AgriProFocus Rwanda in close partnership with Rural Development Initiative (RDI), USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS), the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM), YEAN Rwanda, National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), organized the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 22nd November 2017 at UR-CAVM, Nyagatare Campus.
The objectives of this event 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
- Inspire the stakeholders to develop new actions to invite and/or retain Youth in Agribusiness
Under the theme ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda'' the festival attracted 350 participants drawn from UR-CAVM (students & lecturers), countrywide agripreneurs' companies, agribusiness companies, financial institutions, government youth programmes and NGOs with youth programmes.
While giving his welcome speech, the head of Nyagatare campus Dr. Martin Ntawubizi who represented the principal of UR-CAVM called upon students to be more innovative and focused and not to be job seekers but job creators.
“I believe everyone here is capable of being a job creator with agricultural skills that you acquire from this institution. It’s about being determined and focused on what you want to be” Dr. Martin added.
Through a small exhibition which was attended by 34 youth agripreneurs who showcased their products & services, and through the panel sessions where the young role models pitched about their agribusinesses, the selected role models served in inspiring other youth participants who want to start agribusiness projects.
During this 3rd youth in agribusiness festival, the youth role models' pitches focused on the way young people can we make money in agribusiness. The youth role models emphasized on sharing opportunities and challenges in horticulture, processing (Bakery), Poultry & rabbit farming & Beekeeping.
Mr. Blaise NIYIBIZI, a young agripreneurs working in Musanze district, said that they had a platform where they had a chance to meet different partners that are supporting youth engaged in agribusiness. “This is a great opportunity for us as we did networking with different stakeholders that are supporting youth in agribusiness; I promise to use this opportunity in improving my agribusiness projects” Mr. Blaise added.
While giving his speech, Mr. Anatole Majyambere the interim coordinator of AgriProFocus Rwanda thanked those present for the effective advocacy and networking tool which has inspired many partners including the youth in Rwanda.
The festival produced proper recommendations where youth was encouraged to focus on job creation instead of seeking for job as there are different partners organization that are supporting youth engaged in agribusiness.
After the closing session there was time for entertainment by the famous artist Edouce Softman.
The final report and event documentary video will be shared to you soon.
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