Youth - Jeunesse

Young entrepreneurs in Agribusiness

moderated by Caroline van der Molen

AgriProFocus members worldwide recognize that involvement of young people in food production and agri-business is essential for a healthy world food system. 

This page is a place where you can share your ideas, initatives, experiences and publications regarding this topic. 

It is also the place where you can see updates about AgriProFocus activities on this important theme.

In the menu on the left you find a resources page with key documents and videos posted on YouTube. See the 'Recommended Reading' pages on the left for country specific information on the topic. 


Youth4Agribusiness Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  22 July 2017, All Day Event

The Youth4Agribusiness Day Event is where youth owned/run agribusinesses find the next gear. It's the biggest feature of this year’s Source of the Nile National Agriculture Show in Jinja and offers a wealth of opportunity, advice and information crucial for the successful growth of agribusinesses from a cross all segments of the agricultural value chains.

The Youth4Agribusiness Day even makes this year’s Source of the Nile National Agriculture Show more committed than ever before in providing Uganda’s young agriprenuers with everything needed to improve, evolve and expand their agribusinesses.

Key Highlights

Training, Agri-Talks, youth centric exhibitions, agribusiness clinics, agri-careers clinics, Debates, inspirational stories, networking and the big party at the end of the day.

Also come and learn about the different youth in agribusiness focused programmes/initiatives in Uganda for ease of access to funding, market information and other agribusiness support services.

To be Part:


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Avis aux jeunes burundais : participez au concours #Blog4D

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Burundi
  22 June 2017 - 16:00 to 31 July 2017 - 23:59
  Banque Mondiale Burundi

Comment stimuler l’emploi et les débouchés professionnels des jeunes ?  

Si vous êtes citoyen(ne) burundais(e) âgé(e) de 18 à 28 ans et vivez actuellement au Burundi, votre avis nous intéresse !

À travers le concours #Blog4Dev, la Banque mondiale invite les jeunes burundais à s’exprimer et échanger leurs idées sur un thème particulier. Pour cette quatrième édition, nous vous demandons de réfléchir à la manière de stimuler l’emploi et les débouchés professionnels des jeunes.

Pour participer au concours et gagner peut-être un voyage à Washington ou passer une semaine au bureau de la Banque mondiale au Burundi, répondez à la question suivante en rédigeant un billet de 500 mots maximum avant le 31 juillet 2017 :

À votre avis, comment créer davantage de débouchés professionnels pour les jeunes au Burundi ?

Vous devrez envoyer votre proposition avant le 31 juillet 2017 en remplissant le formulaire disponible ici :

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus RD Congo
  08 July 2017, 08:00-16:00
  Chefferie de Kaziba, Territoire de Walungu, Province du Sud-Kivu en RD Congo

La Coopérative des jeunes AgriPreneurs du Kivu organise une formation sur l'entrepreneuriat des jeunes en faveur des jeunes de la chefferie de Kaziba.

Merci pour votre soutien en terme de finance pour le succès de cette activité.

Nous contactez sur : (+243) 977401933; 840749091.

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 21 June 2017 at 08:36

Global Youth Video Comeptition 23 - Win Your Way to COP 23 in Bonn, Germany!

The Competition

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 we want to hear about the inspiring actions you are taking to combat climate change in a compelling and concise maximum three minute video. We would like you to showcase for us a project or campaign you are involved in which relates to one of this year's categories.

Cell phone GYVCCategory 1: Climate friendly and resilient cities

3.5 billion people live in cities today and their populations will continue to increase in the coming decades, especially in developing countries. Cities account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions.

Developing sustainable cities and communities is one of the key components in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change. We are asking young people to submit videos that showcase activities which contribute to climate friendly and resilient cities.
We are looking for videos which s

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  12 June 2017 - 09:00 to 30 June 2017 - 23:59

Youth Development Initiative (YDI) invites individuals, partners, NGOs, INGOs, Local government, Donors for generous support  on agricultural for 400 unemployed youth groups in Uganda project. Youth Development Initiative with partners will implement the project to 400 unemployed youth groups for increased food production, self-employment and improved economic- welfare amongst youth. In support of the project ;You may donate on Global giving platform and the project will start accepting donations on Monday 12th June 2017 at 9.00AM. You donations will support following activities for the group.

$15 will buy 1 litre of Diamethoate (Pesticide), 1 kilogram of Diathane M45 (fungicide) and 2 litres of green organic manure for a youth group demo (400 youth group demos).

$20 will buy fuel for agronomist for 14 days a month for 6 months (youth group training, demo set up and follow-up).

$25 will buy a full set of protective gear (an overall, a pair of gum boots, a pair of googles and masks, a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 June 2017 at 07:55

Heifer launches Tanzania School Milk Program 

Since 2008, our Tanzania program has focused on helping dairy farmers increase milk production. And we’ve seen incredible success with demand for milk rising at a rate of 7 percent per year.

Now, we are broadening that focus to create more viable and diverse markets for these farmers. With the help of our farmers, government agencies, and school districts, we’ve created a school milk feeding program to encourage a generation of milk-drinkers and increase the well-being and nutrition of eager students. It will also create and expand a reliable market to deliver milk to kids in need of the vitamins and minerals milk provides.

Milk will be collected from farmers in the East Africa Dairy Development project, then processed into 8-ounce packages.

Packaged milk will then be distributed to school children ages 9 and younger.

Delivery will occur each day of the 200-day school year to 10,000 children in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 30 May 2017 at 06:48


Janine Schoeman Hi Gizaw, will you post this as an event as well so it shows up in the calendar? Thanks

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 May 2017 at 02:46


“Feeding the World, Changing Lives”  

Theme: Youth in Agribusiness for Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development!  

AgriProFocus in collaboration with like-minded organizations, that include; Uhuru Institute of Social Development, Agriterra, Actionaid, Clusa, AVSI, Agrotourism, DARAS, CURAD, Excel Hort, Uganda National Farmers Federation, Uganda National Young Farmers Association, TUNADO, Young Agribusiness Network, European Union, National Parliamentary Youth Forum are organising a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2017, with an overall objective of creating a platform for joint actions on motivating youth into agribusiness. This shall be achieved through; peer 2 peer exchanges and learning from youth led agribusiness enterprises, exposure farm-firm field visits within and across borders as well as interfacing with policy/decision makers of relevant Government ministries, departments and agencies.


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1 month 1 day ago

Tafadzwa Ziwa Is it possible for me also but based in Zimbabwe

4 weeks 11 hours ago

Jacob Olanya Hello Tafadzwa Ziwa , the Caravan will take place in Uganda, and therefore if you choose to participate you will need to travel to Uganda.

3 weeks 6 days ago

Mugisha Richard Hi my brother Tafadzwa, how is Zim. Hope you still remember me. I met you in 2008. Are you still working with Atai? Now this is a caravan that you must not miss. We are getting youth from the netherlands, Kenya. So having you in Uganda is a great a pleasure. A lot to learn, a lot to share

3 weeks 6 days ago

SSEKYEWA HENRY Its really great i have  liked and hope to take part ..thanks

2 weeks 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 May 2017 at 06:57

What Does It Take to Be a Successful Farmer?

To be successful, a farmer must know a great deal about his land and the products he plans to raise.

Every plant and animal is a complicated organism. He who wishes to succeed in the culture of wheat, rye, corn, tobacco, or cotton, for example, must be thoroughly familiar with the characteristics of the plant, its germination and growth, the diseases and blights to which it is susceptible, and the methods of controlling them.

The dairy farmer and rancher must be acquainted with the characteristics of his cattle; their feed requirements, their breeding habits, and their common illnesses. Likewise, fruit farming requires expert knowledge of tree growth as well as grafting, pruning, spraying, and fertilizing.

After carefully weighing the pros and cons of farming versus other occupations and deciding in favor of the former, you are ready to consider the questions: Shall I buy or rent a farm? Where shall I farm? What kind of farming shall I undertake

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 May 2017 at 03:13

Accelerate Africa's Industrial Transformation by Unlocking African Entrepreneurs Potential - Africa Economic Outlook 2017

African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 released Monday, May 22 at the African Development Bank Group’s 52nd Annual Meetings.

In 2016, Africa’s economic growth slowed down to 2.2% from 3.4% in 2015 due to low commodity prices, weak global recovery and adverse weather conditions, which impacted on agriculture production in some regions. However, it is expected to rebound to 3.4% in 2017 and 4.3% in 2018. This assumes that as commodity prices recover, the world economy will be strengthened and domestic macroeconomic reforms are entrenched.

In fact, there are promising developments across the continent. Africa’s growth increasingly relies on domestic sources, as shown by dynamic private and government consumption that combined, accounted for 60% of

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 23 May 2017 at 12:00

Pre-selection for  training livestock value chain actors

AAIN in collaboration with AU IBAR are organizing a training targeting youth in livestock ventures in East and West Africa.

If you are between the age of 18-35 and are engaged in the livestock value chain at different levels training is for you. 

Fill in the form also on the link below whose info will be used to select final participants during the training which will take place in Dakar- Senegal in the third week of June 2017

Deadline for consideration is tomorrow the 24th May 2017  

NB/ the form is a Pre-selection tool and doesn’t guarantee your participation since we have limited slots.


Dr. Alula Pankhurst on Rural Youth Dev. & Entrepreneurship

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  01 June 2017, 17:30-19:00
  BlueMoon Initiative, METI Building, Bole area (Between Edna Mall and Atlas Hotel)

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Fireside Chat with the well-known Dr. Alula Pankhurst and his co-researcher Catherine Dom on“Youth Development & Entrepreneurship: Pathway to Independence” on Thursday June 1stfrom 5:30PM – 7:00PM(walk-in and registration from 5:00PM) at the office of Dr. Eleni's BlueMoon Initiative.

This Fireside Chat is organized by AgriProFocus' Youth in Agribusiness Community in cooperation with the BlueMoon Initiative. In the form of an interactive session of knowledge sharing and question and answer moments, Dr. Alula Pankhurst and Catherine Dom will share their research findings on the topics of:

1) Youth transformation to adulthood and independence

2) Young women’s economic participation

3) Successful youth entrepreneurship

These research findings are part of a 20+ year longitudinal study of community change in rural Ethiopia of which Dr. Alula is the lead researcher. The purpose of sharing this highly valuable research is to provide all actors that ar

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The Agribusiness Youth Caravan, 2017

Event posted by in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
  19 August 2017 to 25 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Country wide

The Agribusiness Youth Caravan, 2017. 

AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness program in partnership with like minded organizations, Institutions, private sector companies and value actors; will create more platforms for joint actions on motivating youth into agribusiness through; peer 2 peer exchanges and learning from youth led agribusiness enterprises, exposure field visits within and across borders, promote being a part of the cooperatives, household learning, use of mass media and motivational talks. 

This will be a 7-day agribusiness learning caravan from one point to another, starting from Kampala, through the region and back to the national level as a climax, launching the agribusiness campaign (Feeding the world, changing lives). This caravan will draw participants from all regions of the country. Other successful value actors from different areas will be sharing their own experiences through question and answer approach. 

The caravan will involve the media houses as

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 9 May 2017 at 09:19

Atelier International pour le lancement du programme ouest  africain Youth In Agribusiness de la FAO, Accra du 10 au 11 Mai 2017

Le réseau AgriProFocus est invité par la FAO pour partager son expérience et faire des propositions  pertinentes pour la formulation du programme de promotion de la jeunesse dans l'agriculture L'atelier rassemblera le personnel du siège de la FAO , des bureaux régionaux et des pays engagés dans la promotion de l'emploi des jeunes dans l'agriculture et l'agro-industrie. Les principaux partenaires, les représentants du gouvernement, les experts, ainsi que les praticiens et les représentants des jeunes seront invités à partager leurs approches et expériences précieuses et à discuter des possibilités de partenariat. Le réseau AgriProFocus est invité à faire une présentation, en mettant l'accent sur les discussions interactives pour partager ses différentes activités liées à la jeunesse.

La FAO, à l’instar des organisations

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Daoulata MAIGA Merci Georges pour ce partage ,nous sommes ravis de participer à cet atelier international pour partager avec ce beau monde notre expérience pour la promotion de l'entreprenariat agricole jeune dont nous sommes fières . I LOVE AGRIBUSINESS

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 May 2017 at 01:57

Northern Region Agribusiness Finance Fair - Summary report.  

Harriet Okunia, the Relationship Manager,Housing Finance Bank, Gulu Branch, confirmed that they have opened between 50-100 accounts for the youth in agribusiness during and after the agri finance fair. "Thank you AgriProFocus and partners for organizing this event “  

On the 26th and 27th of April 2017 AgriProFocus Uganda Innovation Communities on Access to Finance and Youth In Agribusiness (SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN) in collaboration with, the Northern Uganda partners; Technoserve, AVSI, Save the Children, Smart up, Action Aid, BOSCO – Uganda, WPDI-Gulu, NUYDC-LABRA, PELUM, YALI organized a two day Agribusiness Fair. It was intended to facilitate platforms for building business & market, brokering deals between youth Agri-preneurs and financial services providers and other value chain actors for improved agricultural production and productivity.  

The event attracted a total of 739 participants and 69 exhibitor

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 8 May 2017 at 10:35


An AVSI initiative sponsored by Embassy of Netherlands in collaboration with different implementing partners to provide a platform for knowledge transfer among the youth and gainful employment for sustainable income generation.

 Agromax is one of such implementing partners that is working with a number of youth to create meaningful impact on the individuals and their communities as a whole

Individual story of Kasozi James

James, aged 24 years, was born and raised up in Busula Village, Wakiso District in Central Uganda to parents who were practicing Agriculture at a subsistence level.

James grew up admiring Mr. Mulwana, a successful entrepreneur and farmer in the neighborhood and wanted to be like him. However, James’ dream came to a halt when after S.4, he couldn’t continue with his education due to financial hardships.” Being out of school was unbearable and tormenting to me’’, James recalls. “All the dreams and plans that I h

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Learning Event #1

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  18 May 2017, 08:30-13:00 Coworking Space, Perkantoran Grand Panglima Polim Kav 90, Jalan Panglima Polim No. 16-17,

Innovative Production Technology for Agriculture : A lesson learned from Hack-a-Farm

AgriProFocus Indonesia, Hack-a-Farm Innovation Camp chapter Indonesia, dan dengan gembira mengundang Anda untuk hadir dalam Learning Event “Innovative Production Technology for Agriculture : A lesson learned from Hack-a-Farm”.

Dalam acara ini dua tim pemenang Hack-a-Farm Innovation Camp akan berbagi pembelajaran proses kreatif pembuatan teknologi teknologi pelayu vanili oleh Amazing Agriculture dan teknologi pengusir hama tikus berbasis sistem audio oleh Teknotani.

Proses pembelajaran akan didampingi mentor Hack-a-Farm:

Walesa Danto, | Tantyo Bangun, | Aryo Wiryawan, Indmira

Mengapa inovasi ini dibutuhkan? Apa saja tantangan yang dihadapi anak muda mewujudkan inovasi ini? Temukan jawabannya di acara ini.

Kamis, 18 Mei 2017 | 08.30 – 13.00 | di Coworking Space, Perkantoran Grand Panglima Polim Kav 90, Jalan Panglima Polim No. 16-17, Jakarta Sela

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 May 2017 at 07:34


Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing issues in Tanzania. The number of young people who enter the labour force exceeds the available jobs. According to official data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2014, the economy created about 282,382 formal-sector jobs while an estimated 800,000 to one million youths enter the labour market at the same time. Yet, the number of job seekers is expected to double by 2030. According to the World Bank, the size of Tanzania’s youth, which was about 8.1 million in 2010, will rise to 11 million by 2020 and 15 million by 2030.

In the near absence of formal jobs, especially for entry-level positions, many educated young people are looking to agriculture and agribusiness for employment opportunities. From Dar es Salaam to Arusha up to the lake region in Mwanza, a growing number of educated youths are now investing in agriculture.

One of such people is Deborah Simon Malaba. After struggling to

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 28 April 2017 at 11:12


Ce Guide pour l’agripreneuriat TIC a été conçu pour aider les jeunes entrepreneurs à exploiter au mieux les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC). Basé sur l’expérience acquise par le CTA lors de nombreuses activités menées avec les jeunes dans le secteur des nouvelles technologies, ce guide vise à fournir aux agripreneurs débutants les connaissances techniques et les compétences commerciales nécessaires pour se lancer avec succès dans une aventure e-agricole. Le manuel est aussi destiné aux incubateurs et aux institutions qui soutiennent ces jeunes entrepreneurs.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 25 April 2017 at 06:35

IITA Young AgriPreneurs Program

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) a non-profit institutions that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa's most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation embarked on empowering unemployed university graduates into commercial farmers, an initiative that will transform them into agripreneurs. An idea borrowed from Nigeria in 2012.

The IITA, Eastern Africa Hub Director, Dr Victor Manyong said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the programme with 15 participants was in its nascent stage until managed to finance agripreneurs.

"Banks want collateral while youth only have knowledge... we want to be the collateral and loans to the youth.”At moment discussion are under way with Africa Development Bank for such facility once we get that fund then we go full swing," Dr Manyong said.

The Director told journalists during the marking of IITA 50 years of transforming Africa Agricu

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