Young agri-entrepreneurs face a myriad of challenges including access to financial and capacity development resources. AgriProFocus recognises that young men and women are change makers that could significantly contribute to the growth of the agriculture sector if well supported.
In 2017, AgriProFocus Kenya would like to work with like-minded stakeholders within the network to link youth to financial resources and other growth opportunities including internship, mentorship and business development services. As a network, we would like to work towards creating an enabling environment that supports youth to create successful businesses.
This program is a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented youth with a passion for international development to contribute to the world's most pressing needs.
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
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
In collaboration with Agriterra, AgriProFocus will convene a 2 day workshop for 60 youths drawn from cooperatives working with Agriterra. This workshop fits well with our vision of seeing more youths in leadership positions within the agribusiness sector.
The aim of the 2 day workshop is to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra organize themselves better to be able to advocate for inclusion in the cooperative management. This will involve looking at what their responsibility as young farmers is towards the cooperative. In addition, the young farmers will look at the role of the cooperatives in enhancing more youth participation in management.
Â· To provide a platform to share and learn from each other on already existing best practices from the Netherlands [Dutch Young Farmers Organisation] as well as local cooperatives that have successfully set up youth councils within their management structure.
Â· To develop an engagement stra... Read more
29 August 2016
Agriculture is the backbone of Kenyaâs economy. Worth billions of dollars, it is responsible for the livelihoods of over 80 per cent of the rural population and accounts for 65 percent of the countryâs total export revenue, according to the countryâs Institute of Economic Affairs.
Although agriculture accounts for 65 per cent of Kenya's foreign export earnings, young people largely ignore the sector. A new mentoring scheme is hoping to change that." height="355" width="530">
Although agriculture accounts for 65 per cent of Kenyaâs foreign export earnings, young people largely ignore the sector. A new mentoring scheme is hoping to change that.(CCAFS/S.Kilungu
In order to
face the food security and nutrition challenges of the future there is a need
to develop the capacities of the next generation of agricultural producers, by
identifying ways to engage and empower youth â both women and men.
Approximately 90 percent of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 live in
developing countries, where agriculture employs as much as 60 percent of the labor force, and yet the majority of youth do not currently see agriculture as
a viable career path given the low productivity rates and the difficulties they
know to have been faced by previous generations. Farming has always been associated with poverty and punishment from our parents and grandparents.I remember when i was growing up anytime i failed my exams my parents told me they would take me to my rural home to dig.Anytime i failed in school my parents would threaten me that i would end up in the farm where people with no education goes to.
Cognizant of all... Read more
There is a big sustainability gap in African farming. This is because, while a very high percentage of African farmers are old and aging (mainly above 60), the youth still have a tendency to shy away from farming and agriculture â at least not if they have other alternatives. More and more young people â especially the rural youth â focus on moving out from farming and rural communities to find âgood jobsâ in urban centres.
Arising from this trend is a question which many development organisations working in Africa and African governments are trying to understand how, or mobilizing resources, to tackle. That question is: who will feed the Africans of the future? During his keynote speech, at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week, Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AfDB) acknowledged that âyoung Africans are needed in agriculture to raise profitability (and innovations) in the sector.
That means, in addition to... Read more
The KCB Foundation and Tuskys Supermarket have entered into a strategic partnership to support contract farming for thousands of youths in agribusiness and offer at least 1,600 internship opportunities.
The partnership targets to benefit 12,000 youths across 22 counties in the identified value chains in agribusiness through provision of asset financing and working capital to enable the young farmers meet the needs of demand and supply.
Tuskys Supermarkets has committed to buy all the produce from the
venture. âThis project is meant to support youth entrepreneurship. We
believe that the youth hold the greatest sway in the pace and trajectory
that the East African economy will take into the future. We also
acknowledge the great contribution agriculture makes to the national GDP
and we are committed to supporting the sector,â said Jane Mwangi, the
KCB Foundation director.
To further enhance this partnership, KCB Foundation
Find below the call for applications.
Why is it at times more rewarding to involve today's youth in innovation to improve agricultural livelihoods than to work with previous generations?
A significant part of the reason stems from the rapid changes taking place in todayâs globalized world that is typified by migration, urbanization, technological innovation, increasing educational levels and aspirations, and the IT and social media revolution linking youth to global information and change movements.
This Youth Strategy is the first to be issued within the CGIAR system, setting a precedent that may stimulate serious attention to this critical stakeholder group among other CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). It may also contribute to inspire joint efforts with other partners to engage youth in innovative agricultural developm
If we do not manage to attract young people to farming, we will not be able to feed a growing, and increasingly urbanized, world population. This logic makes more and more people and organizations aware of the importance of giving priority to youth in agriculture.
What are the challenges and how can international organizations work to make agriculture more attractive to youth? These were the questions a number of Dutch organizations came together to discuss in an informal and exploratory meeting on Youth in agriculture, in The Hague.
According to an initial overview by the Dutch Food & Business Knowledge Platform, many organizations recognize the youth in the agri-food sector and have launched successful initiatives. But there are still many challenges to efficiently deal with the role of youth in agriculture.
The participants discussed a number of these challenges of these challenges. For instance, the urgency of creating jobs inclu
Since its inception, YPARD has grown rapidly, demonstrating the need and value that young professionals see in a youth focused network.
This is moreso reflected in the recently released YPARD 2015 annual report which takes into account all the activities YPARD community has been involved in for the last one year.Among these notable activities include;
In the last one year, YPARD national representatives have made waves in their countries, mobilizing youth in agriculture, focusing action on specific issues and making their voices heard. As of the report publication, YPARD membership spread across the globe has 11, 621 registered members from 187 countries. But not all young people are online a situation that YPARD Sri Lanka representative has taken note of. She brings the offline youths printed copies of the YPARD newsletter while in Armenia the message is spre... Read more
Agriculture is the major sector in Kenya yet young people do not want to venture in it to sustain themselves and create employment. The youth will always think of agriculture as something to do when they retire from offices. There are many parties coming together to ensure that the youth are empowered to venture into agribusiness and promote food security in the world.
It is with this reason that AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with USIU-Africaâs Global Agribusiness Management and entrepreneurship (GAME) Center hosted a youth in agribusiness trendsetterâs caravan on 24th March 2016. The event was held at USIU-Africa and was officially opened by Professor Francis Wambalaba from USIU-Africa.
One of the most interesting activities that took place during the forum is the ideation through simulation. The simulation activity is a practical guide to running a successful enterprise. Youth in the forum found the activity very involv... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with United States International University (USIU) â Africaâs Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (GAME) Centre invites you to our 1st trendsetters networking forum on Thursday 24th March 2016 at USIU-Africa from 1.00 -5.00 pm .
AgriProFocus has provided a neutral platform for networking, sharing and learning and would like to build onto the successes achieved so far. We cannot do this alone and we would like to invite you to a networking and brainstorming session. The objectives of this forum include:
1. Joint visioning on the shared goal to be achieved through the activities of the trendsetters' caravan
2. Joint planning for activities in 2016-2017
3. Explore strategic partnerships to profile the caravan
The forum as usual will provide enough opportunity for networking, sharing and learning. Details of the event and invitation letter are attached below.
Register for the event on or before 14th, March 2016 by filling thi... Read more
The role of technology and innovations in the improvement of agriculture and food production sector is not in dispute any more. It is important that we leverage these innovative solutions to benefit owners of agricultural enterprises, food security, climate change mitigation and creation of job opportunities.
Who will attend?
The conference is âa must attendâ event for farmers in Africa to learn and source for new products and technologies that can raise yields, ease their operations, reduce impact on natural resources, combat climate change and increase profitability. It will give exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their innovations and products, establish new relationships with buyers, take products forward into new markets and help increase sales. It will be an important forum for authorities to understand the benefits of effecting sustainable agriculture policies and programs, find technologies that would work for their communities and meet international partners. Supply... Read more
On Friday 6th November 2015, Kees Wantenaar - AgriProFocus Board chairperson and Gijs Aarts, accompanied by AgriProFocus staff went to visit a practical farm in Matasia, Kajiado County. Kees and Gijs came to Nairobi to attend the regional extensive livestock expo which took place from 4 - 6 November 2015. In line with this, they saw the need to visit a practical farm. 2 years ago, Jolly footprints was discovered under the leadership of Teresiah Ngâangâa. Jolly Footprints thrives in breeding and supply of Improved Kienyeji chicken commonly known as Kuroiler chicken.
This variety is a special species of chicken that takes about 4 months to mature and it tastes better than the common broiler chicken. As a master graduate from Wagenigen University, Teresiah has no regrets whatsoever venturing into agribusiness. She is a living example that youth can make up decisions to employ others and not chase the white collar jobs.
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This forum brought the youth to participate in marathon and later on do presentation in different sectors in agriculture. The main aim of congregating at the KCB grounds was to discourage youth in Kajiado County from engaging in drug abuse and explore constructive opportunities in agriculture that can generate income and improve lives.
The event was graced by the governor of Kajiado county who advised the youth that they had a short time as youths to chart out their future.
AgriProFocus Kenya was represented by trendsetters from the youth in Agribusiness caravan and two staff members. The trendsetters included Leah Wambui Mwehia of Kiambu Strawberries, Peter Githinji of chickway poultry and Ruth of Top Farmer Magazine. Mr. Moses Kinaiya of Mifugo trade prese... Read more
Deadline: 3 October 2015
The World Bank Youth Summit 2015 will be held from November 16-17, 2015 in Washington, DC, USA on the theme of âCrowd-Sourcing Solutions for Climate Change.â The Summit invites young people from around the world to use their knowledge and creativity to crowdsource solutions for climate change that contribute to growth and development in developing and emerging countries.
This is an opportunity for young professionals to present their creative solutions, and spark a global dialogue on innovative ways to address the reality of climate change impacts. For more information please follow this link: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2015/08/26/youth-summit-2015#6
Sommet de la Jeunesse du Group de la Banque Mondiale 2015 du 16-17 Novembre 2015... Read more
The Western Agribusiness Investment Symposium & Exhibition Conveners are pleased to announce that our 2nd Edition will be held from 2 - 4 December, 2015 at the Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu.
The Symposium seeks to bring together 500 key stakeholders involved in the agriculture value chain within the Lake Victoria ecosystem. The Lake Victoria trading Block comprises fifteen counties that border the lake. These counties are Kisumu, Kakamega, Kisii, Vihiga, Migori, Nyamira, Busia, Bungoma, Siaya, Homabay, Bomet, Kericho and Trans-Nzoia.
The 2nd Western Agribusiness Investment Symposium & Exhibition will focus on Business to Business (B2B), Business to Government (B2G), meetings, exhibitions, Networking Sessions, Deal Making, Business Plan Reviews and Business Case Studies.AgriProFocus Kenya will take lead in facilitating the youth in agribusiness forum which will be part of the program.
The symposium will endeavour to unpack value chains for various crops and commodities, processing &... Read more