Youth, Agriculture, Business

moderated by Sarah Assefa

In Ethiopia we are in the process of creating a platform of partners, who together facilitate and accelerate that youths find employment in all sorst of activities within agricultural value chains.

The 16 September 2016 workshop was a good start. We found that we need 8 different types of activities to support youths to get involved. Also, we need to make a clear disctinction between the various tyoes of Youths that are enthusiast to work somewhere where they may contribue to food and nutrition security in their country, be it rural youths, 10th graders, drop-outs, ATVET- graduates or others.

You can read the summary HERE. the full report will follow soon under 'recommended reading'

Interested to join? Or if you have good ideas, welcome! Please contact Sarah Assefa at

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AgriSkills4You: Ugandan youngsters start own business farms

Recently, ICCO finalized the program AgriSkills4You. Through this program, which lasted from 2013 till 2016, ICCO and its local partners taught young people throughout the country how to take up farming as a business.  We look back: how are these young farmers doing now?

About AgriSkills4You

AgriSkills4You skilled youth for sustainable self-employment in the agriculture sector in Uganda. In total, 2,700 youth and 10,000 farmers were trained in agribusiness skills. This enabled them to move from subsistence farming to farming as a business.

Auma Sudia (18 years old)

“Some of my friends from school studied but they had trouble finding a job afterwards. I decided to join the AgriSkills4You training because it is very practical and I could start working and earning money immediately. Because I am a Muslim, I couldn’t keep pigs. Therefore, I started growing vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers and onions, and I recently boug

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Young Africa Works

Event posted by in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
  16 February 2017 to 17 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Kigali, Rwanda

On February 16 and 17, 2017, The MasterCard Foundation is hosting its second annual Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. This invite-only event will bring together a community of 300 thought leaders from NGOs, government, funders and the private sector committed to developing sustainable youth employment strategies in Africa. It will also directly involve young people to help understand and explore their journeys, including the challenges they face, in securing meaningful economic opportunities.

Building on the dynamic conversations of the inaugural Summit in 2015, we believe that there is more to explore around youth, employment and agriculture. In 2017, we would like to shift the discussion from how to engage youth in agriculture, to youth as drivers of agricultural transformation. This transformation holds tremendous promise for catalyzing prosperity and creating sustainable livelihoods for young people in Africa. The Summit will also explore three sub-themes that contribute

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 week 13 hours ago

Access to Finance Manager - East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (Tanzania)

Heifer International (HPI) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) Access to Finance Manager, under the guidance of the EAYIP Country Program Manager will facilitate access to finance for youth entrepreneurs to start or expand businesses, He or she will be the focal point person for the design and regular review of financial access strategies and modules. The incumbent will be responsible for building financial “partnerships”, develop/roll-out relevant financial solutions, and provide financial advisory services. S/he will also perform strategic analysis of the financial landscape, work

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 week 17 hours ago

Jobs at Woord en Daad



Application Deadline: 26th Jan 2017

Woord en Daad connects people throughout the world in their fight against poverty, from a Biblical perspective. In this way, we wish to contribute to sustainable change in the Netherlands and worldwide. Woord en Daad works in the following areas: education, technical and vocational education and training, job placement, inclusive agribusiness development, WASH, and emergency relief. In the Netherlands, Woord en Daad aims to make people, companies and the government aware of their responsibility with regard to poverty worldwide.

Woord en Daad is looking for a senior programme manager (click for more) and a senior MEAL programme officer (click for more) for the five-year programme Employable Youth in Ethiopia (EYE), which is a programme funded by the Addressing Root Causes of Migration (ARC) fund of the Dut

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Building Optimism Towards Sustainable Agriculture Through Youth Agripreneurs Ambassadors 2016

Young farmers only make up 12 percent of the total farmers in Indonesia. As informed by Ministry of Agriculture, food production has been dependent on farmers population, which in fact, is getting smaller each year. Data from the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics 2013 shows only 12 percents farmers is under 35 years old. This percentage is very low when considering their role for preparing and providing Indonesia on sustainable food, in 20 years ahead. In order to strengthen farmers regeneration issue, apart from study and meeting with agriculture experts, youth and farming working group which includes CSO and private sectors under the umbrella of network which is called AgriProFocus Indonesia, we decided to organise campaign activity, entitled Youth Agripreneurs Ambassadors 2016, which is second time after 2014. This collective initiative is very important to enhance farme

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thanks Mbak Andy for sharing this to all of us. It has been our pleasure to work with Oxfam in Indonesia through Innovation Community Youth and Farming. Let's keep the good work!

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Kenyans, Rwandans and Ugandans: Blog to Win a Trip to Washington, DC  

Now in its third year, the #Blog4Dev Contest is an ideas-sharing platform for youth in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. This year, the World Bank wants you to share your thoughts on youth and agriculture.

For a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. in April 2017, discuss the following question in an original blog of no more than 500 words:

To farm or not to farm: What opportunities exist for youth to prosper in agriculture and agro-business?

Submit the blog post in English by January 15, 2017 here:

  • DEADLINE: January 15, 2017
  • ELIGIBILITY: Must be a Kenyan, Rwandan or Ugandan citizen residing in your home country, and be aged between 18 and 28, and the blog post must be written in English.
  • CONTACT: Blog4Dev

Nicole Metz

thanks for sharing, Didier.
Maybe good for all those with an interest in World Bank - to know that the Netherlands and the World Bank Group have a partnership agreement to foster Knowledge sharing between the institutions? Find more info here:

If you have ideas for activities under this partnership between the World Bank and the Netherlands, please contact the Dutch Embassy or the World Bank Group offices in your country or region, to see whether they could collaborate with you on the idea.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 weeks 13 hours ago

Deadline Applications for the BlueMoon Incubator Program for YOUTH Innovative Agribusinesses Extended to January 11

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The 2016 Youth in Agribusiness Festival: ''Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agribusiness''

AgriProFocus Rwanda through its ''Youth in Agribusiness Innovation Community'' (led by RDI) in partnership with the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) organized the 2nd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 7th December 2016 at UR-CAVM, Busogo Campus. 

The events' objectives were to:

- Create links and networking space among youth agribusiness entrepreneurs with big buyers, agribusiness industry leaders, investors, farmers’ federation and Research institutions.

- Encourage the agribusiness companies, private investors and financial institutions to invest in youth

- Share the current situation on opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness

- Raising awareness on existing youth forums & networks in the Rwandan Agribusiness sector

- Inspire more young girls to venture into agribusiness

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
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Le réseau AgriProFocus RDC a participé en date du 07 Décembre 2016 au festival « Youth in Agri business »,organisé par le réseau AgriProFocus Rwanda, à Musanze.

Youth in Agribusiness Festival » est un événement lancé en 2015 à partir d'une idée de RDI et AgriProFocus Rwanda dans le but de plaider, pour les décideurs et les partenaires de développement pour soutenir les jeunes dans le secteur agroalimentaire. Le festival a été un outil de plaidoyer et de réseautage efficace qui a inspiré de nombreux partenaires, dont le ministère de la Jeunesse et des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication, le ministère de l'Agriculture et des Ressources animales, afin de les connecter avec des partenaires de développement clés tels que l'USAID / PSDAG et des jeunes chômeurs inspirés pour exploiter l'agro-industrie.

Objectif du festival: Créer des liens et des espaces de réseautage entre les jeunes entrepreneurs agro-industriels avec

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 5 days ago

Brief Moment With: Honey Agripreneur Jony Girma

Click here to read AgriProFocus interview with Jony Girma about his honey agribusiness called APIS Agribusiness P.L.C., which not only aims to become the number one organic honey producer but which is also determined to contribute to rural youth employment, rural development and natural forest conservation in Ethiopia.

Jony Girma is a member of the Youth in Agribusiness Community of Practice that was launched in September 2016 to create a platform for all professionals working with youth agripreneurs to share expertise and experiences.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 6 days ago

Applications for Ethiopian Young AgriPreneurs are open now!

Are you between 15-29 years old and do you have an innovative Agribusiness idea? Than you might be fit for the 4-month incubator program from February to May 2017!

BlueMoon is looking for amazing, out-of-the-box, highly innovative, scaleable, and potentially transformative ideas from youth interested in Ethiopian agribusiness. BlueMoon believes that, once in a blue moon, exceptional ideas can turn into great businesses that literally change the world. Once selected for the incubator program, BlueMoon takes a holistic approach to support young startups.

Click here to find more details on BlueMoon's program and the selection criteria. The application deadline is Friday January 6, 2017. For any questions regarding the application process, please contact BlueMoon by sending an e-mail to this e-mail address:



Global African Business Accelerator Platform

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  13 December 2016 to 14 December 2016 - All Day Event

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. 

Read more here.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

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. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Young People and Agriculture in Africa

The economic, social, and political benefits of bringing together young people and agriculture in Africa are undeniable, but governments must overcome certain challenges before they can be achieved.

A month ago, I and other young entrepreneurs were invited by the World Bank to their offices in Nairobi to take part in this year’s celebration to mark the World End Poverty Day under the theme “Food and Jobs: Fighting Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture.”

The discussion that brought together other participants from seventeen African countries by video conference: young farmers, journalists, scholars and students pursuing agricultural courses brought to the fore the similarity in challenges that affect African young farmers.

The future of Africa is anchored in agriculture, as much as there may be a strong thriving sector in innovation and technology.

To fight poverty therefore, there is a dire need to promote sustainable growth

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Quick Scan Study: Youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation

AgriProFocus, the INCLUDE platform (INCLUDE) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (the F&BKP) present the results of a quick scan study providing some new insights into the challenges of the agricultural sector, food security and youth unemployment. It also looks at the extent to which current policies and programs are addressing these issues with the aim of stimulating constructive dialogue and debate.

Looking at the cases of Mali, Kenya and Ghana, the aim is to identify context specific approaches to stimulate constructive dialogue and debate with policymakers and practitioners.

Alinta and Alpha did the mapping in Mali and Kenya; the analysis is done by F&BKP and Include.

Read the full report here

Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Today Caroline and I will be participating in the Vijverbergsession: “Youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation” of FoodFirst, organized by the Food&Business Knowledge Platform, AgriProFocus and Include.  

Topic & target

The Vijverberg will delve into an important nexus of development concerns in Africa: food insecurity, rapid population growth and youth unemployment. The agri-food sector is expected to offer great opportunities to tackle these issues. Several “problematic areas” for youth inclusion in agriculture have been defined by scholars, policy makers and practitioners, such as access to knowledge, information and education, access to land, access to financial services, access to green jobs, access to markets, and engaging in policy dialogue. Nevertheless, policy and program framing and responses to the “problem” of young people and agriculture in Africa are still hampered by a lack of (context specific) evidence and therefore often fall back on “common

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All about youth-led e-agriculture entrepreneurship!

Tout sur les jeunes et l'entrepreneuriat e-agricole!

A whole issue of 'ICT Update' about youth, ICT, agriculture and entrepreneurship! It includes advices and tips to entrepreneurs, lots of links and resources on sources of funding and documentation on this topic.


Toute un magazine (ICT update) sur les jeunes, le TIC, l'agriculture et l'entrepreneuriat! Il y a des conseils aux entrepreneurs et des nombreux liens et ressources sur ce sujet. Les articles sont rédigés par des structures comme Orange, Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Foundation Programme, etc.


Daoulata MAIGA Merci pour le partage Alinta !

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Olive Wambui Thank you!We are a self-help group in Nairobi.We are working hard to bridging the poverty gap by embracing ICT and merging it with agriculture to create employment 

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ELYSE MUHORAKEYE Merci Alinta pour le partage.  vraiment Intéressant

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Parcours d'un jeune entrepreneur pisciculteur

1- Qui est Dramane Traoré ?

Dramane Traoré est détenteur d’un brevet de technicien d’élevage, spécialiste en pisciculture, promoteur d’une entreprise nommée KISSA SERVICE qui est dans la production et active dans la prestation de service.

2- Pouvez-vous nous parlez de votre métier ?

J’interviens dans des installations de fermes piscicoles (étangs, cages flottantes, baques hors sol, etc.) et la mise en place des écloseries, la production de poissons marchands et des alevins aux producteurs locaux.

3- Quel est votre parcours professionnel ?

Après ma spécialisation, j’ai commencé mes activités avec l’Ets Traoré et frères (une société spécialisée dans la vente des articles de pêche) pour la mise en place d’une structure piscicole nommée Ets N’KERE dans laquelle j’ai évolué pendant 14 mois étant le responsable des activités de la structure. J’ai aussi participé à la mise en place de SAM (soc

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mohamed lamine diarra Un jeune a qui toute le monde doit prendre exemple sur lui bonne chance mon frère Dramane Traore

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Daoulata MAIGA Oui Mohamed, ce parcours est salutaire , nous espérons que la jeunesse prendra conscience tôt ou tard  que entreprendre est le meilleur des chemins à suivre pour lutter contre le chômage et contribuer au développement de son pays .  On est ensemble

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Dramane Traoré Bien dit Daoulata, je tiens à remercier l'équipe agriprofocus

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Dramane Traoré  nous qui sommes le Mali de demain 

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mohamed lamine diarra Nous avons un challenge devant donc faut qu on se batte pour un demain qui arrive bientôt. Vive l entrepreunariat jeune

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Tony Elumelu Foundation - Entrepreneurship Program for Africans 2017

The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP) fosters and supports start-up enterprises in Africa. TEEP combines mentoring, training, forums, seed capital, and alumni support to individuals in Africa proposing new business ideas or early-stage companies in sectors that include agriculture, among others. The program is open to citizens and legal residents ages 18 and older in any African country. The period for applications (English, French, Portuguese) is 01 January through 01 March. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS CALL HERE.

Abdulikarim Ramadhani Faru Hi katarina ,how are we getting application form

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Hilda Okoth Hello Adulikarim, the application will commence from January 1st. So the website will be updated with the application form then. Please continue visiting then website

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

The Youth can transform the Agri-food sector

In an effort to attract more youth to venture into agriculture and reduce on high levels of unemployment, the African Development Bank (ADB) is planning to train over 10,000 youth in agribusiness in a five year project to start soon. Some of the areas of touch will include; incubation support services, skills in innovations, marketing skills among others. All is aimed to encourage and motivate youth to do agriculture not as hobby but as business. The Youth are encouraged to start their own Agribusiness enterprises, such that they can also employ others and this will in the long run reduce on the unemployment levels.

The AfDB plans directly fit into the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness strategy; we believe that the youth can potentially be successful entrepreneurs through peer-to-peer learning; for they have something to teach as well as something to learn. Therefore; inspiring youth the agri-food sector leads into more successful yout

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STEPHEN OBORE this is great when is this project kicking off im in great support of it and would as well like to take part in it

1 month 3 weeks ago