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Northern Uganda Agribusiness Finance Fair

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  26 April 2017 to 27 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Gulu District : Acholi Inn Hotel (workshop) and TAKS Centre (Exhibition)

Theme: Scaling up Financing of Youth Agribusinesses for Improved Livelihoods

The AgriProFocus Uganda Innovation Communities on Access to Finance and Youth In Agribusiness (i.e. SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN, The Hunger Project, Uhuru, AMFIU, ) in collaboration with, the Northern Uganda partners; Technoserve, VSO, AVSI, Save the Children, Straight Talk Foundation, BOSCO –Uganda, SOS, TASO Gulu, WPDI-Gulu, U-Touch Uganda, WORLD EDUCATION, CPA, NUYDC-LABRA, PELUM and GNED-G are organizing to convene a two day Agribusiness Fair with an overall objective of facilitating platforms for building business & market linkages and brokering deals between youth Agrepreneurs and financial services providers including insurance companies and other value chain actors for improved agricultural production and productivity.

Day 1: Will include: The Agribusiness workshop and Exhibitions.

Day 2: Exhibition continues and business linkages

The intended Agribusiness Linkages:

  • Financing Opportunities

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Jeune Leader, Youth Magazine,

Dear All, we are launching a call for Articles and Papers for the 4th Edition of Jeune Leader, please don't hesitate to share your issues and success with Great Lakes Youth in Agriculture

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Dans le cadre de contribuer à la création de l’emploi des jeunes et lutter contre l’insécurité alimentaire au Burundi, le réseau AgriProFocus Burundi a privilégié dans son programme de 2017 le soutien des jeunes en agro business pour qu’ils s’intéressent au secteur agricole porteur d’avenir et créateurs d’emplois dans notre pays. C'est dans ce contexte que le réseau a organisé le 22 avril 2017, à City Hill Hotel, un atelier de mise sur pied d'une communauté d’innovation “jeunes et agribusiness”


La Mise sur pied de cette communauté était une occasion de rassembler les jeunes intéressés par le secteur agricole et de mettre dans nos programmes l’inclusion des jeunes dans les chaînes de valeur. C’était une occasion de Partager les objectifs du Réseau AgriProFocus avec les différents acteurs intervenant sur la question de l’employabilité des Jeunes.


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Philippe AKPAKI Félicitations. La communauté d'innovation jeunesse et entrepreneuriat du Bénin existe il y a de cela deux ans. on serait ravi de partager notre expérience en la matière avec vous

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Circular economy inspires young people to change the world(From the Guardian)

From an aquaponics start-up to a pop up hospital design, schools and universities are engaging with circular economy principles

The circular economy presents a chance for young people to take charge of their lives by being creative, innovative and resourceful. Photograph: Photofusion/REX
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“So many of my classmates and other friends say ‘I want to change the world’. The amazing thing is that most of us believe we can.” Max Hornick, a 26-year-old student at Western Michigan University, is reflecting on how the circular economy is inspiring young people to work for the social good.

Together with a team of four other students at WMU, Hornick recently won the 2015 Wege Prize for sustainable thinking with Local Loop Farms, an aquaponics food production concept that has since evolved into a community agricultural start-up.

“One of the biggest s

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
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Launch of ‘Innovations Against Poverty’ challenge fund

Take the Challenge, Make the Change!

Kampala, Uganda. Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) launches its first call for proposals on 30th March 2017.

IAP is a specialised fund developed to identify and support innovative Inclusive Business ideas that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for low income people, while advancing the inclusion and economic empowerment of women and youth. IAP is funded by Sida (Swedish International Development Agency) and managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden.

Private companies have proven to be effective catalysts of change when it comes to creating opportunities for low income people to lift themselves out of poverty, through new job opportunities, increased income and access to basic goods and services. At the same time, low income markets represent a large busines

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Report: Youth in Agribusiness Roundtable meeting, 22 March 2017

AgriProFocus Kenya  hosted a Youth in Agribusiness stakeholders round table breakfast meeting on the 22nd of March at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi. This meeting brought together stakeholders working in the youth in agribusiness space from development, private sector, research and academia, young entrepreneurs and government.

The objective of the meeting was to share our journey as a network on what we have been able to achieve, our plans for the future in light of the new strategy; and to have the various stakeholders share and learn from each others experiences and work.

Key from the meeting was the need for more collaborations and partnerships as well as more sharing of our work as stakeholders which reduces duplication of efforts. The stakeholders committed to supporting each other, as well as contributing to the success of the planned flagship projects for 2017. This includes learning labs, business t

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Nothing for the youth without the youth!

How many youth-related conferences have you been to where youth issues are being articulated by an older generation? For me, there have been so many I have lost count.

That’s why being at the Young Africa Works Summit 2017 was a breath of fresh young air. This Summit was a departure from the norm in four key ways:

The Youth Delegates

Fifty young people were invited to attend the conference either as speakers, delegates or session panelists and even more were attendees. At a Summit of more than 300 people, young people were well represented in a number of diverse roles.

The Keynote Addresses

Imagine being at an event where keynote addresses are delivered by young people and they introduce their peers. Now stop dreaming because that was the reality at the Young Africa Works Summit.

Youth co-hosts Laetitia Mukungu, Founder of Africa Rabbit Centre and Rita Kimani, the Co-founder and CEO of FarmDrive introduced the keynote speakers, thre

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Project Manager Youth Leadership Development Project Job at The international institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)

The international institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is a community development and hands-on training organization with more than 50 years of experience. IIRR has implemented people centered; sustainable development programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and today, maintain a strong presence in East Africa and South East Asia.

IRR believes in inspiring, building capacity, and supporting people to fight poverty in their own communities. To do this, we work directly with partners in the community to implement sustainable, community development projects, to test innovations, and to document and widely share our joint work through publications, videos, and conferences.

Vacancy title: Project Manager Youth Leadership Development Project

Deadline of this Job: Sunday March 26th, 2017

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Job details can be found here

Job applicati

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GAAAP Module II: Finance & Resource Mobilization

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  04 April 2017 - 09:00 to 05 April 2017 - 17:30
  Nairobi, Kenya

Securing access to finance is one of the most repeated needs/challenges of young Agripreneurs. The second GAAAP module is focused on providing participants with an overview of the various types of finance available and insight about how to access these funds. The module will give delegates an opportunity to present their businesses and discuss their capital needs for expansion before a panel of financiers. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
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Creating a sustainable replacement to wood and charcoal

I was born in a small village in southern Rwanda, where the majority of inhabitants rely on subsistence farming for their daily living. Given its far distance from the national grid, the village has no access to electricity, and biomass is the main source of fuel. As I grew up facing these challenges firsthand, I developed a passion for having a direct role in improving my livelihood and the livelihoods of my fellow villagers.

I started a company called Habona Ltd. that collects organic waste and turns it into products like briquettes, biogas, and organic fertilizers. Our briquettes are a sustainable replacement to the wood charcoal that people have been using for many years, which in turn helps to combat deforestation, and the indoor pollution caused by smoke emitted while burning wood as a cooking fuel.

The byproduct of the briquette and biogas production process is fresh fermented organic fertilizer that can be used in place of ch

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Reducing poverty and malnutrition: the CARL Group story

In 2014, a youth-led company, CARL Group, made up of four young entrepreneurs from Rwanda had an idea: to process orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) and turn them into baked goods. Hardworking, determined, passionate and business-minded, the company has added value by taking what was once considered a valueless crop and creating healthy, consumable vitamin A products.

My name is Clarisse and I’m the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of the CARL Group. I grew up in an area where sweet potatoes are grown extensively. Rwanda has been rated many times as one of the largest producers of sweet potatoes, growing approximately 80 kg per capita annually. They are farmed predominately by women.

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Youth in Agribusiness Round table Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  22 March 2017, 07:00-10:00

AgriProFocus believes that the participation of youth in agri food sector is critical. In our new strategy on youth in agribusiness (2018-2022) , we recognize youth as key players in the sector. AgriProFocus aims to increase the number of successful youth led enterprises and the number of youth as key actors in the agrifood sector in decision making processes. As a way to enhance this, the participation of all stakeholders towards joint efforts and collaborations of supporting the youth is critical. It is against this background that AgriProFocus would like to bring together stakeholders (youth, private sector, development organizations, research and academia, government and international organizations) in the Youth in Agribusiness thematic area for a breakfast meeting. 

The aim of this meeting is to share our journey on youth in agribusiness, what we have been able to achieve so far, where we are and our aspirations for the future as a network. This will include sharing of knowle

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UN women and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have joined forces to improve youth employment in Tanzania.

Watch the video below 

Janine Schoeman Hi Hilda, I was going to watch the video because it sounds really interesting. But the link gives an error. Can you enter the link again please? Thanks!

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Hilda Okoth Janine Schoeman I have entered the link again. Thanks for the heads up.

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Katarina Mungure very interesting , thanks for sharing Hilda

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The Ministry of Youth Sport & Child Development will be hosting a Youth Entrepreneurs & Innovation Exhibitions on the 9th & 10th March 2017 at the New Government Complex in Lusaka under the theme "Unity and Innovation for a Smart Zambia.”  AND ARE LOOKING FOR YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS TO EXHIBIT AT THE EVENT!

Please click here to learn how you can exhibit. Youth entrepreneurs are encouraged to find sponsors to cover the costs. The deadline is Tuesday 7th March, 2017.


The Main Objective of the Exhibition is to recognize the efforts of our youths who have established their own ventures and are contributing to wealth and employment creation in all walks of life.

The Exhibition will be an opportunity for government agencies and the private sector to learn more about the youth-led economy and find ways of harnessing its power in national development. This will enable those making a difference in their own right to have an opportunity to engage poli

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Youth in Agribusiness Strategy Meeting:

In our new Global strategy, Youth is among the critical thematic areas the network would like to be more engaged in. As a way to enhance that, some of our youth in agribusiness thematic facilitators met in Nairobi last year November to develop our direction as a network on youth engagement in agribusiness. The objective of this meeting was to clearly define our approach on youth in agribusiness within the new strategy .Through sharing of experiences we have encountered in our countries in the past, we were able to develop a strategy on youth in agribusiness that includes well defined objectives (overall and specific) and a number of flagship projects.The flagship projects included Learning labs, Youth Caravan and Mapping.

Find Full Report here


2017 National Youth Entrepreneurs and Innovation Exhibition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  09 March 2017, All Day Event
  New Government Complex Independence Avenue, Lusaka

The Ministry of Youth Sport & Child Development will be hosting a Youth Entrepreneurs & Innovation Exhibitions on the 9th & 10th March 2017 at the New Government Complex in Lusaka under the theme "Unity and Innovation for a Smart Zambia.”

The Main Objective of the Exhibition is to recognize the efforts of our youths who have established their own ventures and are contributing to wealth and employment creation in all walks of life.

The Exhibition will be an opportunity for government agencies and the private sector to learn more about the youth-led economy and find ways of harnessing its power in national development. This will enable those making a difference in their own right to have an opportunity to engage policy makers and other decision makers while having their achievements celebrated. Further, this is an unparalled platform for youths to address the barriers and opportunities in their respective arenas.

For details contact the Provincial Youth Development Office nearest to you o

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Bonjour Chers membres du réseau, nous avons le plaisir de partager avec vous la Vidéo de la 3ème édition de la caravane des jeunes pour l'entreprenariat agricole, qui s'est déroulée du 04 au 11 Novembre 2016 sur l'axe Bamako-Sikasso-Bobo Dioulasso. Le thème de cette édition " L'auto -emploi agricole ,passons à l'acte" Nous attendons avec impatience vos impressions !

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Watch out for these changemakers! Youth Caravan 2016. Mali

Very happy to share with you the video of the Youth Caravan that took place in Mali in November last year.  The caravan is a moment to learn, share and celebrate young entrepreneurs in agribusiness. While travelling from Bamako to Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina many entrepreneurs, organisations and farms were visited. A tight community of (future) changemakers was formed, that continues to meet and learn from each other today. 

Hilda Okoth Very interesting. OMARY A. MWAIMU, Juma Bruno Ngomuo, Marloes Philippo

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OMARY A. MWAIMU Very interesting 

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Daoulata MAIGA Merci Hilda et OMARY !

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Why We Need to Teach Agriculture in Schools

There is unease about the proposed translocation of agriculture and other vocational subjects from the secondary school curriculum to technical institutes. This comes at the dawn of growing youth unemployment and criticism of the school curriculum as being too elitist with no practical skills to equip learners for afterschool life. The rural exodus by school leavers is fuelling urban squalor and crime as young people who seek livelihoods in towns end up in crowded suburbs.

Most young people who come to town cannot find formal employment and end up in squalid suburbs. Wakiso District is probably home to many of these youths who are trapped between the rural life and the city.

Agriculture development requires movement of people into urban areas to create space for large scale mechanisation of farms and increase productivity per person. Urban migration also creates opportunities for agricultural markets which arise from increased demand for food by

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Why we need more youth in agriculture

On Friday, Namboole sports stadium was full of people from different walks of life to attend the Harvest Money Expo organised by the Vision Group.

I was one of the early birds to attend the three-day event for farmers, suppliers and experts in the agricultural sector, where they shared new technologies and how to farm during this period of climatic changes.

As I was walking to the training session, I met a gray-haired old man seated at the stadium stairs. He seemed to be in his 70s. He was sipping soda and eating mchomo. I asked him why he did not send his grand-children to learn and take back the information to him. He cleared his throat and told me, “you young people do not want to engage in farming”.

His response prompted me to ask Dr Diana Nambatya during her urban training session how we can attract young people to agriculture. In the queue waiting for my turn to ask, four out of the six people who asked questions had retired from the service

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Jimmy Ouni After the morning showers of Saturday, i patiently queued ready to attend the trainings at the Harvest Money expo, i was amazed by all the training and exhibitions, l learned a great deal and this very program and platform, this left me wandering how little this information has actually reached the target group. if only these trainings and information is disseminated down to farmers groups up in the farming areas, say village levels. i am looking forward to exhibiting next year.

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BAJJA FRUIT FARM Ashiraf Thank you so much. Your observations are really timely and spot on. Uganda can not be proud of having a youth ( youngest) population when they are not productive. We can not also focus on the youth without them. I too visited the stall of Operation Wealth Creation & Ministry of Agriculture and found out that All the officers manning them were over 40 yrs creating a generation gap. For the Country to be able to lure the youth back into Agriculture, interventions must be for and by the youth. On a recent visit to our passion fruit farm, one of the youth leaders during the discussion said "Nothing for us without us" meaning, however- good the program can be, if it is without the target group, it can not succeed.
Visit us at our farm in Lukaya along Maska road (0785 012 674/0704 610376 whatsup)

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