Africa’s first agri-circularity program O-Farms is back for the second year running

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Two  peer-selected SMEs will be awarded with milestone based grant funding of upto Euro 25,000.

The O-Farms program is back for the second year running, this time supporting 10 Kenyan-based agri-circularity startups addressing food losses and by-products. Selected startups will benefit from a tailored circularity curriculum, which will help them define their circular solutions, strengthen their business models and access grant funding of upto 25,000 euros.

O-Farms was launched in 2021 as Africa’s first accelerator program focusing on agri-circularity with the goal of making circularity a mainstream approach for improved rural livelihoods and sustainability. So far the program has supported 11 SMEs selected from nine counties in Kenya, seven of the enterprises had female co-founders. Goshen Farm who source and upcycle, aesthetically imperfect fruit into a healthy, natural dried fruit snack and Big Thunder who purchase off-grade, undersized macadamia nuts from smallholder farmers for oil extraction and use in the food and animal feeds were selected by their peers to receive grant funding of 25,000.

E4Impact Accelerator is implementing the O-Farm’s Accelerator Program in Kenya. “As E4Impact our aim is to support SMEs to refine their innovations, strengthen their business models, access financing opportunities and create a founding community advocating for better adoption of a circular economy and supportive policies & legislation.  We are looking forward to receiving the 2nd cohort of agri-circularity SMEs as we strive towards cementing Kenya as an agricultural hub in Africa,” said David Cheboryot, Director of the E4Impact Entrepreneurship Centers.  

Led by Bopinc and Village Capital, O-Farms is focused on accelerating the next generation of innovative circular agribusinesses in Kenya and Uganda. Agri-circularity creates a more sustainable food system that drives innovation through developing innovative business models that reduce agricultural losses, thereby creating new economic opportunities and jobs in the region. In this regard, Kenya is able to sustainably feed its growing population, without depleting its natural resources. O-Farms will build innovation support infrastructure that enables circular agribusiness to grow and develop.

Applications for cohort two are currently ongoing on until 30th September 2022.


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By Michelle Mung’ata

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