EU Ambassador to Kenya Simon Mordue. The European Union (EU) has identified 200 women and youth businesses for funding.

The European Union (EU) through its Agribiz program has lined up 200 promising Kenyan women and youth led businesses for support in a project aimed at increasing smallholder production, improve food security and boost household incomes.

It is estimated that over the coming five years, the program will create 17,000 jobs in the agricultural sector.

AgriBiz will achieve this by funding 200 women and youth-led agribusinesses as part of the programme, and by reaching over 1.2 million smallholder beneficiaries over a period of five years at a cost of Ksh5.1 billion.

An additional Ksh17.1 billion in loans will also be leveraged from local financial institutions to support the enterprises.

Since Kenya is largely an agricultural country, investments in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the agribusiness sector will also help the economy to bounce back from COVID-19.

Agribusinesses selected for the programme will benefit from training, business advisory and financing to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and encourage appropriate agribusiness practices.

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The advice will be provided to all selected agribusinesses through business incubation hubs set up in eight counties which include Kilifi, Machakos, Kiambu, Meru, Isiolo, Kisii, Bungoma and Uasin Gishu.

Simon Mordue, EU Ambassador underscored that the huge interest in AgriBiz is an indicator that, contrary to popular opinion, women and youth are embracing agribusiness activities.

“The EU with Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) is providing the various forms of business support that they need. By bringing in young people and women into the sector, and in the process creating over 17 000 jobs across Kenya, we are helping to boost the sustainability of the Kenyan agricultural sector and to move it up the value chain,” said Mordue.

In the current selection round, KCIC meticulously selected 200 candidates from amongst the 2,400 applications received after a highly competitive evaluation process.  

The 200 candidates include early stage/start-up companies, SMEs, women and youth-led community based organisations, as well as Self Help Groups.

The applications from women and youth-led Agribusinesses that were selected were those that demonstrated the best scalability and potential for replication and growth of their product or service, and thus the biggest potential to increase incomes for value chain stakeholders.

“We are impressed that we have received an overwhelming response to the call from across the country, an indication there are so many agribusinesses out there seeking different forms of support to spur their growth,” said KCIC Chief Executive Officer Edward Mungai at the close of the evaluation exercise.

Other attributes that were considered for selection included; business model feasibility which shows a clear and compelling mission to grow a sustainable and commercially viable agribusiness enterprise; the potential to adopt and leverage smart approaches that drive the growth of the agribusiness; social impact which include the potential to create decent employment opportunities for youth and women; and market opportunity, including knowledge and understanding of the agricultural and livestock value chain, of customers’ needs, and competitors approaches.

Over a five-year period the Agribiz programme will overall support over 1600 enterprises to develop bankable business plans, 1200 enterprises to access financing from financial institutions and over 1500 women to access EU supported community level micro financial services.

The selected businesses are listed below

NoName of EntrepriseEarly stage/SME/CBOs
Naxveg Kukufresh LimitedSME
Primetime Agencies LimitedSME
Best Workforce Development Plan Kenya LtdSME
Firstlook EnterprisesSME
Pals Agriculture LimitedSME
T/A Lilian Wangari NgilaSME
T/A Sethpaul MwendaSME
Taitan FarmSME
Mitsa Elengos LtdSME
Shamolarics Greens and Fresh ProduceSME
Cibiya Farm Holdings LtdSME
Clarance EnterprisesSME
Deep Valley Frontiers LimitedSME
Vicknice Merchants LimitedSME
InsectiproSME
Zaccol LimitedSME
Farm Share Kenya LtdSME
Kalabashi Investments LtdSME
Eseriani FarmSME
Kieru LtdSME
Loftycraft Invesment Company LimitedSME
Merest FlowersSME
Grace Rock LimitedSME
Envisage LtdSME
Kimplanter Seedlings And Nurseries LtdSME
Gooseberry DelightSME
Kericho Eagles LimitedSME
T/A MercyNSME
Optimum Fruveg Ltd.SME
Freshplus LtdSME
Mbeenthei Fish FarmSME
Cherishfruit World LtdSME
Utake Coffee LimitedSME
Harvillarrrh Covey LimitedSME
Freshvot LimitedSME
Jani Exports LimitedSME
Perennial BeekeepersSME
Afya Foods Ea LtdSME
Sunberry Farms LimitedSME
Wefahson LimitedSME
Sky Reign LtdSME
Highbreed ChicksSME
Blue Savy EnterpricesSME
Fenesi Foods LtdSME
Ess. & Paul InvestmentsSME
Nuts And Oils InternationalSME
Safelink Technologies LtdSME
Summeat EnterpriseSME
Kel Feeds Enterprises LimitedSME
Sorgum Pioneer AgenciesSME
Andytech SolutionsSME
Bona Holdings LimitedSME
Tala Iconic Business WorldSME
Iagribiz AfricaSME
Vuka Mama ProjectSME
Premier Harvest EnterprisesSME
Nainchu Farms LimitedSME
Rachael KingoriSME
Sylvia’S BasketSME
Lactolife Dairy LtdSME
Alliance Ultimate EnterprisesSME
Agribusiness Solutions LtdSME
Space AgritechSME
Kiburu Greens FarmSME
Ifarmkonnect LimitedSME
Hasanat Ventures LimitedSME
Jancota LimitedSME
Patvention EnterpriseSME
Bulk Resources LimitedSME
Elite Posho MillSME
Girays FoodsSME
Irri-Hub KeSME
Spring Harvest LimitedSME
Cavacs International LtdSME
Eco Sprew – KenyaSME
Grun Africa LimitedSME
Zactina LimitedSME
Apiculture Venture LimitedSME
Farmula LimitedSME
Seton EnterprisesSME
Agri-HydraulicsEarly Stage
Fauwa EnterpriseEarly Stage
Sarah Achieng OchiengEarly Stage
Sammy Mutinda MuindeEarly Stage
New Che Mathare FarmEarly Stage
Solana EnterprisesEarly Stage
Simon NjugunaEarly Stage
Berndi Sweet HiveEarly Stage
Kabete VegrowEarly Stage
Rio Agri Farm LimitedEarly Stage
Divas LifestyleEarly Stage
Fereen Chicken FarmEarly Stage
Linda FarmEarly Stage
Lopur Integrated FarmEarly Stage
Elias Njogu MainaEarly Stage
Smart Gardeners -HosaEarly Stage
Pemoska Engineering WorksEarly Stage
Felicity MwendwaEarly Stage
Matuu ProjectEarly Stage
Tbisha Poultry FarmingEarly Stage
Kennyvale EnterprisesEarly Stage
Mimea Farm Produce LtdEarly Stage
Medicinal GardensEarly Stage
Spectrum Group MovementEarly Stage
Njenga Pyrethrum FarmEarly Stage
Lolmy’S AgrovetEarly Stage
M’Awa Gold Hive ProductsEarly Stage
Masii Horticultural Farmers Coperative SocietyEarly Stage
Planet And PeopleEarly Stage
Honey ZestEarly Stage
Danest Realm General SuppliesEarly Stage
Dess BiosEarly Stage
Navinga Agri-EnterpriseEarly Stage
Precy Women GroupEarly Stage
Monica Njambi KamitiEarly Stage
AfridelicsEarly Stage
Triple L Premium Feeds LtdEarly Stage
Twinz Caterers Events And General Supplie LtdEarly Stage
Dimac DairyEarly Stage
Dipsea Care NaturalsEarly Stage
Sanjawa Genesis FarmsEarly Stage
Okoa FoodEarly Stage
Kropert LimitedEarly Stage
Jamuh LtdEarly Stage
Nyouya Agri-SolutionsEarly Stage
There For You EnterprisesEarly Stage
Kezia KimeuEarly Stage
Everlyne Wambui GithinjiEarly Stage
SolakilimoEarly Stage
Peter Mwendwa NdoloEarly Stage
Denis Omondi OgolaEarly Stage
Elikia Food ProcessorsEarly Stage
Natilogo Enterprises LtdEarly Stage
Hydro Victoria Fish Hatchery FarmEarly Stage
AgriprideEarly Stage
Youth In Business AfricaEarly Stage
Esther NyakiriEarly Stage
Gikabu MillersEarly Stage
City Yard Farming Solutions LimitedEarly Stage
Garden Fesh OrganicsEarly Stage
Caterina FarmEarly Stage
Baringo Renewable Energy Centre-Brec KenyaEarly Stage
Blue Firms Investments LimitedEarly Stage
Kipini LimitedEarly Stage
Magic HoneyEarly Stage
Rads EnterprisesEarly Stage
Viakwetu LimitedEarly Stage
Rewix Agr0DealersEarly Stage
Oxygen ParkEarly Stage
Miriton Ltd Com.Early Stage
Karyos KitchenEarly Stage
Amber Green FarmEarly Stage
Golden Cow Dairy HubEarly Stage
Green GrowersEarly Stage
The Farm GangEarly Stage
Econagric SolutionsEarly Stage
Rafikipay LtdEarly Stage
Topchoice LtdEarly Stage
Green Wells Organics Registered Under Treasure WellsEarly Stage
Fred OmondiEarly Stage
Kisumu Airport And Lakefront Neigbours AllianceCBO/SHG
Itambya Group Muthesya Women GroupCBO/SHG
Natural Fiber HubCBO/SHG
Eaglesight Youth GroupCBO/SHG
Piktuk Sacco LtdCBO/SHG
Muchui Women GroupCBO/SHG
Mondo Emwandu Youth GroupCBO/SHG
Kaminji Progressive Youth GroupCBO/SHG
DreamsvilleCBO/SHG
Kathera Women In Coffee CboCBO/SHG
Speak-ProjectCBO/SHG
Ushindi Poultry And Marketing Cooperative Society LimitedCBO/SHG
Tag DairyCBO/SHG
Meru Young Great VisionersCBO/SHG
CBO/SHG
Shirembe Tuinuke Community Based OrganizationCBO/SHG
Potus Self Help GroupCBO/SHG
Faith And Vision Young Parents Self Help GroupCBO/SHG
Pama Traditional Vegetable FarmCBO/SHG
Nyambene Arimi Dairy Cooperative Society LtdCBO/SHG
Masanga Youth Processing CenterCBO/SHG
Shammah Rown Group LtdCBO/SHG
Mwanzo Mpya Joint Self Help GroupCBO/SHG
Mushroom Farmers Self Help GroupCBO/SHG
Wildwood HorticultureCBO/SHG
Alliance Of Women In CoffeeCBO/SHG
Leadership Training And Integrated DevelopmentCBO/SHG
Shatieta Self Help GroupCBO/SHG
Tareen Initiative CboCBO/SHG
Didkuro Bee Keepers Self Help GroupCBO/SHG
Kiria-Ini Cabbages And Potatoes Traders Self-Help GroupCBO/SHG
Giakaibii Organic Farmers Self Help GroupCBO/SHG
Karimba Mwangaza Community Based OrganizationCBO/SHG
Makueni Sisal Weavers CboCBO/SHG
Courage CboCBO/SHG
Focus Wise Shg ( Focus On Cassava)CBO/SHG
Wamunyu Grain Agrigation CentreCBO/SHG
Mutula CboCBO/SHG
Mkulima Youth GroupCBO/SHG
Oltili Lewangan Dairy Women GroupCBO/SHG

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