Women and youth

Empower women, youth and vulnerable groups to harness technology and innovation for economic, social and environmental sustainability in Agriculture

In the tapestry of African agriculture, women and youth are the vibrant threads weaving a story
of transformation. At AIS, we are committed to harnessing their potential by integrating
technology and innovation into the agricultural landscape. We aim to cultivate economic
prosperity, social inclusivity, and environmental sustainability in agriculture.

Crucial contributors to agribusiness

Across the African continent, women and youth are instrumental in driving the agribusiness
sector forward. Agriculture is a vital source of employment for women, while the burgeoning
youth population in Sub-Saharan Africa is increasingly finding opportunities within this sector.
At AIS, we’re passionate advocates for the active involvement of women and youth in every
facet of the agricultural value chain.

AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore
AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore

Technology and Innovation as Catalysts
Thanks to technology and innovation, our approach revolves around equipping these groups with
the knowledge and tools to thrive in agriculture. Here’s what we focus on:

Unlocking Sustainable Practices: We prioritize sustainable farming practices by empowering
women and youth with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Our holistic approach covers soil
health, efficient water management, biodiversity, resource optimization, climate resilience, and
economic empowerment. We teach farmers to conserve soil, manage water efficiently, and
promote biodiversity through natural pest control.
Resource optimization techniques maximize output while minimizing waste. Farmers are better
prepared to adapt to climate change and extreme weather events with GAP. This economic
empowerment contributes to poverty reduction and community development. We instil a sense
of environmental stewardship, protecting natural habitats and reducing greenhouse gas

AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore
AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore

Ensuring Safe Farming: We educate farmers and agricultural workers on the proper handling
and storage of agricultural inputs, including pesticides, fertilizers, and chemicals. Our training
programs emphasize the importance of wearing appropriate protective gear, following
recommended dosage instructions, and storing inputs in a safe and controlled environment. This
protects farmers’ health and ensures that produce quality meets safety standards.

Life Skills for All: Our training programs exceed the farm’s boundaries. We equip women and
youth with essential life skills that have a far-reaching impact. Beyond learning about sustainable
farming, participants gain knowledge in financial management, ensuring they make sound
economic decisions and secure their financial future.

AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore
AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore

We also emphasize nutrition and food preservation techniques, empowering individuals to make
healthier dietary choices and reduce food wastage. These life skills contribute to participants’
improved quality of life, fostering self-reliance and self-sufficiency. We are committed to
nurturing well-rounded individuals who are successful in agriculture and every aspect of their

Fostering Entrepreneurship: We nurture the entrepreneurial spirit within individuals. Our
programs are designed to show how farming endeavours can transform into vibrant businesses,
ultimately leading to financial independence. We believe that every farm has the potential to be a
successful enterprise, and we provide the knowledge and tools to make that transformation a

AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore
AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore

Through our training and mentorship, individuals learn to identify market opportunities, develop
business plans, and implement strategies for growth and profitability.

Unity through Collaboration: Our training and engagement programs emphasize the power of
working together towards common goals. We teach women and youth how to collaborate
effectively, make informed decisions collectively, and resolve conflicts constructively.
By fostering unity and cooperation, we’re not just building strong individuals but creating
resilient communities that can weather challenges and thrive together. It’s more than farming; it’s
about building a sense of togetherness and shared purpose that empowers everyone involved.


Green energy Adoption: Green energy adoption is vital to our training and empowerment
initiatives. We equip farmers, especially women and youth, with the knowledge and practical
skills to embrace green energy solutions like solar power and biogas.
By incorporating these sustainable energy sources into their farming practices, our beneficiaries
not only reduce energy costs but also align their operations with critical sustainability objectives.
Solar power, for instance, enables them to harness the abundant energy of the sun, reducing their
reliance on conventional electricity sources and fossil fuels.
Similarly, our training on biogas systems helps farmers efficiently convert organic waste into
renewable energy for cooking and lighting, further reducing their environmental footprint. By
adopting green energy, our empowered farmers not only improve their economic resilience but
also become stewards of a greener, more sustainable future.

A roadmap to sustainability

Our commitment extends beyond education. We empower women and youth to leverage
technology and innovation for holistic sustainability:

Economic prosperity: By transforming farming into successful agribusiness ventures, we
elevate incomes and financial stability for countless youth and women.

Inclusivity and unity: Through community engagement and the creation of support networks,
we bolster social bonds, fostering resilience within regions.
Environmental stewardship: Sustainable practices and adopting green energy solutions
minimize agriculture’s ecological footprint, preserving ecosystems for future generations.

AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore
AIS demonstration farm in Kajiado County. Photo Credit @africainstore

A brighter agricultural future
We are expanding our efforts to reach more individuals, harnessing technology to drive
sustainable rural economies, and championing the diversification of value chains for food
security and climate resilience.

Empowering women and youth in agriculture isn’t just a mission; it & is a commitment to a brighter
future where agriculture thrives in harmony with economic growth, inclusivity, and
environmental stewardship.