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kilimo.labs

kilimo.labs is an accelerator providing a new generation of farmers with access to land, capital, equipment and skills to help them succeed.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Youths make up 78% of the Kenyan population and 80% of youths are unemployed. In contrast, the average age of a farmer in Kenya is 60 years. This means that young people face significant barriers to starting and running farms as viable economic activities. Access to land is a key challenge to youths venturing into farming. Land is expensive and inaccessible. In Kenya, lack of capital and access to affordable credit is cited by youths as a main factor hindering their venture into agriculture. Farming is considered a highly risky investment and young people are considered even a more risky demographic. Farming equipment is equally capital intensive and young people generally lack the skills to use land, equipment and capital to establish farming as a viable economic activity. kilimo.labs seeks to solve these problems. We provide a safe space for young people to prototype and validate their agribusiness ideas. Something akin to the support provided to technology startups. kilimo.labs helps new farmers validate their agribusiness idea, find a product/market fit and scale. We provide a start-up farm on lease, equipment on rent, seed capital and skills to new farmers to help bring their ideas to market over a 12 month period. Graduated businesses get access to kilimo.links, a matchmaking platform linking farmers to affordable land and kilimo.capital a crowdfinance platform where young people can raise capital to grow and scale their agribusinesses.

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WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Kenya

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

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

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Team

Hello Dennis, 

I do believe that is a great idea, because we need to look at the source of the problem which is not having stable enablers/factors of living (food-health-education). So you tapped on one of the most important enabler of better living. 

All the best to you

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Team

Thanks for the feedback.

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