Yesterday morning, Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Dr Vincent O’Neill, was among the key speakers at the launch of the European Union funded Agriculture Financing Initiative (AgriFI).
AgriFI is an innovative blending facility supporting productive, adapted and market integrated smallholder agriculture.
Speaking at the launch, Self Help Africa CEO Ray Jordan said: “This is the start of a 5 year journey that begins to reshape the relationship between the EU and Kenya. There are great economic opportunities to link farmers into markets. Everyone wins.”
Dr O’Neill added that Ireland was delighted to work with Kenya and the EU to support farmers and ultimately increase trade.
According to Mwangi Kiunjuri, Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary, SMEs contribute 30% of GDP of Kenya and yet most of them are trapped in poverty due to unfavorable credit in the financial markets.
He added that the AgriFI programme will integrate small holder farmers in Kenya in Agricultural value chains for food security and outcomes.
Key note address and official launch by Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri https://t.co/3f5c0o5v4E
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During is address, EU Ambassador to Kenya Stefano Dejak described the EU as Kenya’s most reliable partner and its first export market.