What is an agri-business entrepreneur?

An agri-business entrepreneur refers to an owner or a manager of an agricultural based business enterprise who makes money through risk and initiatives. The range of activities are businesses that involve food production such as farming, input supply, agrochemicals, farm machinery, value added processing, marketing, retail sales, wholesales and distriution.

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How can this agri-business course help me as an entrepreneur?

The certificate program will offer agribusiness entrepreneurs an array of appropriate business skills???? through case study teaching and forms of participatory learning that have been tailored to the actual conditions and problems thay are faced with in their business environment. The training will among others build your leadership, management marketing and information technology skills.

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What is the minimum qualification required to join the program?

The minimum qualification is a form four certificate. There may be exceptions where the candidate can demonstrate a good masterly of the language of instruction.

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Who does this program target?

This certicate is not intended for tose who want to start a small business, rather it targets owners/ of existing businesses that have been running in the last three years?with an annual turnover of US $ 8000 (Kshs. 640,000) or more that are currently offering services to smallholder farmers and/or are interested to procure from smallholder?farmers.

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Who is elligible to apply for this course?

Any agricultural based businessmen or women can apply. As long as they have an operational registered business and are able to communicate fluently in English

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I own an agribusiness but I don’t keep proper books of accounting, can I apply?

Yes, infact this course is meant to support and enlighten you to start keeping proper?business records and use the information for decision making.

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Can I be enrolled into the certificate program even if I have not passed in my form four exams?

Each application is considered on an individual basis. We do not only look at your educational qualifications, rather a combination of different factors including your passion grows your business, your experience and sustainability of the business.

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What is the duration of the agri-business course?

The course will be delivered over a period of 4 months with one week sessions each month; three modules will be delivered per session. Participants will be given practical assignments to complete within their respective agribusiness enterprises for the remaining three weeks of the month.

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Can I apply online?

Yes! You can. You can either fill an online version of the form, or download the form complete it then scan it and send it to the email indicated. Remember to send the supporting documents either in soft or hard copy.

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Can I study the online?

No, at the moment this is a residential training, with a lot of support online in form of Wrap around services. We may may consider different mode of delivery in the future.

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Is agri-business an examinable course?

No. Participants will be given practical assignments in form of workbook to complete and aslo develop action plan for their respective agribusiness enterprises. They will develop a business plan for their businesses which they will present at the end of the training.

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How do I join the agribusiness program?

All you need to do is to send an email to Agribusiness@usiu.ac.ke asking for applications. Alternatively you can call telephone number 36066511/606/616 or 0707892499

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Will agribusiness students have access to university facilities such as library, computers etc?

Yes! The students will have access to computer lab at specific times.

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When is the next intake for the agribusiness course?

The next intake will be in April 2013 starting classes in June 2013

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I was not taken when I applied the first time, should I reapply?

We recommend that you do not reapply immediately because applicants who were not successful in the first intake are automatically considered for the subsequent intake. But it’s important you provide us with much detailed information as? you can when you first apply. Unless there is significantly more information, it’s not worthwhile reapplying.

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Do I have to look for money for accommodation and meals?

No. The program scholarship caters for both accommodation and meals for all participants enrolled for the program.

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If I do not want to stay in the residence can I commute or are there other options?

Participants are encouraged to stay in residential accommodation arranged for them so that they can have an opportunity for informal learning sessions that take place after formal sessions. However participants who reside near campus can commute at their own cost but have got to arrange with the Project Manager.

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What are the wraps around services?

These are services meant to nurture the agribusiness entrepreneurs upon completion of the training. They include visits by a team of consultants from USIU to each participant?s business, mentorship program where the entrepreneurs are linked with mentors to nurture them to successful businesses and a help desk support that involves consultants from USIU supporting entrepreneurs? business activities by providing professional advice on business challenges. The program will also facilitate the formation of an ?alumni organization,? which will provide a forum for networking among program graduates.

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