Kenya: Smart Farming to Boost Kenya Food Production

Nairobi — HYDROPHONICS- a method of growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil - is set to draw more youth into the farming sector and boost food production in Kenya.

The Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Foundation is spearheading the adoption of this technique through its 2Jiajiri flagship programme that seeks to create jobs and wealth through targeted skills development in the informal sector.

KCB Foundation has graduated 92 beneficiaries who have completed the first phase of training in hydroponics farming at Miramar International College.

"We chose to focus on hydroponic farming because it's a smart farming method cognizant of the challenges faced by 21st-century farmers," explained KCB Foundation Managing Director, Jane Mwangi.

"This method is attractive to young people especially because it's not capital intensive, consumes little space and is not reliant on weather patterns," the executive added.

KCB Foundation will then take through the 92 beneficiaries through business development training where they will learn how to run a business.

They will also be taught how to develop business plans that they can then use to take loans from the bank.

KCB Foundation has secured additional Ksh10 billion (US$96,29 million) funding from MasterCard to scale up the 2jiajiri programme.

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