Youth can play a key role in poverty reduction in developing countries, but they encounter significant constraints. They are often the most disadvantaged, with low levels of job experience and organisation, fewer chances to access or obtain capital and other assets, and little or no voice in decision-making processes. They barely gain access to agriculture extension services, affordable input supplies, or marketing opportunities. Lack of information, technical skills, and basic education further weakens their situation or circumstances. AgriProFocus Tanzania aims to work with its members and other stakeholders to contribute to a more and better enabling environment for young agripreneurs.
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.
... Read moreOne of such people is Deborah Simon Malaba. After struggling to
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... Read more
It's a long time since artists comedians group Original Comedy stop airing their Original Comedy show. This is appears to be because the artists are engaging in various activities different from that of comedy.
One of the comedian, Issaya Mwakilasa known by the name of 'Wakuvanga' has decided to focus on agriculture at the moment where he can open his agriculture company.
'' It is time now I focus on agricultural activities.I have gained huge benefits and returns since I embarked on agriculture activities. Alot of people especially youth despise farming activities but for sure agriculture is a good source of income" said Wakuvanga.
He has now established a farming company know as Kilimo Burudani and invites people especially the youth to join. The company will... Read more
The Youth in Agribusiness working group is organising a youth Roadshow in Arusha on the 14th May of 2016. The roadshows aims at exposing youths to the comparative advantage of investing in agribusiness with regard to the availability of adequate natural resources; a supportive climatic and policy environment together with favorable public sector initiatives and the importance of youth to organize themselves in groups in order to tap into existing opportunities.
The Arusha youth roadshow will focus on the Horticulture and Livestock sectors and is expected to bring together stakeholders of Agriculture sector including youth; youth group representatives, private companies, youth supporting organizations, government agencies as well as the other relevant stakeholders.
The structure of the event will be:
1. Field visit and Q&A Session on Horticulture and livestock keeping (Poultry and Rabbit)
To attend this event please fill in this FORM
Note: The field visit... Read more
HOW CAN TANZANIAN YOUTH GET EXCITED ABOUT AGRICULTURE
Engaging youth in agriculture has been a prominent topic recently, both on International and national level. The question still remains, why is this sector not moving forward? A webinar organized by DOT Tanzania on 26th January 2016 aimed at providing tips, tools and insights to help guide young people and get them thinking about agriculture in a different way. The panelists highlighted all the opportunities and value that agriculture brings to Tanzania
AgriProFocus Tanzania in partnership with AMSHA institute, Agricultural Non State Actors Forum (ANSAF), International Business and Trade Tanzania Initiative (IBUTTI) and Tanzania Graduate Farmers Association (TGFA) organised a Youth Roadshow in Dar es Salaam on 22nd of August. 'Kilimo ndio mpango mzima' (Agribusiness is the real deal) was the motto of the forum.
The forum hosted over 130 participants mainly youths, representatives from youth groups and representatives from public and private institutions. The turn up of these participants on a Saturday, showed the eagerness for youths to learn more about agribusiness. College students studying accounts, business administration and other courses came to get inspired about agribusiness. The eagerness to learn from the youths was also seen from their activeness of the youth in triggering relationships amongst themselves and the key guest speakers, exchange of contacts... Read more
Know more about the upcoming Tanzania Youth in Agribusiness Forum #TYIAFDar2015
On 22nd August 2015, a consortium of organizations under the umbrella of AgriProFocus Tanzania namely; AMSHA Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship, IBUTTI and other youth led Organizations in partnership with ANSAF are organizing the Dar-es-salaam youth road-show
“Kilimo Biashara ndiyo mpango mzima” which can be translated to “Agribusiness is the real deal”
The youth roadshow is aimed at;
i) Responding to the opportunities for investment in Agribusiness in the Dar-es-salaam
ii) Providing a neutral platform for key players in agriculture sector to meet so as to review, discuss and create a roadmap on how best youth will be promoted and considered in the Agribusiness sub-sector
This roadshow is a continuation of Tanzania Youth in Agribusiness Forum (TYIAF) initiatives, which have always aimed at:
1. Sharing the results of the desk review done by Agriculture sta... Read more
"With growing numbers of disenfranchised youth around the world and a strong focus on finding opportunities for their engagement and employment, CGIAR is committed to finding ways to approach the topic and planning appropriate activities, especially through its second generation of research programs."
They are seeking organizations and individuals with expertise and experience in working with youth engagement, enterprise and employment, particularly (but not exclusively) in agriculture to join this workshop.
The workshop will take place in Montpellier, France, September 8-9th 2015
Tarehe 22/8/2015, Taasisi za kilimo chini ya mwamvuli wa AgriProfocus Tanzania kama vile ; AMSHA Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship, IBUTTI,TGFA na nyinginezo kwa kushirikiana na ANSAF, zimeandaa Jukwaa la vijana kwenye kilimo biashara – TYIAF litakalofanyika Land Mark Hotel – Ubungo, Dar-es-salaam. Dhumuni ni kuamasisha kilimo biashara kwa vijana kwa kuwaleta pamoja wadau mbalimbali kwenye sekta ya kilimo, kuonesha uzoefu wao na fursa zilizopo.
Endapo wewe ni kijana na unajishughulisha na kilimo-biashara au ungependa kujishughulisha na kilimo-biashara , una umri kati ya 15- 40 na ungependa kushiriki katika jukwaa hili , tafadhali tuma maombi ya ushiriki kupitia baruapepe firstname.lastname@example.org .
Kwa maelezo zaidi piga simu namba: 0659339905/ 0716966447 au jaza fomu hii, BONYEZA HAPA .
Nafasi za ushiriki ni chache , hivyo maombi ya ushiriki yatumwe mapema kabla ya Tarehe 10/08/
Deadline for sending applications is on 10/08/2015
The Youth in Agribusiness working group is organising a youth Roadshow in Dar es Salaam on the 22nd of August 2015. The youth roadshows are organised to expose youth to the comparative advantage of investing in agribusiness with regard to the availability of adequate natural resources; a supportive climatic and policy environment together with favourable public sector initiatives and the importance of youth to organize themselves in groups in order to tap into existing opportunities.
The Dar es Salaam youth roadshow is expected to bring together about 150 stakeholders of Agriculture sector including youth; youth group representatives, private companies, youth supporting organizations, government agencies as well as the other relevant stakeholders.
For Individuals, youth groups, Organizations and Institutions
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On this page you will find some key-documents of organisations in our network that have a comprehensive overview of information regarding young people in agri-business:
You can post your own documents and experiences on the stream of that page.
The Youth in Agribusiness working group is organizing a working group meeting to plan for its activities for the rest of the year 2015. During the meeting, a detailed work plan will be developed on the following key planned outputs of the working group;
- Organise a youth forum to interest youth in Agri-business.
- Collaborate with OYE-SNV in developing areas for engaging and supporting Youth in agribusiness.
- Showcasing youth model farmers in youth forums.
- Organise youth and financial institutions dialogue to promote understanding and discuss collateral issue.
- Knowledge sharing on youth initiatives and knowledge products for youth among organizations
Kindly note that attendance is by invitation only!