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Two-day conference to streamline financing of agriculture in Kenya set for March

From L-R , prof. Ratemo Michieka, EBS , Dr.Kawira Mutegi , conference director, Dr. Paul Rono, ps state Department of Agriculture and Mary Mwiti, CEO Council of Governors.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rootooba have announced a two-day forum-themed Financing Agriculture Sustainably Conference (FINAS2024) to be held on the 27th and 28th of March 2024 .

In a bid to curb the looming severe food insecurity in Kenya and help reduce inflation on food stuff, the allied organizations will seek to rally  sector players including financial institutions, Agribusiness stakeholders  and government to re-look funding options and investment to the Agricultural sector and position Kenya for resilient Agricultural Enterprises.

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Despite being the largest sector in terms of GDP contribution, agriculture loans and investments portfolios currently are disproportionately low compared to the agriculture sector’s share of GDP. According to Financial Access Household Survey 2019 formal borrowing to service agriculture is used by around 3.2% of Kenyans.

This has created a gap that has resulted in the mushrooming of informal financing mechanisms that lack the capacity, quality, and quantity to respond to the needs. Alternative income sources, social networks and sale of assets have been sub-optimal alternatives for raising the much- needed capital for investing in the sector.

“Agriculture  is the backbone of Kenya’s prosperity, while it is the means of livelihood for millions of Kenya, this sector is grappling with insufficient financing. Counties are pivotal to collaboration and unpacking of  solutions to establish credit and financing policies to empower farmers,“ said Mary Mwiti , CEO Council of Governors during the announcement .

“We need to see how to invest and transform Kenya’s large and fertile land into a thriving agricultural ecosystem running efficiently and profitably to benefit not only farmers but also our economy as a whole. This conference will be the right place to do just that,” said Dr. Paul Rono, PS state department of Agriculture  during the announcement breakfast

Dr. Kawira Mutegi, Conference Director said that The Financing Agriculture Sustainably Conference (FINAS 2024) will bring together actors in the agricultural sector to deliberate  on financing the sector through appropriate models.

“The landscape conversations will bring out challenges that will inform subsequent discussions with financing solution providers and beneficiaries. The discussions will include designing financing solutions to ensure relevance to the wide range of beneficiaries, and de-risking approaches for injecting capital such as blended financing,” Concluded Dr. Mutegi.

Partners such as GIZ, FSD-Kenya,  African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP),FSD-K, AGRA, National Research Fund (NRF), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Tegemeo Institute, Association of Fintechs in Kenya (AFIK), AGRA, Association of Microfinance Institutions of Kenya (AMFI), Fertilizer Association of Kenya (FAK), Apollo Agriculture, Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives (KUSCO), SNBX Capital,  are also playing key roles in ensuring the success of the conference and transformation of the Agricultural sector in Kenya.

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