In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics./FILE
By MARGARET NJUGUNAH, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Kenya has the second highest number of youths with hustles at 40.8 percent, behind Nigeria at 44.4 percent according to GeoPoll Rapid.
In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics.
In Nigeria and Ghana, the youth are into less conventional sectors than those mostly associated with the youth such as ICT, entertainment and online businesses. In South Africa, Food & Beverage is the more popular side hustle for many youth.
The report – which focuses on millennials in Sub-Saharan Africa – seeks to find out what makes African Millennials tick, also found out that, on average only 37 percent, have side businesses.
Apart from... Read more
December 2016 Launch Conference: The Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform will be launched in December of 2016 ( Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th) with an inaugural Session/ Workshop on Technology and Mechanization Adoption. The workshop will be convened at the new (2015 launch) AGCO Corporation Future Farm in Lusaka, Zambia.
Competitiveness & enterprise development project: deadline 30th November 2016
Herewith attached is a call for proposals for
the matching grant facility offered by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).
Sectors of interest are horticulture,
tourism, coffee, grains, pulses, edible oils, fisheries and ICT
See Fourth call proposals attached for details
FAO and e-Agriculture.org are preparing an online forum discussion on "Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Resilience". The forum will take place from 28 November to 13 December 2016.
Many successful experiences on the use of ICTs for Resilience at FAO have already been documented such as eLocust, SWALIM, OpenForis, EMA-i, EMPRES-i, Drought preparedness in Uganda, Disaster preparedness in Dominican Republic etc.
Based on these experiences and others from the partners and members of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice, a two week discussion forum will be held to capitalize on these experiences, to share knowledge and to work towards overall recommendations on the use of ICTs for Resilience.
The discussion will be guided by Subject Matter Experts from different organisations and facilitated by FAO's Knowledge Outreach Team.
The forum can be accessed through the following link:... Read more
Site web, sur lequel vous pouvez trouver plusieurs articles (en francais et anglais) et vous enregistrer pour le magazine:
ICT update magazine is now available, see the following link:
Further background information on ICT solutions in agriculture can be found on the website:
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA www.cta.int), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, would like to invite you to the Pitching Day of the Pitch AgriHack Finals.
Pitch AgriHack aims at accelerating e-agriculture
entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods and food security. It targets
startups founded by young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 35 years,
from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. There will be 25 Startups
offering ICT services to the agri-food sector, which will be involved in
capacity building activities and will be pitching eventually. They come
from 16 countries (including Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Botswana, St
Kitts and Nevis, Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast) and have been selected out
of 152 agtech startups. For more informations, click HERE
The East Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition is an annual event rotating in all partner states of the East African Community (EAC) in collaboration with the respective investment agencies. As Kenya is hosting this years’ edition, KenInvest is our strong partner on the ground!
This three-day conference will bring together high-level government and private sector decision makers from the EAC partner states as well as entrepreneurs and investors from abroad. BDI is EABC’s strong partner in Germany. Through their support also a high-level German participation is expected.
The objective of the East African Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition is to provide an opportunity for business to business (B2B) and business to government (B2G) engagement, a platform for buyers and sellers and to strengthen entrepreneurship in the EAC from within the region and internationally by developing an annual one-stop center for investment and trade op... Read more
Win investment for your start-up at Pitch AgriHack!
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU
(CTA), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the
support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience
International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, is launching the pilot
edition of Pitch AgriHack, a new component of its AgriHack Talent
Pitch AgriHack 2016 is open for young ICT start-ups from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, offering services to the agriculture sector. The entrepreneurs should be owners of an already developed e-agriculture/ICT4Ag application or platform.
Pitch AgriHack will:
1- provide a business training boot camp
2- create a platform for pitching service offered to potential investors
2- facilitate grants, investments and additional incubation/acceleration opportunities.
Two categories are available:
1- Early stage platform
This is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that ha... Read more
The Hackathon is a collaboration between the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice (GFADR), the Government of Uganda and the Government of South Korea to develop ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Ugandan agriculture. #Hack4Ag aims to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and youth engagement in agriculture through technology.
Participating farmers will be given support to scale-up their use of modern inputs and become more effective in the marketing of their harvested products.
Starting date: March or April, 2016
Deadline for Application: 29th February, 2016
Fine details here
This is a new project combining Ethiopia, Senegal, Indonesia and Germany around innovation in ict4agriculture.
The innovation factory is a collaborative effort that brings together initiatives in Ethiopia, Germany, Indonesia and Senegal to develop ICT innovation based on actual needs and localities. As a result, the country units are providing new concepts and approaches in order to propose shared solutions in both a local and a global context.
The enormous gap between the supply and demand of formal credit for smallholder farmers is caused, in part, by the extreme lack of information available to lenders on potential borrowers. The lack of information create risks for financial institutions and limits their willingness to lend to smallholder farmers and other “thin file” borrowers in developing countries.
Ethiopia recently opened a space observatory: Entoto Observatory and Research Centre, the first in East-Africa, and aims to launch its own satellite within five years to monitor farmland and improve telecommunications. “Space technology is a vital need for the development of Ethiopia.”
article courtesy Club Africa - http://www.your-bizbook.com/en/Club-Africa-News/ethiopia-exploring-space
On the top of Mount Entoto, two metal domes stand out against the blue sky and surrounding green fields traditionally ploughed by farmers using oxen. Both futuristic buildings house a computer-controlled optical telescope each of which weighs six tons, is 3 feet (a meter) in diameter and costs about $1.5 million. They are part of the Entoto Observatory and Research Centre, which is the first space observatory in East-Africa.
Ethiopia’s highlands – the Entoto Observatory sits at 3,200 meter – and the ideal climate, which con... Read more
3rd AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURAL MACHINERIES, FOOD, FOOD TECHNOLOGIES AND PACKAGING FAIR
November 27 - 30, 2015 Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Venue: Addis Ababa Exhibition Center
3rd ADDIS AGROFOOD Agriculture, Agricultural Machineries, Food, Food Technologies, and Packaging Exhibition offers important global investment opportunies for sectoral professionals.This will be the perfect platform to expand your business into rising Africa market, and meet with the decision makers.
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After the successful implementation of two editions of the AgriHack Talent initiative, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is pleased to launch the Durban AgriHack Talent Challenge! This event is organised in the framework of the Global Forum on Innovations in Agriculture in Africa (GFIA Africa) Conference, in collaboration with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). AgriHack Talent encompasses a series of activities at the heart of which a national or regional hackathon competition is organised, including capacity building, entrepreneurship support in ICT and agriculture, promotion of the products developed and of best young Talents.
The hackathon will be held in Durban, South Africa, from 28th November to 2nd December 2015. The event is aimed at promoting Youth ICT Innovatio... Read more
SNVs ‘Opportunities for Youth Employment’ (OYE) project is looking for two volunteers to support on-the-ground in the implementation of the project.
The positions are for 1 year, starting from the July 1st in Arusha and Mwanza. Whereby 80% of the time will be spent in the field and 20% at the office.
The volunteers will receive a monthly allowance and are supervised by the OYE project team.
The key requirement is a passion to work with young people in rural areas and the minimum qualifications is a BSC in rural/community development, agri-business, or a related field.
Other key-requirements are stipulated in the Expression of Interest.
Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply before June 25th with a CV and motivation letter.
Are you a young professional in the Water and/or IT sector in Rwanda? And do you want to work together on your greatest ideas and innovative solutions for Rwandan water problems? Then we want you to apply!
Via Water is offering a 5 day workshop near Kigali from 13-17 July 2015, in which you and your team will work on innovative IT solutions for water issues in Rwanda. The most promising solution(s) will receive tailor made prizes in order to further develop their idea.
For more information, check out this website: http://viawater.nl/en/home/happening-now
Deadline for registration: June 8th!
CTA’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project has won an international award in the 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. After being shortlisted earlier this year, the ARDYIS entry was proclaimed winner of the e-agriculture category following a round of online voting and a review by a panel of experts of the three projects receiving the most votes.
Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the CGIAR Research Programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics and other international partners are recruiting PhD students for their collaborative programme entitled: ‘Responsible Life-sciences Innovations for Development in the Digital Age’
For each of the five case studies below they are looking for 2 PhD students who will closely collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team. All PhD students will be supervised by both natural and social scientists.
• Case 1: a crop and disease management expert system in potato production in Ethiopia;
• Case 2: water monitoring and irrigation management for food production in Ghana;
• Case 3: a malaria mosquito radar as a digital citizen science platform in Rwanda;
• Case 4: tick-borne disease and livestock-wildlife man... Read more