AgriProFocus Rwanda through its programme called Youth in Agribusiness, 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.
Through a small exhibition which was attended by 27 youth agipreneurs who showcased their products & services, and through the panel sessions where the young role models pitched about their businesses, the selected role models served as an inspiration to other youth participants who want to tap into agribusiness.
The festival produced concrete recommendations for establishing agribusiness incubation centers with a focus on job creation, youth employment and partnerships/linkages.
After the closing session there was time for entertainment by the famous artist Edouce Softman.
The final report and event documentary shared HERE
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