Access Agriculture Young Entrepreneur Challenge Fund (YECF) 2021 for Kenya Youths

Application is now open for Access Agriculture Young Entrepreneur Challenge Fund (YECF) 2021 for Kenya Youths. This is for entrepreneurs Rural Access is part of the Knowledge Centres for Organic Agriculture (KCOA) in Africa project funded by GIZ. It is part of the “One World – No Hunger” initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). KCOA is being implemented in all regions of Africa through knowledge hubs and partners. The first phase started in 2019 and ends in 2023. The overall goal is to create an innovative strategy for promoting organic agriculture throughout Africa.

We are now requesting young people in Kenya to propose innovative ideas to start a business, or expand their existing services, around the dissemination of agricultural videos using a Digisoft Smart Projector.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants: one person or teams of up to 3 young people can submit a proposal

Age: 18-30 years

Country:  Reside in Kenya

Application submission: you need to be registered and logged in on the Access Agriculture website before you can submit an application form

Proposal Guidelines

Steps to follow for submitting an application

Register/create an account or login on the website of Access Agriculture here:

verification: Check for a message from in your inbox/junk/spam folder of the email address used in creating the account. Click on the link (URL) in the message to activate your account.

Existence of an account:  If you already have an account on the Access Agriculture website, there is no need to create another one.

Read the application guidelines: Once the account is verified, go back to the Access Agriculture website and read carefully the application instructions and FAQ’s (frequently asked questions). Click here for the FAQ’s.

Fill the application form:
 To open the application form click on “Apply Online”. Fill in the required information on each page. You can “save” the form and edit or complete it later. All questions must be answered before submitting the application.

Preview the form: Go to the last page and click on “preview”. All the filled in information will be displayed and you can read through it before submitting. If you want to make changes you can click on “previous page” and go back to the form.

Submit the form: Once you have finished filling in the information, go to the last page, click on “preview” and then click on “submit”. The form will be submitted and it can no longer be edited.

Please note: Incomplete forms will not be considered – and remember to submit your application before the deadline.

Email confirmation: After submitting the form, check for the application receipt confirmation message in your inbox/junk/spam folder of the email address used to create you

Questions to be answered on the application

What motivated you to apply for this challenge fund? (100 words maximum)

What problem/s in your community do you think you would be able to solve using a smart projector and showing videos? (100 words maximum)

When using the smart projector, how do you plan to make money in rural communities? (in other words, how you plan to make money with the smart projector) (250 words maximum)

Who is your target audience/anticipated clients (projects, farmer groups, organizations, individuals)? (100 words maximum)

How many farmers in the surrounding rural communities do you expect to reach per month for video screening? (100 words maximum)

What strategy will you use to reach the number of farmers mentioned? How will you mobilise these farmers to view videos? (250 words maximum)

How will you reach youth and women in your target communities? (100 words maximum)

If you already have a business, how will the projector add value to your current business? If it is a new business, what other associated services can you offer to the targeted audience along with the video viewings? (250 words maximum)

How will you share your experiences of using the smart projector with Access Agriculture? (100 words maximum)

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