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Resource centre for small holder vegetable farmers

Our vision is to provide small-scale vegetable farmers in Gilgil, Kenya with credible pre-planting information through a physical centre.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Our idea is to organize vegetable farmers into a co-operative that will provide a much needed link between successful farmers and small-scale farmers who want to acquire reliable pre-planting information on vegetables to increase their income hence improving their livelihoods. Farmers will contact us through SMS, a website, an app or a physical visit.
The cooperative aims to;
1. Link small-scale farmers with successful farmers who are conducting the same agricultural activities for, farm demos, exposure visits, training, and mentor-ship opportunities.
2. Efficiently connect and follow up with Extension/Agricultural Officers and other specialists
3. Organize international and local farm visits for both farmer types.
4. Provide a credible catalogue of pre-planting information available to both farmer types
5. Create a contact directory of all the farmers and specialists within the county
6. Create partnerships with players in the export/import and financing industries to benefit the farmers.
To encourage small-scale and successful farmers to join the cooperative, we plan to conduct various mobilization campaigns within the constituency. During the mobilization, we shall perform a simple needs analysis for each farmer while collecting the farmers' information to create the contact directory.
Content contained within the resource center’s catalogue will be informed by the crops grown by the farmers, the needs analysis and surveys conducted on the successful farmers.

WHO BENEFITS?

Our beneficiaries will be vegetable farmers who are members of our cooperative. These farmers who will include both small-scale and successful farmers will get quick access to reliable and verified information through practical experience hence reducing farming losses which are rampant for uninformed or ill-informed vegetable farmers. Through the farmers we will improve their families' standards of living especially their access to health and education; a challenge for most homes in the area.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

Yes it is. The first resource centre will be established in Gilgil Constituency in Nakuru County, Kenya before we create other branches within the region.

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • Yes

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!

We are part of a group comprising of DOT Kenya, Ycenter and VACID Africa working to bring innovation to agriculture through youth participation in Kenya through the Impactathon School of Agriculture.

IS THIS IDEA NEW FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

This idea is new to our organization since we haven't dealt with agriculture directly, although being located in an area where agriculture is a common business, various members of the team have been involved in the activity.
We currently work with college and university educated youth to train other youth and women in local communities by providing training and skills in ICT and business skills. Our training encourages participants to identify and begin social enterprises in their communities or enable them to become suitable candidates for employment. Since establishing the organization, 70% our participants and trainers have gone on to pursue further education, employment or begin businesses including agribusinesses.
As part of our impact tracking, we continuously follow up with our former participants and trainers and have noted the challenges of information to be prevalent among those who venture into agribusiness hence the growth of our idea.

HOW IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?

It is unique in the Kenyan context because it will be the first of its kind offering a one stop information center for small-scale farmers to access pre-planting information.
Although we are quickly moving to a technology-focused society we seem to have forgotten that not everyone is digital. Hence, the resource center will provide the option of linking farmers to information, Extension/Agricultural Officers and other specialists with an option of the farmer making a physical visit to the center with a follow up physical visit being offered from the resource center staff or the specialist.
The resource center will also act as a physical and digital store with farmers’ and specialist directory, specialized pre-planting information for the various vegetable species and will later provide access to subsidized farm inputs.
Our unique advantage involves focusing on a specific constituency whose population is largely composed of small-scale farmers from which we will gain tips that we can replicate in other areas.
Our idea involves putting vegetables farmers into a cooperative that will provide an extract point for pre-planting information to benefit small-scale farmers.

WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA?

The Vegetable Resource Center (VRC) team will be the lead implementer for this project. The team will work closely with DOT Kenya, Ycenter and VACID Africa, in conjunction with our partner organizations in Nakuru County. DOT Kenya and grass-root partners based in Gilgil, Nakuru County will offer technical implementation expertise. VACID Africa will provide expertise on value addition components and cooperative formation, while Ycenter will offer technical expertise on social entrepreneurship.

HOW HAS YOUR IDEA CHANGED BECAUSE OF BENEFICIARY FEEDBACK?

Our beneficiaries have confirmed the need for pre-planting information through practical experience. In addition, they have provided ideas for up-scaling activities to complete the agribusiness cycle. These activities include selling subsidies inputs and linking farmers to the markets.
Further to this, our beneficiary feedback tied the different stages in the pre-planting cycle as:
1.Finance: It is difficult for a small-scale farmer to get and manage finances even where there are rural credit facilities available due to lack of information;2.Farm Inputs: Such as agricultural chemicals may not be available in the area because of insufficient aggregated demand which the producer organization should be able to supply. Equally, the volume discounts are not available to the individual small‐scale farmer
3.Market strength: the small‐scale farmer is unlikely to have any influence in the market not only because of size but also because there are likely to be intermediaries; 4.Indirect marketing reduces the flow of market information back to the farmer; 5.Inadequate focused research targeted at the knowledge gaps which currently impede implementation of sustainable agriculture

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS IDEA?

Will providing pre-planting information through practical experiences directly improve other aspects of agribusiness such as storage and access to markets?
Will the created farmers links lead to collective bargaining for improved price of farm produce and eliminate the brokers?
Will the idea increase social cohesion and integration, and reduce the social classes gaps or will lack of such social aspects affect the success of the project?
How efficient will be working with partners to complete the agribusiness cycle such as access to farm inputs, harvesting and storage, and marketing since our idea only focus on information at pre-planting stage?

WHY DO YOU THINK THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HASN'T BEEN SOLVED YET?

Although there are successful vegetables farmers in the piloting area (Gilgil Constituency) to emulate, small-scale farmers often produce the poorest quality of vegetables and quite often record losses. Members of our team have interacted with young farmers in the region where common concerns were;
1. Could your team (vegetable resource center) help us (small scale farmers) access farm demos, exposure visits and training on the best vegetable farming practices?
2. Could your team introduce us to successful farmers for vegetable farming information?
3. Could your team compile informational materials for us since there is no such services here?
4. Can your team help us form farmers groups?

WHAT WOULD YOU ULTIMATELY LIKE TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS IDEA? WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP TO GET THERE?

Our idea aims to have small-scale vegetable farmers improve their livelihoods due to the increased vegetable yields as informed by the practical experience. To get there, we need to profile the successful vegetable farmers in the region and come up with a directory, bring them together in a cooperative, and organize farm demos, exposure visits and training for small-scale farmers through the successful farmers. We will also work with partners for farm inputs (to own one later) and market access.

MEMBERS OF MY TEAM HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR:

  • More than a year

MY INTENDED BENEFICIARIES ARE:

  • Within 50 km of where our team does most of its work

MY ORGANIZATION'S OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2015 WAS:

  • We didn't have an operating budget

Our solution will focus around a resource centre which will be the link between the small-scale vegetable farmers and the farming communities which comprise successful farmers and Extension/Agricultural Officers. The resource centre will also act as a store for pre-planting information and farmers’ directory. The successful farmers will be organized into a cooperative which will allow them to access subsidized farm inputs from the resource center in return for pre-planting information for the small scale farmers. The farmers within the cooperative will have access to international and local farm visits which they can attend or host. The objectives are of the idea is to;

  • To link 200,000 small scale farmers to farming communities by 2021
  • To transfer pre-planting knowledge, through farm demos, exposure visits and training from successful farmers/agricultural extension officers to small scale farmers
  • To organize successful farmers into a cooperative for easy access to farm inputs, storage and markets.
  • To cultivate a spirit of information sharing within farming communities and small scale farmers

We define small-scale farmers as those who practice subsistence farming, own below 5 acres and produce vegetables in small quantities. These farmers often lack diversity in their agricultural activities, have low financing and are considered part of the informal economy. They are most vulnerable in the supply chain, have limited records such as title deeds or records for their produce and might not own or control the farm. Our focus will be on providing pre-planting information to small-scale vegetable farmers who fit majority of the characteristics mentioned above. The information will be generated from successful farmers who have characteristics contrary to those of the small-scale farmers mentioned above.

The Vegetable Resource Centre will also work towards reducing the employment rates by encouraging the youth to use ancestral farmland to earn an income. According to a 2014 assessment of Kenya's employment rates by USAID, the workforce in Kenya is significantly high in the informal sector in contrast, only 1.3 million people are engaged in modern formal employment. This figure is against more than 12 million people in the informal sector including 6.5 million smallholder farmers, 2.7 million people in self-employment, and 3.1 million people in informal wage employment. It is evident therefore that a majority of the Kenyan workforce are small-scale farmers. Thus, this project is deliberate in supporting such farmers and brings the ‘decency’ in the informal sector.

According to Cuts-International’s, KAPMAD Project, small scale farmers provide over 70% of agricultural produce and 50% of market produce, which meets about 75% of Kenya’s national demand. The produce is often in the context of subsistence farming. Poverty has been evidenced to overlap with small-scale farming hence promoting the notion that small-scale farming is unrewarding, inefficient, outdated and uncompetitive in both local and international markets. Research done by Serah Odini regarding small-scale farmers in Vihiga County found that there is inadequate information infrastructure and few information centres within the county which is the same case around the entire country. She also found that the lack of information on water harvesting, seed and soil quality, farm inputs and other conservation methods leads to losses for the small-scale farmers. Our solution to this problem is linking small-scale farmers with successful farmers since the latter already have the knowledge of how small-scale farmers can overcome challenges in their agricultural activities such as access to financing, application of new technologies and application of more efficient farming methods.

We as Vegetable Resource Center aim to design a solution that will help farming communities to share pre-planting knowledge through practical experience with small-scale farmers. Our solutions will focus on providing the following services; local and international tours, linking the small-holder farmer with an Agricultural/Extension Officer, linking small-scale farmers with successful farmers’ information source and providing access to farm inputs.

We believe that joining hands with social entrepreneurs, NGOs, private sector and government will provide a clear solution that will help small-scale farmers to upscale their households and increase market index.

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Hi! The Amplify team and our experts have some feedback for you:

I'm curious - are the people from their current programs are interested in agricultural extension information? Your beneficiary feedback seems to suggest that you now want to cover 'everything' - is that true? What makes them think a center is an effective way for farmers to get information like this? Is DOT (the key implementer) in Nakuru or elsewhere?

The idea of building a community resource center seems to be commonplace in many communities. What makes this idea unique?

Looking forward to learning more! 

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Dear Chioma,

First is to thank you for the feedback. Secondly, we would like to comment about the same;
1. The idea to link small-scale farmers to farming communities (successful farmers and agricultural extension officers) is based on the findings recorded during the implementation of the DOT Kenya Livelihood project in the region. Young farmers (part of DOT Kenya beneficiaries) expressed their needs to access practical knowledge on vegetable farming. They mentioned farm demos, exposure visits and training that would address their knowledge gap. As such, this idea was incubated allowing time to design a solution that would meet the agribusiness goals of these youths.
2. As you mentioned, the beneficiary feedback suggested the need to complete the agribusiness cycle. This is something we have sat as a team to discuss. A unanimous decision was reached and the team decided to directly address the pre-planting informational needs of small-scale farmers, which will be the major focus. To directly address 'everything' (other aspects of agribusiness) will be an uphill task to achieve. On that note, the team decided to work with partners who are directly addressing other parts of the cycle, but on case-by-case and on need basis. For markets, we decided to engage M-Farm (https://www.mfarm.co.ke/) and Soko Freshi (http://www.sokofreshi.co.ke/) mobile platforms to link farmers to markets. On farm inputs, this is our up-scaling plan to equip the resource centers with farm inputs outlets. Initially, we will work with available farm inputs joints in the region. For Finance, we will engage micro-financiers for soft-loans and other farmers funding plans.
3. Small-scale farmers are not organized in the region and there exist no formal structures. As such, they feel they wouldn't achieve much if they individually try to address their farming needs, as is the case currently. Their request to be supported to form farmers group and to be linked to vegetable information bred the idea to come up with a support focal point, which is currently the vegetables resource center.
4. DOT Kenya is a youth focused organization very active in 21 counties of Kenya including Nakuru see https://kenya.dotrust.org/wherewework . The vegetable resource center team is an excerpt of DOT Kenya having engaged VACID Africa http://www.vacidafrica.or.ke/ and Y-Center http://y-center.org/
5. The vegetable resource center (VRC) integrates several aspects. This include a farmers cooperative, and agricultural extension workers. We must say that VRC is not the reserve of the information as is the case with many community resource centers. Rather, we are just a link to information. That is, bringing a practicing successful farmer and small scale farmer together; the successful farmer will provide farm demos, exposure visit and training to the small-scale farmer, as opposed to VRC team providing the same. That brings the element of community participation and involvement. That way, sustainability is assured. We are unique!

Thank you and we hope to get more expert feedback to improve the idea. Our hearts are for the success of this project and improving the livelihoods of small scale farmers.

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Hi Vegetable Resource Centre, 

Thanks for the detailed responses to our questions! 

Great to hear that you've narrowed your idea. Have you thought about how you might measure the success of focusing on inputs over the course of 18 months? Are the inputs that you plan to focus solely information-based?

It's great that you are asking questions about what's next. Do you have any existing relationships with farmers that would provide the mentorship service you plan to provide? What have you learned about their motivations for participating? 

Finally, can you tell us a little more about the team at VRC that will be leading this? That is, how many people will devote what amount of time to this project?

Thanks!

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Hi Chioma,

These are great questions that will go a long way in ensuring that we consider everything before we implement the project. The VRC team would like to provide responses to your constructive questions;
1. As you noted, our main focus is to bridge the pre-planting information gap for small scale farmers through the farming communities (successful farmers and agricultural extension officers). On inputs, we consulted VACID Africa, a value chain consulting firm that has helped in formation several successful farmers’ cooperatives in Kenya, who indicated that it would be prudent to include a farm inputs store(a physical structure stocked with farm inputs) within our resource centers. Since this was not our original idea, we decided to have it as an upscaling plan and for the initial phases engage already existing inputs joints in the region. This preliminary stage will be information-based although we intend to create awareness about VRC to the owners of these inputs stores to offer the right inputs and information to the farmers. Now, how do we measure the outcome? The VRC team had the idea of conducting a baseline survey during recruitment, and review survey after each planting season, then an outcome survey after one year. Baseline and review survey will attempt to compare aspects (for inputs) such as;
     i. Do small scale farmers use the right seeds as recommended by successful farmers and agricultural extension workers?

    ii. What farm mechanization has been adopted by small scale farmers?
    iii. What agrochemicals and fertilizers are applied by small scale farmers? Are they used at the right time? Are they used in the right quantity?
    iv. Are they (small scale farmers) aware of the various input stores in their regions? What motivate them to buy from the particular stores?

Outcome survey will measure the level of reduced food wastage and spoilage, livelihood improvements and other indirect impacts such as improved health and education.

2. VRC idea implementation will be a collaborative effort. The reason for engaging VACID Africa is because of their direct involvement with all farmers types (both small scale and successful farmers). As we already mentioned above, VACID Africa has pioneered several successful farmers’ cooperatives across the country, including in Nakuru. They will be the link to farmers in the region. On the other hand, VRC team (through DOT Kenya Livelihood program) has engaged the community in a different level, that is, business, ICT and life skills training, which has led to establishment of startups including agribusinesses. This engagement has helped the team understand the farmers’ needs even more.

3. Are farmers motivated to participate? Firstly, the successful farmers wish to expand their knowledge. We learnt that we need to offer incentives for them to participate. The essence of forming a cooperative and organizing local and international farm tours is to motivate them. Bringing more partners will also entice them. Secondly, the small scale farmers have the needs for pre-planting information. Linkages to farm demos, exposure visits and training will motivate them. VRC team will provide linkages to farm input stores, and later establish our own which will be an incentive to the small scale farmers. VRC is looking forward to conducting fierce mobilization and awareness creation activities that would complete the motivation aspect.

4. As mentioned in the previous response, VRC team is an excerpt of DOT Kenya. We serve at various capacities in the ReachUp! Program (a program that empowers communities with life skills, ICT and work readiness skills) and StartUp! Program (a program that trains communities on practical entrepreneurship skills through the business model canvas approach). See more at https://kenya.dotrust.org/programs . Within our team is a communication, advocacy and fundraising manager (with a background in communications and journalism), communications assistant, ReachUp! Program facilitator (with a background in information technology) and StartUp! Program facilitator (with a background in community resource management). We are all trained on social entrepreneurship and innovation, and design thinking by Y-Center, facilitation and coaching skills by DOT Kenya, and on agricultural value chain by VACID Africa, where part of our commitment was to design and execute the vegetable resource center idea. The team members have actively engaged the community in training, coaching, market surveys, financial and business linkages, business planning, business competitions, and education and jobs placements. Some members of the team are permanent residents of Gilgil, Nakuru County and already practicing agribusinesses.

Thank you Chioma and looking forward to more observations about the idea.

Regards, VRC Team

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This is a good summary and clarification VRC. The concept is brilliant and focused. 

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Resource Centre,

We need to talk, I see many areas we (Ukulima Digital) can work together.
Hoping to hear from you soon, thanks to this challenge for bringing us together.

Regards,
Alex Mugo

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Hello Alex,

We are looking forward to partnering with organizations of your type. Lets start the conversation around this. Your idea well resonate with our work.
Regards,
VRC Team.

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VRC Team,
Thanks for the prompt response.
Kindly share your email so that i can share my contacts.

Thanks 

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Hello Alex,
Please share your contacts on vegetableresourcecentre@gmail.com.
Regards,
VRC Team

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It is a good idea, and it also can solve problems of agricultural prices abnormal fluctuations. And I think this is idea has been practice in China. There are lots of co-operative organisation in urban area. But the effects are limits.

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Yes, but the Chinese co-operative organisation just in a small area. And most of them just share the technology and the tolls, not the information about the pre-planting.

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Hello!
This is a one of the promising  idea...And will really appreciate in advance if your team will spent sometime passing through our work and recommend 

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To be very honest its a brilliant Thought and a superb idea. Its Excellent

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Hi Vegetable Resource Centre I see you plan to collect pre planting information. How do you plan to keep that updated in time, as well what will be clear incentive for a farmer to keep her information up to date?
Croople small holders futures we have a similar concept and we also are based in Kenya and active around Mt. Kenya. It might be nice to explore synergies. Cheers, Maurizio

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VRC! This is a worthwhile initiative that comes at the prime time in this area. For sure targeting the young vegetable farmers for empowerment through pre-planting knowledge is a key niche. Doing this in a centralized location and utilization of technology especially mobile application is a welcome idea. We look forward for close partnership with us as you hit the ground in Gilgilgil and Nakuru County at Large . 

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Hello EmpServe Kenya. Thank for your interest in welcoming the project in Gilgil. We are looking forward to partnering with grass-roots organizations that are vibrant in the pilot area for success of this project. What is your role in the Gilgil community? Do you have close contact with farming communities in Gilgil? VRC wish to hear more about the farmers profile in this place.

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Vegetable Resource Centre , EmpServe Kenya  Is a youth oriented organization whose mission is to Empowerment of youth through career development and entrepreneurship training programs for sustainable livelihood. We have a center at Gilgil where our focus has been promotion of agribusiness among the youth as well as offering employability skills to our participants all over Nakuru County. Our contact has been very close with young farmers and your initiative to establish a resource center for information is a noble one. We look forward for collaboration ones the program roles out.  @https://empservekenya.wordpress.com/

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Am waiting for the implementation of this project. 

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Thank you Simon. VRC is hoping to implement the project soon.

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Welcome VRC and wish the idea all the best. It has been exiting to participate 

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Hello Pauline. VRC is happy to have engaged you for contribution in this noble course. We are grateful for your feedback. We hope you will continue supplying information that will lead to success of this project.

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VRC this is a great idea. All the best and welcome to Gilgil 

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Thank you Martin. VRC appreciate your feedback.

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Vegetable Resource Centre what an incredible idea! Your experience map is so well done, and disseminating information is vital!

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Hello Gardens for Health International. Thank you so much for your contribution. VRC is happy to have your feedback. Our idea of having a comical experience map to help the beneficiaries offering their feedback relate well with the idea and give their honest contribution. Thank you again.

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This is a very unique model VRC Team. Well thought and articulated,Brilliant. 

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A very unique model Davies. You people are lucky the center will first be established in Gilgil. 

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VRC really appreciate for your comment

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Yea Eliza, but they got a plan of scaling up to other regions, hope they get to Kinari where we also have many vegetable farmers 

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Thank you Davie for your feedback. We appreciate your contribution.

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This a definite route to deal with Youth unemployment in Nakuru and Kenya at Large. Majority of young people participate in unprofitable farming due to lacking information. This is great 

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VRC is grateful for your feedback. It is good to note that we are addressing the exact needs of young farmers.

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This is a brilliant idea it will go a long way in helping the small scale farmers improve their skills and know-how and also connect them to share ideas and enhance productivity.This is what this community needs.

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Thank you Nash for your feedback. VRC is looking forward to witness the outcomes of this project. Our hope is that it will improve the skills and technical know-how of small-holder farmers and create an environment for ideas sharing as you just asserted. VRC is sensitive to the farming needs of the community, Kenya and beyond.

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The walk so far is very much promising. We cant wait for the initiative to hit the ground. 

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Thank Phyllis for your contribution

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Thank Phyllis for your contribution

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Extension officers need to be empowered an their numbers raised. VRC can also focus on training a few Community volunteers who are passionate about the young people to help in dissemination of information and followups in the farms. That would go far than what is currently happening with the youth being marginalized. 

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Thank you Milka for your contribution. VRC will really engage agricultural extension workers. Your suggestion to use community volunteers is very viable

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This is a brilliant idea,. I hope people from Kimende and Kinari will access the initial resource center at Gilgil. Great

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Thank you Mwihaki for the feedback

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i totaly support this idea,kenyan youth will nolonger need emplyoment rather will employ themselves through farming,its also a brilliant idea that u train them on ict skills and do a follow up on their bussines linking farmers to informatiom, am positive this project wil go along way

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Very true, The high unemployment rates need such alternatives 

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Thank you Judith. VRC is really looking forward to witness this.

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Evah, thank you for your feedback. This is VRC hope and a noble course

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Sure Evan. VRC appreciates your feedback

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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Much welcome.the start up of a the resource center is long overdue. We are waiting for the launch. Remember the next station comes to Naivasha  

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Dear VRC team, love your enthusiasm and also the quality of your project description.  Would love to explore further opportunities for collaboration as we're on the look out for delivery partners across Africa for our Talisman (Farmer) and AgXpert (Extension worker) products.  PS Thanks for your feedback, Simon

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Welcome Dr. Simon. We would like to heighten this conversation and see if there is something will come up regarding the partnership, which VRC is really optimistic about.

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Hey, I also suggest for the program to be more comprehensive, we would appreciate additionally to the pre-planting information, you could link us with better farm imputs and supplies to better our yields 

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Thank you Martin. We will provide a list of recommended products according to the research we will have carried out.

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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Small scale farmers are always on the look out to maximize their output and I think this would be a great link for them to gather knowledge on ways of improving all aspects of their endeavors. Keep it up Vegetable Resource Center

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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Awsum, brilliant platform I must say

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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This social enterprise is a true reflection of stewardship concept (taking good care of what you have while passing it on to others. It has the potential to cultivate the spirit of social cohesion and creating a community that is ready to share knowledge. I would like to see it being implemented.

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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Come join us in getting a solution for small scale vegetable farmers in Gilgil Sub County in Kenya. This idea is meant to help small scale farmers access pre-planting information prior to the planting cycle.

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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This is a very good idea. I like the aspect of first implementing the idea in a small location then expanding it to other areas once the idea pick.

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Peterson, thank you very much. How about areas of improvement for the group. What is there that we should rework or remove or what is it that we have left out that we need to include?

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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This is a great initiative for sure. Linking vegetable farmers is kul for shairing information. Great one 

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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I love this idea.  It's long overdue VRC 

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Thank you Mwikali. We are looking forward to having the project hit the ground. VRC appreciates your feedback. What are some of the areas that you feel needs to be addressed further?

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Hello Mwikali,


1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face besides the high charges of international and local farm tours?


2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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It's challenge especially for us young people to acquire info on land preparation and also storage of harvested veges.  We need some of this information VRC.          

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Thank you Mwikali,
At least for land preparation VRC is pretty sure will be catered for during farmers-link activities. We are also thinking that during this linkages, even post planting information will be shared. Such will be recorded as indirect outputs. Do you think this is likely to happen?

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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Brilliant Idea! It will certainly go along to support farmers increase their output.  Could you consider supporting the existing farmers gain max profits from their produce? Middlemen collect the vegetables from their farms at very low price (some as low as KES 2 for a big size cabbage)...especially in favourable seasons
season. Too much supply of vegetables during rainy seasons season force famers to sell them at a loss. 

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Thank you Mathew for the comment. We believe that with proper pre-planting information a farmer is able to schedule his plants to avoid environmental changes and they are also able to plan their harvest times appropriately to avoid a market surge of their produce.

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Thanks a lot for your feedback. I also believe creating a link between the farmers and the market is key to enable them maximise their profits

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Good imput here 

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Thanks Mathew. Agreed that can be one of our upscaling projects

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Hello Lucy, Kindly help VRC answer the following question;
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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Kindly help VRC answer the following question;
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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Kindly help VRC answer the following question;
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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Hello hello VRC... The model is well comprehensive.  What is the specific location will b the resource?? Or would you consider several centers in gilgil 

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Seed selection and land preparation will be important information. Linkage to market will also be important 

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Dear Mathew, 
What would you suggest VRC to do at pre-planting stage to have the small holder farmers eventually sell their produce at a fair price?

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We are piloting the VRC model in Gilgil Constituency. We intend to scale-up the project to other regions of Kenya and beyond.

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Gilgil Constituency will be the pilot area. VRC hopes to scale up to other parts of Kenya, and beyond

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Thank you Lucy

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Thank you Evah for your feedback

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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This is a great initiative good work. There are very many young farmers out there who find it hard penetrating into the agricultural sector because of lack of knowledge and a platform to seek guidance. presenting a resource center to get the information will offer better knowledge and even better returns to these farmers. Good job keep it up

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VRC team really appreciate your feedback Shee. Our idea aim to help such farmers access information right from the basics

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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Great, we wish the project an urgent launch 

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thumbs up for this great idea. am even tempted to quit my white collar job in the big city and go back to Gilgil constituency and work on my already existing vegetable growing business

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Happy to hear that George. 
We are inviting you at VRC for this noble course

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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This is a timely idea. Most people are concentrating on digital apps but this one takes us to the basics as most people in the rural areas have not yet embraced the concept and are still being exploited by the middlemen due to lack of timely and relevant information touching on farming. Hope it is a success and it is multiplied not just across the country but the region.

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Hello Don,
Thank you so much for your feedback. VRC intends to use the available resources within the pilot community

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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Farming is a great thing to do for , Gilgil being a productive land am loving the idea, many farmers have been really yearning to have a connect between research institutions and them. I see this idea as viable to secure food security in this area. I also do wish this idea is implemented across the country. Information is been a gap in the agriculture sector.

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Indeed Amos! A loving it too.

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Thank you Langat for your feedback. Information gap is exactly what we are addressing.

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Thats a good one Amos 

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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As the idea focuses on scaling up the capacity of already existing farmers, I am interested in understanding the strategies in place to mobilize more youth into engaging in agriculture/horticulture. How does this project address this?

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That is a great question Vivian,
VRC intends to use the existing community structures as a point of mobilization. This will include barazas, opinion and youth leaders, government institutions, community based organizations, successful farmers, agricultural extension workers, referrals, one-on-one, promotions/advertisement/marketing etc to mobilize small holder farmers

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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Waoh, the comics on the idea have just made it more vivid. That is awesome. I will definitely visit the Vegetable resource center! The use of USSD technology is a good one just incase we have no access to internet, majority (almost 100%) of us have phones.  

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Very true martin, the option of using SMS is also a good one.

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Thank you Martin and Phyllis. We will also provide the option for a physical visit to our members. Do you think this will be a popular option?

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Oh yea...physical visits will work out especially for the ones living close to the VRC and others who are not conversant with technology especially older people. Your suggestion to scale up the centers will be a good route for larger clientele.....i hope that plan is in good place?

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Thank you Martin, that was our thinking for those not able to get us through the various means of technology, regarding the scaling up it will increase our clientele.

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Welcome VRC. Waiting for tis 

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Welcome VRC and all the best in the endevour

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We are very optimistic Phyllis. Thank you

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Thank you Martin. We out for the best

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Thank you Phyllis

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Indeed Martin, It rightly focuses on the low income locals (especially women)-as we cal in Kenya 'Mama Mboga'. Empowering them creates endless ripple effect to improving the country's economy.

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiary feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project hitting the ground soon. Thank you again.

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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I am a proud beneficiary of the resource center.. The proposal on Pre-planting education is a great thought for the vegetable farmers.  I love the idea of linking young people with the successful farmers for learning and Mentorship... 

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Hi James,
Are you engaged in small-scale vegetable farming? If so, what has your experience been? How can we can improve on our idea so that it addresses the challenges that young people face?

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Yea, I do cabbages and kales.... Scaling high have been the challenge.  Education is what we miss over here 

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Thank you for your input James

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Hello Kamotho, 1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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VRC include seed sowing technology and mobile marketing exposure.  Marketing of our products is a key element to consider 

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Thank you Kamotho. This is well noted and documented. VRC hopes to look for successful farmers using such technologies. Small scale farmers will then be linked with such farming communities. About Marketing, what do you think we can do during pre-planting exposure stage to shake this (marketing) pertinent aspect in agribusiness?

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Focus on direct marketing to eliminate middle men exploitation 

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That is a good suggestion Kamotho. We will put it into consideration once the project rolls out

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Analysis of market trends will also be a win for the young farmers. At pre-planting stage, VRC can do market analysis and give recommendations for various seasons

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Well put Martin. We really appreciate your feedback. We will definitely have to consider that in the implementation 

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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The project is a great one. Go go VRC

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I am so anxious to see it hitting the road. Truly many farmers will rip the most of this.

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I am so anxious to see it hitting the road. Truly many farmers will rip the most of this.

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We are headed there Mathew. There is good feedback from you guys and we take it seriously

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Thank you Mathew

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Thank you Mathew for your feedback

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Hello Martin, VRC is in the final phase of getting to understand the problems that small holders farmers have in access pre-planting information. We would therefore wish to request you to give your feedback on the following;
1. What are some of the challenges that farmers face when trying to access pre-planting information?
2. Does the project address some of the challenges you highlighted?
3. What do we need to include to overcome the challenges, if any, you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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HelloVRC, I am glad that this idea is thus far, its looks like a dawn for the young farmers in this area who have lacked key information on vegetable agribusiness making the field dominated by elderly farmers. We have struggled to access the information as far as Nairobi where we have had such information but not many of us are able to pursue this route. The process have been expensive and some information hidden by the successful farmers. Forming a link with such people is an awesome deal for us. We have also missed the mark by getting unverified information that has led us to unprecedented losses especially by use of chemicals that have destroyed vegetables. The project thus suits whats is on the ground. The concept of marketing can not be left behind by this initative as you have seen majority of young people suggesting herein. Incorporation of technology and modern farming methods especially on small plots shoud be key. Do VRC have some of this in plan? Land has become scarce and the options of utilizing small pieces of land is much desired. 

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Well noted Martin. VRC hopes to incorporate your valuable feedback.
Thank you Martin.

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Welcome VRC and all the best 

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiaries feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project start soon. Thank you again.

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This is such a great idea to empowering the small-scale farmer to benefit from agriculture given its the backbone of livelihood for the farmers. The main challenge facing these farmers is inadequate knowledge and information regarding improved farming techniques and the available market; a resource centre will help these farmers to access the necessary information. It will also bring the farmers together as well which is very important to enhance their bargaining power through collective bargaining as well as linking them to the best markets for their produce. 

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Thank you Irene for your feedback. VRC is looking forward to providing an avenue for information flow.

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The cooperative union for farmers also establish a savings scheme for the vegetable farmers that will enable them acquire standard agricultural inputs and modern technology

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Wow. I like that idea. It is something VRC needs to consider. This one I bet will help the farmers to invest more. Right?

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Thank you for participating in this beneficiary feedback phase. VRC really appreciates for your contribution. We are hoping to have the project hitting the ground soon. Thank you again.

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Training and sensitising farmers to take farming as an enterprise will empower them to set reasonable prices for their prosuce. This will eliminate middle men who exploit them by controlling the market. 

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That is great observation. VRC will document the indirect impacts of the project to other aspects of agriculture for future programming.

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Thats true Mathew. A key consideration can also be value addition to the vegetables to maximize on the profits 

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This is a timely idea, especially now that Kenya is battling with Youth Unemployment Menace-most of them are jobless thus vulnerable to manipulation to joining illegal or outlawed sects.

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That is an informing observation. That would mean that VRC will address other social issues?

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Awesome initiative. As a vegetable farmer, starting out was the most difficult part. It took a lot of tries to get it right on the balance of different inputs to achieve optimum yield...wasn't even sure what the optimum yield should be. An resource center to get this information is so welcome

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Thank you Stephen,
VRC team is out there to help small holder farmers access first-hand pre-planting information to avoid such farming experience.

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This is great. The routine agricultural shows has no comrehensive information, the information given is not comprehensive and many do not manage to attend since they are always as far as Nakuru town. Bringing such education closer is very helpful for small scale farmers. A link with the successful farmers is also aa good avenue to benchmark  

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Thank you Benson. When talking to a farmer we found out that the information as you have indicated is not comprehensive and sometimes it is contradictory since many companies go there to market themselves and hence helping the farmer is not their main aim.

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Very true VRC...the information also lacks verification by any reliable body. By having such resource centers, the farmers cry will be sorted especially the young farmers in the zone 

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Thank you Benson. VRC takes good note of your feedback.

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Go go VRC. I just love how this idea is packaged and the illustrations have made it very clear your intentions. This is great. 

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Hello Pauline,
 1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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Hello VRC Team, some of the information missing is especially on land preparation as well as pest control leading to a lot of losses 

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Aaah! This is good to note. VRC will be on top of this once we start implementing our project

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The cry of the young farmers is for the costs of VRC services to be affordable to the young 

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Thank you Benson. We aim to the best services at an affordable fee. Since we will be linking the small holders farmers with successful farmers and agricultural extension workers, the cost of operation will be minimum which will be reflected in the fees VRC will charge

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The cooperative deal is a great one. It would go far way in shielding vegetable farmers from exploitation by middlemen. The issue of value addition can be thought from this too 

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That is true Martin. We envision a community able to influence the prices of their produce

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Vegetable Resource Centre always out for our good.  This idea is well formulated.  Kindly consider imput as well... Hope the cooperative can work together to bring standard supplies such as fertilizers.  Keep up

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Thank you Kamau. Your suggestion is part of our up-scaling plan which would work best with a large group since we could agree with an agrovet to access inputs at a discount.

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Waoh.  Good u have it in plan   

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Hello Henry; 1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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The use of modern technology including seeds and greenhousing information is very much needed.  

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Thank you Henry,
VRC really needs to look for successful farmers using such technology to share with small scale farmers

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Hi all. This is an idea whose time has come in our area... As small scale vegetable farmers, we stand to gain a lot from this...

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Thank you Wambani. We aim to have the small scale farmers on board as we advance in agriculture

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Hello Zablon 1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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 Brilliant idea right there . Keep up the great job.��

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Kindly help VRC answer the following question;
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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the  research that revealed there is no structured way for small-scale farmers especially vegetable farmers to receive and utilize information helpful before planting is very true. For me thats the biggest challenge for small scale farmers especially the ones dealing with vegetables. This idea is therefore very timely by Vegetable Resource Center 

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Yea, its definitely a timely endevour

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Hello Sharon; 1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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Growing vegetables to many farmers is an attractive option because there is a relatively short time from planting to harvest and also has relatively simple requirements .By so doing most of them will just do it for the sake. However by setting up a Resource Center it will help the farmers solve most of the challenges they undergo from planting to harvesting and selling these vegetables. The resource center will solve some of the challenges that they face which include information to consider before planting, vegetables care during growth, weed, disease and pest control, harvesting and marketing these vegetables with the help of Agricultural Officers and other specialist in the region. This is a brilliant idea and it will be great help to the farmers in the region once implemented.

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Thank you Dennis. That is the sum of all our activities which we hope will increase the number of farmers doing vegetable farming for income not just for the sake.

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Kindly help VRC answer the following question;
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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For sure this is a noble idea. The challenge we young farmers encounter is lacking agricultural  information with minimal extension officers in the county with the overwhelming number of farmers in this area. We mostly end up making loses for use of inappropriate techniques, lacking market information and education on current trends in agri-business. 

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Yes Martin that is the aim of the VRC, we also aim to link the farmers to the extension/agricultural officers making it easy for farmers to get information from these officials. This is especially important because these officials have a great wealth of information.

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This is good to note

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Hello Benson;
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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This is an amazing Idea VRC. its much welcome in Nakuru county. Its a real solution for the vegetable farmers 

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VRC is looking forward to interacting with the both vegetables farmers extremes in Nakuru and later in other parts of Kenya. Thank you for your feedback

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Hey Geff;
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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Woow...This is an amazing project .Absolutely wonderful........Looking forward for its implementation

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Thank you John for the feedback.

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Do you feel there is something we need to improve?

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Hey John,
Kindly help VRC answer the following question;
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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I love the idea. This is very specific program that addresses the challenge facing us of lacking information that is centralized. this is a great initiative we are waiting. 

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Well noted Weddy. Is there anything else you feel we can include? We are out to provide benevolent  solutions to small scale farmers while increasing the capacity of successful farmers.

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Hello Wendy,
 1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?

2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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Awesome idea guys!!! this will go a long way in helping the small scale farmers to increase their profits and be able to sustain themselves.

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Thank you Passy. Is there a room for improving the idea to have more benefits for you as a vegetable farmer? What are some of the gaps that you feel we need to address regarding pre-planting information?

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Kindly help VRC answer the following question;

1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?

2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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Great idea there. This will go a long way to helping the small scale farmers to access information which they dire need. Nakuru County is the bread-basket of Kenya. The idea is much welcome in this region 

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Thank you Naftaly,
We are looking forward to hit the ground learning with this noble course. What else do you think VRC needs to include in this long awaited solution?

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Hello Naftaly
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?

2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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I like the fact that you will train young people to reach to others. This will even encourage them to embrace agriculture.

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Thank you. Grace. We as VRC team recognizes the resources within the community including expertise. That is why we are using a farmers-to-farmers-link model

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Hey Grace,


1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?


2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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This is a summary for Vegetables Resource Centre

1. A resource center will be established proximate to the vegetables farmers in Gilgil

2. The Resource centre staffs will map farming communities (successful vegetables farmers and agricultural extension workers)

3. Mobilization and advocacy activities will be organized to bring these farming communities together

4. The successful vegetables farmers will be organized into a farmer cooperative.

5. A profile of each successful vegetable farmer will be recorded and maintained including their farming activities, location and contact information

6. The profiling will also include the agricultural extension officers (AEOs) in the area.

7. The members of cooperative will be encouraged to share pre-planting information with small scale vegetable farmers (Majority who are youths and women)

8. Community awareness activities will be conducted to bring small scale farmers on board and to make them conscious of their pre-planting information needs

9. The small scale farmers will be encouraged to pay a physical visit, use USSD, Toll free number or SMS services to reach the Vegetable resource center with their pre-planting information needs

10. The Resource Center staffs will review the farming communities’ directory and contact those that will address a particular need of the small scale farmer

11. A farm visit will be arranged; The small scale farmer to visit a successful farmer for this information

12. The small scale farmer will be taken through the pre-planting process via farm demos, farm tours, and training depending on their information needs. The successful farmer is also expected to share their sources of information that made them successful

13. The Resource center staffs will also invite agricultural extension workers to address such information needs.

14. The resource center staff will follow up to ensure that there was a successful engagement between the particular small scale farmer and the corresponding successful farmer/AEO. The application of this information will also be followed up; A feedback mechanism will be central in this project.

15. The resource center management will organize local and international tours for both groups of farmers as an incentive

16. As an expansion plan, the Resource center management plans to link the farmers to better farm input joints and will decide to establish one for the project.

17. Besides creating an environment for information sharing, the project will also create a cohesive community that is ready to interact regardless of the social class.

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about the local and international tours, I have seen a few organized in Nakuru town but the charges are too high for us especially the young farmers, how will be the charges?

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Thank you Evah. Since the farmers will be paying a subscription fee we will work towards subsidizing rates as much as possible of which we can discuss with the members of the cooperative.

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A good concern Eva. Am happy VRC will consider subsidizing especially for the youth 

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Yes, youth is our target

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Great.  We can't wait for this intervention 

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Great.  We can't wait for this intervention 

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Hey Evah,

Kindly help VRC answer the following question;
 
1. What are some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face besides the high charges of international and local farm tours?

2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges you have highlighted whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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This is a long awaited solution for the young people 

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Hey Phyllis,
Kindly give your feedback on the following;
 1. Please highlight some of pre-planting information access challenges that small holder farmers face?
2. What does VRC need to include to address the challenges whose solution is missing in the VRC project?

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This is a great initiative. Am sure small scale farmers will greatly benefit from the services offered at the center.

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Thank you Grace. VRC is committed to offering the much awaited solutions to information in-access for small holder farmers

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we can't wait for the initiative to be implemented as people of Gilgil constituency. Lack of information has always been a barrier in  profitable agriculture. VRC we are greatful for this centralized information initiative

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Thank you Rosemary. VRC team is looking forward to have the project running in the area. Could you kindly highlight some of these challenges that small holder farmers face?

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It will be a great pleasure to have such a project in Nakuru County. I have personally gone through every detail and I strongly support funding of such projects because of the positive impacts that will be felt. Nakuru County especially Gilgil being an agricultural area is a perfect place to pilot the project. I have already started thinking of how farmers will be benefit from the extra income that will be created. I am looking forward to see the project under implementation phase in the near future.
Thank you.
Regards,
Jupiter

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Thank you Jupiter. What are some of the challenges small holder farmers face regarding access to pre-planting information?

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I can clearly relate with this brilliant idea. It nearly addresses the many gaps/challenges faced by small scale farmers.

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Hello Mathew,
What is the biggest challenge for small holders farmers regarding access to information?

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this project is very great, I am really hoping it is funded. this will act as a very great boost to my farming of green peppers here at Nakuru, have been having challenges of marketing due to the presents of middlemen whom i think they are exploiting my little effort, the extension officers i have always wished they come visit my farm, through this i am sure am gonna learn more than i can expect.


 

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Thank you Boaz

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Do you think this farmers-to-farmers link model will lead to better marketing once there is a collective bargaining and negotiation between all types of farmers (sellers) and the middle-men (buyers)? We are on the look out for possible outcomes of the project that will inform its implementation.

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I like the idea of an information center as it helps to boost farmer activities by learning from what other's are doing. Given that in our region context people don't like to read, have you considered not only providing the information and a platform for discussion but also organising regular field trips? This help to actualise what we hear from others and we learn better if we combine most of our senses (eyes, ears, touch) in the learning process. 
I was also wondering if this center will also see how it may help the farmers to maybe test their soil and train or coach them in how they could look at what vegetable may work better in that area or a combination aiming at helping them to maximize productivity. 
The third part will be also to look on the possibility of facilitating their access to the market to reduce the loss of production. this maybe in linking them with existing market or helping them to access more market through the digital part that you're working on getting them to embrace. even though in our region we are not all digitalised, mobile phones has a more penetration in our community. you may think on how to use that to facilitate the process. will it be through bulk sms, a free line, or a mobile accessible platform? any way that is made easy for them to access will be much welcomed.

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Hi Noela, thanks for your feedback. We will organize farm visits by both small-scale and successful farmers. This will enable them to learn from each other as well as from the international arena. Thank you for pointing that out.

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The VRC purely focuses on practical experience not just sharing of information. This will be done through exposure/farm visits, farm demos, farm training etc. The small scale farmers will not be given hand-outs materials. Seeing-listening-reflecting-doing is the game.

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Small scale farms may be the more efficient producers but they face major disadvantages in accessing modern market chains.

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That is true John. We anticipate, as shared by one of potential beneficiaries, that the project will have a ripple down effect on other aspects of agriculture including pricing, market, value chain etc. Thank you for putting that across.

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Great Idea, we have noted one of the main challenge farmers face is lack of information, with this idea farmers will have one of the biggest problem solved.
Looking forward to partnership between you and UkulimaDigital 

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Thank you Alex for your request for partnership. You definitely  have a great idea. We are looking forward to have such partners on board. I like the fact that you are digitizing agribusiness. This is the way to go.

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excellent idea and well thought out! i hope you make it in the competition

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Our sincere hope is to have the project running. We are sure that it will really help the vegetable farmers increase their production and consequently higher income. VRC will have improved their livelihoods

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This is a great idea. I come from the area and I'm telling you the service of agricultural extension workers is hardly access. You project will encourage them to help farmers even in other farming fields

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Thank you Marion. VRC has noted other outcomes the project might have in the area and will document them as lessons learnt for future programming. We really appreciate your feedback

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Hello farmers,
Where do you access pre-planting information from if you have to? VRC would like to know the options you have.

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The VRC looks very promising and i will be interested to see how it can be replicated around the country and beyond. Consider ensuring that the platform has the flexibility for add ons.

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Thank you for your contribution Victor. Add-on is something we really consider. We anticipate to have add more streams along as dictated by the ever dynamic needs of small scale farmers.

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VRC this is a noble task empower the farmers by ensuring they get enough information and knowledge on how to solve the challenges they face and how to circumvent those that can not be avoided.

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Thank you Loise. VRC anticipate to have small scale farmers get practical experience as shared by successful farmers/Agricultural extension workers. This will be through exposure visits, farm tours, farm demos and training.

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Will the resource centre provide information on hydroponic vegetable farming since one of the challenge that small scale farmers face is limited farming space?

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Thank you Joseph for the question. VRC understand that hydroponic is the new technology in vegetables farming. As such, we are looking forward to working with farming communities that use this method and ready to share with small scale farmers. We are using a farmers-to-farmers link model to help the community with pre-planting information

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Hilton Otenyo:

I intend to venture into vegetable farming with a bias for traditional veges. I however remain undecided as to whether the market would be available. I am currently doing maize and arrow roots and ground nuts.

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 VRC as you move in you might need to help us on some hurdles that humper vegetables farmers in this are.. One is that seasonal roads get muddy during rainyseasons and this limits accessibility betweenfarms and collecting centres.Also vegetables are highly perishable.. Farmers need to know adequate ways of preserving their products. Somebody has also raised the question on the marketing system

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Hi Naftaly, as we move in, we will identify potential partners to work with including the County Government, the Roads Authorities and the private sector to help in addressing the other challenges that you face. However, we will continue focusing on our solutions even as we look to partner.

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efficient pre-planting technology and techniques are a great deal for small scale farmers. Its the information we are missing 

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Thank you Evah.

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Welcome VRC

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Do we have an aspect of marketing, ?  I think Pre-planting information envision marketing of the agri products

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Thank you Phyllis. We plan on providing information on how the farmers can market their products and provide them with the appropriate links to this markets.

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Waoh

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Thanks VRC. we are waiting for this initiative 

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It's a great idea and it will help small holder vegetable farmers to increase their income.

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Thank you George.

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I  love the idea of forming a co-operative for the farmers as it will not only ensure circulation of ideas but also it will increase their bargaining power when it comes to marketing their products

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Indeed Beatrice thank you for the contribution.

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This is awesome research, as we talk,  kenyan youth accounts to over 70% of total unemployment.  This is a dangerous trend,  it is with such intervention by VRC that we will fight the unemployment crisis by boosting agribusiness among the youth.  This is awesome 

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Thank you James. Indeed we are on a risky path with the unemployment rates which are due to lack of know-how or the illusion that farming is unrewarding. This is one of the things we aim to change.

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The Vegetable Resource Center aims to scale up in other regions of Kenya and beyond. Through the feedback provided here, we are sure and sensitive to the pre-planting issues whose umbrella is lack of the right information. The project aims to use already existing information (under the custodian of successful farmers and agricultural extension workers) to help small scale farmers make informed decisions when they embark on vegetables farming activity. Then, we will have broken the barrier that farmers faces when trying to access the correct information. 

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bringing together information for small scale farmers is awesome especially for the young people. It will be a great benefit for Gilgil People ..hope you plan to scale to Naivasha also? 

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Thank you Pauline. Gilgil is our pilot location before we role out to other areas.

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This is a great forthcoming link for the young people.  That's education is really missing currently.  Noble idea for sure 

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It certainly is! I never imagined how much one could reep from horticulture 

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Indeed Mathew and Phyllis.
Small-scale vegetable farming is easy to do and highly profitable. It is especially lucrative for people with small plots of land or a small capital.

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Yes,  come Naivasha too.  

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This great initiative that's long overdue.  Go go VRC

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Amazing idea,  this is going to be a very helpful venture especially to the younger generation.  We can't wait for this services 

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Thank you James.

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Pre-planting education is the best shot... This will go long way in improving vegetable yields... Brilliant 

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An idea whose time is long overdue,as a youth who has acquired a parcel of land and want to indulge in full time farming..this idea will help emensly as I make decisions on which vwges to plant..and season and markets.
I also think you can find a way to include..farm preparations machines which farmers can rent out during preparations as it can be expensive for them to purchase..thus enough reason for them to miss out

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@LadyDee Mitoko, we appreciate your feedback and recommendations. We will use the proposals to rework our idea and expect to clinch the ultimate prize in this challenge.

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@Kennedy, thank you very much, we believe that winning this challenge will help small-scale vegetable farmers address the problem of lack of information or inaccessibility to the right pre-planting information. 

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Many small scale vegetable farmer go through a lot of challenges both in accessing information and market for their produce in Kenya, they are a neglected lot who have to find their own ways of solving the challenges. A resource centre that addresses  the above challenges will help the farmer find long term solutions to this perennial problem.  Thank you Vegetable Resource Centre for the ideas 

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Thanks Zablon.

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Keep it up Vegetable Resource Center. This is a great idea that might see our small scale vegetable farmers benefit in years to come.

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Thank you Hifadhi. How can we link our pre-planting idea with your storage idea, as storage is required to be considered at the pre-planting stage?

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As a small scale farmer I once looked for a place to go for farm visit and I could not think of any. The project will actually help youths like me to have a one-stop center that will link us to information on farming. I will be your regular visitor once you establish the resource center. Can you also link us to small loans opportunities?

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Thank you silvia. It is indeed true that there are very few farmers who are willing to provide a farm tour or demo to other farmers, and hence one of the impacts we aim to have with this project is to cultivate the behavior of information sharing. In regards to loans we will provide the information regarding what is available to the farmers and we will also advice them on what options are the most beneficial for them in the long run.

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Thank you Sylvia. Spread the word to fellow youth and let's help make this idea a reality. 

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This is a brilliant idea that should scale even higher. The idea is focused on improving the economic of Gilgil residents specifically we farmers who are dependent on vegetables for our livelihood. This is great! 

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Thank you for the feedback. As a vegetable farmer are there any areas you think we can add to improve our idea?

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Hey, I also suggest for the program to be more comprehensive, we would appreciate additionally to the pre-planting information, you could link us with better farm imputs and supplies to better our yields

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Hello Martin. That is a very nice suggestion. Vegetables Resource Center for small holders farmers will look into that as a scale up plan. Thank you for your contribution.

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cool stuff ...continue in the same spirit ...as you know the youth is the future

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Thank you Tonny

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We welcome all comments that will help us improve on our idea.

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