Youth - Jeunesse

Young entrepreneurs in Agribusiness

moderated by Alphaxrd Gitau

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.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 days 19 hours ago

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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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



Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo

Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

MISE EN PLACE DE LA COMMUNAUTE D'INNOVATION "JEUNE ET AGRIBUSINESS"

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”

Objectif

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.

Déroulement

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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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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 month 12 hours ago

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
Posted 1 month 1 day ago


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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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 1 month 5 days ago

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

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. 

Visit http://gaaap.biz/ to register!



Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Prix Jeunesse de la Francophonie

Vous avez entre  18 et 35 ans,

Vous êtes francophone,

Vous avez fait des réalisations exceptionnelles au cours de l'année

Postulez du 03 Mars au 06 Mai 2017 aux Prix Jeunesse de la Francophonie 35<35, premiers Prix Jeunesse de l’espace francophone en matière d’innovation!

Plus d'infos : http://www.francophonie3535.com/

Formulaire de participation : disponible à https://docs.google.com/a/agriprofocus.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc4ZiMmj4sThjxiguwyAZekT_V_Bh-yrpN9Yvc0yC3VCYbgmw/viewform"

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

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.

Full story


Posted By in Entreprenariat des jeunes
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Conférence sur la jeunesse et l’entreprenariat agricole au Niger :

Le réseau AgriProFocus Niger a organisé le Samedi, 04 mars 2017 une conférence sur la jeunesse et l’entreprenariat agricole au Niger au Palais du 29 juillet de Niamey de 11h00 à 14h00, avec un double objectif : Esquisser un état des lieux de la question au niveau national en s’appuyant sur des exemples concrets résultant d’une étude réalisée dans la région de Dosso et Susciter le débat autour des défis liés à un tel sujet qui est aucœur des enjeux actuels de développement.

La conférence a vu la participation de 76 personnes dont 8 femmes. Ces participants sont des jeunes entrepreneurs, des représentants des services étatiques, des ONGs, des projets et programmes, des organisations paysannes, des institutions de recherche et du secteur privé.

Les échanges ont fait ressortir un certain nombre de contraintes liées à l’entreprenariat agricole des jeunes. Il s’agit entre autres de : l’acc

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Youth in Agribusiness Round table Meeting

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

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

UN JOINT PROGRAM ON YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

YOUTH EXHIBITORS WANTED!

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.

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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 months 17 hours ago

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

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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 months 4 days ago

VIDÉO CARAVANE DES JEUNES

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 !