In the framework of the follow up program, AgrarKontakte International (AKI) e.V. and Bukura Agricultural College (BAC) organized three online seminars for the trainees of Cohort 1 and 2. Prior to the seminars, another introductory seminar was organized by the coordinators of the program, Teklezghi Teklebrhan (AKI), Davies Kamau (BAC) and Roselyne Ambani (BAC) to present the objectives and organization of the follow up program.
The invitation of guest speakers who spoke on various topics related to agriculture, such as poultry, dairy, crop and herbs production, provided valuable insights. Additionally, financial experts were invited to present possibilities of financing projects, specifically those dealing with digital financial inclusion for youths. This highlights the importance of not only providing information on agriculture but also on financial literacy and inclusion, which is crucial for the growth and development of youths.
All three online seminars were very informative, and the participants draw a positive balance:
“The follow up program has all the reasons to be appreciated 101%. It started with the traineeship abroad which really impacted skills and understanding on culture. I am more so fascinated with the fact that it is an exchange platform between the trainees and the job market. We are happy with the selection of the presenters, from poultry, dairy to crop value chains. Their expertise, experience and knowledge on these sectors are really crucial to those interested in self-employment. The connection with the financial experts is just beyond valuation. Thanks to the AKI and entire BAC team for working towards eliminating poverty by empowering the youth” - Jared Onyango (Cohort 1).
“I found the seminars very helpful. It was enjoyable as well as informative especially since some of us have ventured or looking forward to venture in projects such as poultry rearing and dairy production. I have also gotten insights on financial services from the equity group, which is arguably beneficial to someone who is looking into agripreneurship. I appreciate AKI for organizing these seminars and I am looking forward to such opportunities”- Anne Nasieku (Cohort 1).
“The trainee program was an enrichment and now the online seminars were a valuable resource for me. It is encouraging to see organizations like AKI supporting such programs and initiatives”- Jacob Dickens (Cohort 2).
“It is encouraging to see that alumni are engaging in continuing education and taking advantage of online programs to stay informed and up-to-date in their fields. It is an excellent way to stay ahead of the curve and improve the sustainability and profitability of once businesses”- Judith Jeptoo (Cohort 2)
“I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for the recent follow-up program that AKI and BAC hosted online. The program was informative, engaging, and provided valuable insights to us” - Stephen Nandi (Cohort 2)
In the framework of the follow up program, several presence excursions will be organized in Kenya. Stay tuned for updates on the project.