The Agriculture, Youth and Technology (AYuTe) Kenya Challenge recognises the most promising young agri-tech innovators across the country. Optimerce Consulting, a business that digitises the process of produce collection at farm-gate through mobile apps, was named the winner of the competition, who got a cash grant of Ksh 1 million.
RafikiPay a company that deals with the processing of sunflower, groundnuts, soya and canola oil from the hybrid seeds, emerged as the first runner-up, winning a cash grant of Ksh500,000. The second runner-up Agrodiverse Ltd Kenya walked away with Ksh250,000.
Agrodiverse converts insects, earthworms into sources of protein in animal feed and high-quality organic fertilisers. Heifer International introduced the award to promote affordable solutions in line with its goal of helping more than six million smallholder farmers in Africa to earn a sustainable living income.
The Kenyan award winners were chosen from a field of young agri-tech innovators from across the country and were announced during Heifer’s gala awards ceremony held in Nairobi early September. A company must have developed a tech solution to address smallholder farmer challenges with strong potential to scale to be considered for the award.