24 May 2023: AIS embarked on its journey in 2013 with a vision: to empower smallholder
farmers and transform agriculture into a thriving, sustainable industry. Over the past decade, AIS
has made significant strides toward realizing this vision, touching the lives of countless
individuals and communities.
Today, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we reflect on our incredible achievements and valuable
lessons and exciting plans that have shaped our journey.
A Decade of Wins
Over the past ten years, AIS has been at the forefront of transforming lives across the African
continent. Our commitment to driving sustainable enterprises and empowering the workforce has
resulted in numerous wins:
Training for Success
One of AIS’s core pillars of success has been its dedication to education and training. Through
Through the Wezesha program, AIS has equipped over 1,000 farmers with the knowledge, skills, and
tools to elevate their farming practices. These training programs cover various aspects of
- Climate-Smart Farming: AIS recognizes the pressing challenges of climate change and has
been at the forefront of training farmers in climate-smart agricultural practices. Farmers are
learning to adapt to changing weather patterns, conserve resources, and reduce their
- Sustainable Farming Techniques: Sustainability is the key to the future of agriculture. AIS has
been instrumental in promoting sustainable farming techniques, such as organic farming,
integrated pest management and efficient water use.
- Entrepreneurship Development: Beyond farming, AIS has nurtured entrepreneurship among
rural youth. They provide training in business skills, helping young individuals transform their
farming activities into profitable enterprises.
- Energy Solutions: AIS understands the importance of clean energy in modern agriculture.
They have been training farmers in using renewable energy sources, such as solar power and
biogas, to enhance productivity and reduce environmental impact.
A Legacy of Impact
AIS’s impact over the past ten years has been remarkable. Thousands of farmers have witnessed
increased yields, improved livelihoods, and a newfound hope. Communities have seen economic
growth and greater food security. AIS has not only empowered farmers but also ignited a passion
for agriculture among the youth, ensuring a sustainable future for the sector.
Jennifer Githinji- the director of AIS, shared her sentiments on celebrating the 10th anniversary
and the life lessons she had learned, saying, It’s a moment of immense pride and reflection.
Over the past decade, We’ve witnessed incredible growth, resilience, and innovation within AIS
and the communities we serve. These ten years have taught us the power of kindness, the
necessity of embracing innovation and the importance of starting small. We’ve learned that
Purpose, teamwork, and unwavering values are the cornerstones of success. Asking boldly,
Leaning on support networks and aiming higher have been our guiding principles. As we
celebrate this milestone, we’re not only looking back with gratitude but also forward with even
greater ambition and commitment to our mission.
Looking Ahead: The Next 10 Years
As AIS celebrates its first decade, the organization is not resting on its laurels. Their eyes are set
firmly on the future, with plans to expand their reach and impact. Some of their key objectives
for the next decade include:
- Scaling Up: AIS aims to reach even more farmers across Kenya, extending their training
programs to rural communities that have yet to benefit from their expertise.
- Technology Integration: Embracing technology is central to AIS’s plans. They intend to
leverage digital tools and data-driven solutions to enhance agricultural practices further.
- Diversification: The future holds opportunities for diversification, exploring new crops and
value chains, and ensuring a broader impact on agriculture.
- Partnerships: Collaborating with like-minded organizations, government agencies, and
stakeholders is essential for AIS’s future success. By forging strong partnerships, they can
amplify their impact and reach.
AIS’s 10-year celebration is not just a reflection on the past but a bold statement of intent for the
future. The organization’s unwavering commitment to rural development and sustainable
Agriculture continues to light the way forward. As they embark on the journey of the next decade,
AIS stands poised to lead Kenya’s agriculture into a brighter, more prosperous future.
Here’s to AIS—ten years of transformation and a promising future!