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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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Photo of A Bin
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

Photo of Dennis Onyango
Team

Thanks for the feedback.

Photo of Ilana Milkes
Team

I can connect you with the founding partner at http://ddf.capital, let me know!

Photo of Dennis Onyango
Team

That would be really useful Ilana. Let me know how to or what you need from my end.

Photo of Shane Zhao
Team

Thanks for the post Dennis! We'd love to learn a bit more about this idea. In particular, we're curious to learn if this idea new or existing? Are you working with any organizations currently operating in the regions you've identified? Also, how might kilimo.labs specifically address challenges faced by youths in East Africa?

Photo of Dennis Onyango
Team

Thanks Shane Zhao for your feedback. I have provided additional information to the post to attempt to explain the idea more broadly. 

The idea is new and has not been implemented. It borrows from other domains and business models like startup incubators, accelerators and venture capital funding. This is an attempt to make similar models work in agriculture if possible. More on this approach has been added to the problem/idea definition.

I'm currently working as an individual researching new models of agribusiness for economic development for a masters thesis and I've also provided technology development and consultancy for organisations working on the agricultural value chain for over 2 years.

My initial assumption was that the problem/solution might be homogeneous across the other East Africa countries but maybe not. So I will be more context specific to Kenya.

Photo of Chiefkeya The-Mogul (Kevin Keya)
Team

Good Job. keep pressing on.

Photo of Dennis Onyango
Team

Thanks Chiefkeya. Any ideas on what might be improved?