AfricaSMAT was founded in 2018 by a group of young people to create a network of young professionals across Kenya. This was with the aim of bringing young professionals of Kenya from all fields but targeting at fostering innovation aimed at improving agriculture. This is a two pronged fork in which apart from improving the standards of living of the smallholder farmers of Kenya and Africa, it also works at creating employment for young professionals in an economy suffering from high rate of unemployment of the young population.
We make agricultural innovation possible by bringing young people together with their great innovative ideas of improving small-scale agriculture and in our network, join these ideas to form mega ideas for agricultural transformation. Together, we source funds for up-scaling these innovations to small holder farmers through fundraising and collaborations. This in return creates employment for the young professionals as well as others in our communities reducing unemployment.
Through partnering with public, private, local and international organizations AfricaSMAT is able to increase its influence and assist in:
- Creating employment
- Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change
- Developing solutions for agricultural water supply
- Empower youth, women and the marginalized in our communities
- Fight malnutrition in our communities
- Create sustainable environments for sustainable agriculture
- Create smart markets for agribusiness
AfricaSMAT and the SDGs
End Extreme Poverty in all Forms by 2030
By making agriculture productive, converting agriculture to agribusiness and avoiding post-harvest losses, AfricaSMAT aims at reducing poverty.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
By encouraging sustainable agriculture, ensuring agricultural production, improving farmer resilience to climate change, promoting climate resilient and nutritious seeds and cultivars, AfricaSMAT assists the world in achieving zero hunger.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
AfricaSMAT works with both young women and men professionals and also empowers women through agricultural projects.
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Through locating, designing and implementation of water harvesting structures AfricaSMAT improves access to safe and affordable water for domestic and agricultural use.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
We encourage employment creation for young people through fostering innovations which grow into projects aimed at improving agriculture. Young people drive these projects to implementation while others are involved in agribusiness.
Take action to combat climate change and its impacts
AfricaSMAT is involved in wetland restoration, agroforestry, afforestation, as well as ensuring farmers and their environments become resilient to climate change.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
AfricaSMAT achieves this by restoring ecosystems and reversing land degradation.
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnerships for sustainable development
Our work is centered around partnering with local and international organizations and institutions in order for us to have a great impact and to attain our goals.