kilimo.labs is an accelerator providing a new generation of farmers with access to land, capital, equipment and skills to help them succeed.
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.
WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?
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