai,KCB Bank Kenya Retail Director said that their main focus is to elevate small scale farmers and subsistence farmers to cash farmers since Africa can no longer afford to be ahungry continent with all the resources and technology it has.
“KCB Group and AGRF share common goals and values such as the vision of advancing African agriculture to as a desirable level especially within the next decade in order to achieve 100% food security and sustainability which is part of the Sustainable Development Goals to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture,” reiterated Kimtai.
KCB and AGRA have in the last few months been engaged in a US$ 319,000 partnership whose aim was to prove the concept of mobile based agriculture financial solutions through MobiGro.The inclusion of MasterCard Foundation into the program will help upscale the solution to farmers across Kenya and Rwanda.