Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE)

We help smallholder farmers and youth in agri-food systems to improve their general well-being through promotion of rural innovations and scaling investments.

Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE)
Family Health Option, 1st Floor, Mbagathi Way, Off-Langata Road, P.O. Box 1285
Family Health Option, 1st Floor, Mbagathi Way, Off-Langata Road, P.O. Box 1285
Nairobi, Nairobi County 00100
Kenya
+254 20 6000040

Board of Directors

Hanningon Odame, Elosy Kangai, Benedict Musumba, Oscar Okumu, Leonard Oduori, David Wafula, Nicky Pouw, Sylvester Namuye, Washington Wafula, Hannington Odame

Mission

We help smallholder farmers and youth in agri-food systems to improve their general well-being through promotion of rural innovations and scaling investments.

Programs

CABE Profile Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE) is a knowledge sharing and learning NGO. The organization builds capacity of smallholder farmers and youth in agri-food systems--and facilitates their linkages to market and other services. It promotes improved food and income security through farmer-youth groups and table banking in the production and marketing of tree, crop and livestock enterprises. CABE's business unit provides capacity building services in Science, Technology and innovation (STI). Vision and Mission CABE's vision is ''to improve the general well-being of smallholder farmers and youth in agri-foods.'' CABE's mission is ''to help smallholder farmers and youth in agri-foods to improve their general wellbeing through promotion of innovations and scaling investments. Strategic Objectives: Mobilize and raise awareness of smallholders on existing and new enterprise opportunities; Identify and prioritize appropriate technologies and institutions; Build competences of smallholders in value addition and market-oriented production. Facilitate linkages of smallholders to relevant market and non-market agencies; and Provide social, legal and economic support to smallholder entrepreneurs. Office and Staff CABE has 3 offices, in Nairobi, Busia and Sioport. Nairobi office is the head office, while the other two are field offices in Western Kenya. The organization remains lean and efficient by relying on a few staff and specialized consultants who are hired for short-term contracts. Currently, CABE has a total of 16 staff, 5 Research Associates, 8 Field Officers and 3 Administrative Staff. CABE's uniqueness is its focus on addressing disconnect' between farmers/youth and policymakers by strengthening their market and non-market linkages and entrepreneurial capacity. Highlights of current projects 1. Table banking: This project enables farmers and youth to improve their well-being through saving and loaning small amounts of money to group members. 2. Promotion of soya bean: CABE is a collaborator in N2 Africa project --which promotes production and marketing of soya bean for soil fertility improvement and income generation. 3. Local poultry project: CABE is promoting local poultry in Busia County by linking producers and intermediaries to markets --to earn money from local poultry products. 4. ICT, Library and Agriculture project: This collaborative initiative of Busia Community Library (BCL) and CABE facilitates youth and farmers to increase farm productivity through access to market information and agricultural technologies by use of library and ICT. CABE has recently launched ICT platform that enhances farmers and young people's access to information on agricultural technology, markets and complementary services to spur rural innovation (www.isubira.org). 5. CABE and University of Amsterdam (UvA) student internship programme: This is a collaborative project to promote practical cross-learning for UvA students and CABE stakeholders. This has led to establishment of Nasirumbi Education Fund (NEF) (http://www.facebook.com/NasirumbiEducationFund) and a new initiative known as Mobilising Education and Mentorship Opportunities (MEMO). The way forward: An Integrated Project CABE is in the process of implementing an integrated project with the following components: table-banking, micro-credit, poultry, soya bean, mentorship, etc. To implement and manage the integrated project in a sustainable manner, CABE is appealing to development partners and well-wishers for financial and other support. In a building block maner, support is required in short-term period (6-12 months), medium-term (2-3 years) and near long-term (from 4 years). Short-term will entail investing in capacity building and training of farmers across the agricultural enterprises value chains of poultry soya bean, etc, financial (micro-credit), small businesses including hand-crafts that can also be marketed through fair trade. There is need for top-up funds to support the existing and modestly successful table banking scheme. Medium- term: In this period, money is required to buy land and invest in capital items (fencing, water harvesting, drip irrigation, greenhouses --for fruit-trees and vegetable production, and construction of storage facility, semi-permanent office and acquisition of hammer mill/feed mixer, hatchery/incubator, etc. Other expenditures include operating expenses (a temporary office, staff wages). Long-term:, CABE plans to build training/business center on the land and purchase office furniture and computers. Expected use of generated revenue The revenue generated from this integrated projects would help CABE in the following ways: To work towards financial self-sufficiency after 5 years, especially on re-current expenses such as salaries and office administration. To mentor young people and contribute to school fees for bright and needy students under NEF -in what we refer as inter-generation knowledge learning and innovation. To leveraging agri-business development especially for young people and other talented persons on business entrepreneurship, for example, set-up an award scheme for the best performing entrepreneurs. To build simple eco-friendly facility and encourage talented people from other parts of the world and student interns to come and participate in rural innovations and investments.

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