Dear reader, did you know that Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC) is the consultancy arm of Strathmore University? If you know SRCC, you know that we are big on consultancy. SRCC is the leading and most trusted consultancy firm in the region. Our past consultancy experience will shock you. It is because of this reason that SRCC recently won the Generation Africa Fellowship Program(GAFP) tender from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa(AGRA).
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Generation Africa was looking to move on to invest in the growth of high-potential youth SMEs by supporting their journey through incubation/coaching and investment through Generation Africa Fellowship Program (GAFP). The objective of GAFP is therefore to work with these young high-potential SMEs to enable sustained growth in their agripreneurship journey while equipping them with tangible skills and knowledge to strengthen their businesses and empower them to create employment for young people. The end goal is to have resilient businesses that can employ more youth.
The contracted consultancy firm was expected to do the following:
- Develop and offer unique bespoke business support services to agripreneurs to strengthen their knowledge and boost their capacity to grow their businesses in a sustainable way
- Develop and offer bespoke support services to agripreneurs enabling them to develop their leadership and soft skills
- Support the secretariat to raise funds for the growth and continuity of GAFP
The SRCC consultants who were involved in this project were professionals in the areas of finance, fundraising, marketing, coaching and communication. The consultants were majorly involved in coaching the program’s agripreneurs: They included the following:
- Dr. Hannington Odame
- Christine Owande
- Mr. Joel Ouma Asiago
- Mr. John Njane
- Mr. Leonard Haggai Oduori
- Mr. Jeff Obonyo
- Ms Hannah Mandi Mnjala
The Generation Africa Fellowship Program
Generation Africa is one of the thematic platforms under the Alliance for Green Revolution Forum(AGRF), which focuses on youth agripreneurship. It builds on the efforts of leading institutions and was co-founded by Yara, Econet, AGRA, Corteva, SACAU, Syngenta Foundation and USAID and legally hosted by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in Nairobi.
The program aims to bring the dynamism of youth entrepreneurship to Africa’s agri-food sector. It aims to strengthen the ecosystem that supports agripreneurs as they travel the challenging journey from ideation to scale, encompassing ventures from small-scale, village-level enterprises to “gazelles” with broad reach, and supporting upward mobility.
This article was written by Odhiambo Obonyo.