Google in partnership with One Acre Fund will train 100,000 Kenyan smallholder farmers in digital skills through a Sh100 million grant.
Google Kenya Country Manager Charles Murito says the training skills program will help smallholder farmers digitize their agribusiness operations and tasks.
The digital training will provide training as well as products and services to smallholder farmers aimed at digitising their agribusiness operations and tasks
Farmers in low-income and rural parts of the country will benefit from the grant and training taking effect over the next one year.
Charles Murito, Country Manager for Google Kenya said: “In Kenya, the agriculture sector employs over 40% of the total population, contributing to 30% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). We want to see the power of technology elevate small scale farming. We hope that through this initiative, we will see a positive impact in food security, job creation and GDP growth in Kenya”
For smallholder farmers, technology is often the game changer that enables efficiency and increased productivity from agricultural output.
“At One Acre Fund, we’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with Google in the service of smallholder farmers in Kenya. With greater access to technology and training, farmers can make their land more productive. We’re excited to scale our digital innovations in rural areas and expand our life-improving services for thousands of hard-working farmers,” said Matthew Forti, Managing Director, One Acre Fund.
The Digital Skills for Africa program builds on Google’s existing commitment in Sub Saharan Africa to improve economic opportunities. Google commited to train one million African youth between April 2016 and March 2017. In July 2017, the program was extended to see 10m youth and 100k developers trained across the region by 2022.
“We want to see the power of technology elevate small-scale farming. We hope that through this initiative, we will see a positive impact on food security, job creation and GDP growth in Kenya,” said Murito.
Murito was speaking at the first Google for Kenya event where the company outlined its long-term strategy and commitment to contribute to the country’s economic and social growth.