Agri-Business Podcast Series ‘Mazao Talks’ Officially Announced

Sheila Kari(left) and Jason Runo(right) - hosts of Mazao Talks

Podcasts have not only gone mainstream in international markets but also in Kenya. The latest one with a focus on agri-business is Mazao Talks.

Mazao Talks will be a knowledge-sharing platform for established and budding farmers to enable young farmers to make the most of the opportunities in agri-business.

The podcast series is in partnership between podcasting studio and incubator SemaBox, Markup Kenya and the EU.

The aim of the podcast is to connect listeners with MARKUP Kenya through stories of ordinary people with whom they can identify.

The first season of Mazao Talks will focus on agri-business development for the youth in 12 counties of Kenya where the project is implemented. 

The content is built around the MARKUP Kenya studies and research results and also features contributions from industry stakeholders such as Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), The Horticulture and Crops Directorate, farmers and The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture.

This Season of the Mazao Talks Podcast will be hosted by Jason Runo and Sheila Kari.

Jason is a free spirit and self-styled media man at large. He has experience in multiple industries from aviation to media. His current work is in beekeeping, work as a corporate MC and as the lead man in the hit improv live event BYSS. He brings his agri-business knowledge to the podcast and will lead conversations targeted towards current practitioners.

Sheila is a top 50 Kenyan Twitter personality with skill and charm for people and products. She’s worked for one of the big 3 media houses in Kenya on one of the biggest afternoon radio shows. Her ability to communicate in highly relatable ways has led her to work on campaigns by the biggest brands in East Africa including Safaricom, EABL and others. She will act as an interlocutor for curious audience members and budding farmers who are interested in starting to farm.

“We are extremely excited at this fresh opportunity to engage with Kenya’s young people and share research that we have built up at MARKUP Kenya. The future of this country relies on our ability to produce food at scale and this is only possible by getting our youth engaged in agri-business” said Mr Maina Karuiru, The National Coordinator for the MARKUP Kenya Project.”

Mr Karuiru added “Kenya’s youth have a great appetite for technology and innovation and in agri-business this can enable them to make a lot of money and create millions of jobs. We hope that this podcast series can go a long way in showcasing this opportunity.”

“Podcasting is the future of media. It’s the best space to curate important conversations and to have them easily distributed online to the people who you want to participate,” said Dan Aceda the Founder and CEO of SemaBOX.

“We are excited to work with MARKUP Kenya on this project and look forward to engaging with the wider Kenyan public about opportunities in agri-business for the youth. We are also looking forward to finding even more innovative ways to create content that can be meaningful to people.”