Women Groups from Meru, Embu and Nyandarua, beneficiaries of the first of its kind partnership dubbed Women Agribusiness Promotion Initiative (WAPI) hosted an agribusiness open day, officiated by HE Gil Haskel Ambassador of Israel to Kenya. Together with the creators of the WAPI initiative; UN Women, Amiran Kenya, Smallholder Horticultural Marketing Programme (SHoMaP) and the Israel Embassy Nairobi, the women groups showcased the great strides they have made towards changing their own livelihoods with modern agribusiness while empowering their communities.
Created in 2013, WAPI seeks to address some of the challenges that women farmers face in Kenya in pursuit of their economic interests in relation to increased household incomes and asset accumulation. In light of this, WAPI is supporting women groups in Meru, Embu and Nyandarua with a holistic approach to profitable agribusiness through the Amiran Farmer’s Kit. Comprising of a farmers greenhouse, drip irrigation kits, hybrid seeds, agro-chemicals, fertilizers, water tank and capacity building, the AFK allows farmers to grow better quality produce in larger amounts than they have before while conserving water as a result of the use of drip irrigation.
Celebrating the beginning of the Meru Women Group’s first harvest, HE Gil Haskel Ambassador of Israel to Kenya shed light on the importance and need to empower women in agribusiness stating that “This is an amazing example of a vision come true. A perfect example of how an idea that was born in a Nairobi boardroom, has turned rather swiftly into actual farms that are producing fresh agricultural products, for the benefit of Kenyan communities, that are so needy of these technologies, that will allow them self-sufficiency”.
Speaking at the open day event, women groups expressed their gratitude to the partners of the WAPI initiative, stating that with the modern innovations provided to them, women are now playing a front role in the development of their communities through trainings and capacity building to their fellows at the grass root level.
Yariv Kedar, Amiran’s Deputy Managing Director reveals that Amiran’s efforts in the area of empowerment through sustainable agribusiness are in line with the famous quote: “Give a man a fish, you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish, you have fed him for a lifetime”. Through such partnerships, Amiran plans to bolster agricultural production by developing agricultural support and capacity building systems that will empower farmers in both rural and urban areas.