The AgriBiz programme, funded by the European Union and DANIDA at a cost of Kshs 5.1 billion has pledged to support the 4K Clubs through the Business Incubation Hubs set out in eight counties.
The project being implemented by KCIC in collaboration with counties, aims to motivate young people to take agriculture as a possible source of livelihood in future by imparting with agribusiness skills while they are still young.
Speaking after the launch of the 4K Clubs, the European Union Chargee d’Affaires a.i Katrin Hageman has said that the launch has come at a time that agriculture has to be inculcated into the education sector with an aim to boost the motivation of young people to venture into agriculture.
H.E Katrin Hagemann says that time has gone when agriculture was seen to be a reserve of the poor or those in rural areas. “Our aim through the AgriBiz programme is to ensure that we not only create jobs for thousands of Kenyans but also to ensure that we encourage more people to venture into agribusiness, especially young people.”
The European Union, the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) and Kenya Climate Innovation Center through the AgriBiz programme congratulated the government on the reviving and rebranding of the 4K Clubs as an effective means of creating awareness and inculcating a positive mindset towards agriculture among primary school children.
The 4K Clubs were launched Friday at the Agricultural Show Grounds in Nairobi in an event that was graced by the President of the Republic of Kenya H.E Uhuru Kenyatta.
The government through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives is implementing a comprehensive strategy towards enhancing the effective engagement of young people in agriculture.
The ministry aims to address the barriers that have contributed to low involvement of the youth in this critical sector. As part of this strategy is the revival and rebranding of the 4K Clubs as an effective means of creating awareness and inculcating a positive mindset towards agriculture among primary school children.
The once-famous 4K Clubs were left behind by the education curriculum in Kenya, but the Kenya government is now reviving the clubs.
The government asserts that adoption of agricultural practices in Kenya will further promote an interest to students in their early stages of life and will in the long run improve the economy of the country in line with the president’s Big Four Agenda.
The agricultural sector contributes to 26% of Kenya’s GDP and 27% through linkages with other sectors. The sector employs more than 40 per cent of the total population and more than 70 per cent of the rural population.
The sector also accounts for 65% of the export earnings, and provides income for more than 80% of the Kenyan population.
On his side, the CEO of KCIC Dr. Edward Mungai has said that since the AgriBiz programme which was launched in eight counties, there has been tremendous uptake of agricultural practices especially in the counties where the programme has set up Business Incubation Hubs (BIHs), saying that this will further be developed by the launch of the 4K Clubs.
“We expect to create a good linkage between the practical skills learnt within the 4K Clubs and the AgriBiz programme. Our aim is to not only support the 4K Clubs with interesting activities but also to ensure a continuity such that the skills they learn within the clubs will also be applied later on in their careers,” Dr. Edward said.
Adding that: “We will work closely with private and public schools to support this government initiative.”
The AgriBiz programme is an agribusiness empowerment programme for youth and women in agribusiness in Kenya, targeting to support 2,400 individuals and groups to create 17,000 jobs.