The Rwandan economy depends on agriculture which employs around 80% of the total population. The majority of farmers are aged smallholder farmers and it is then difficult for them to have access to financial services, information and other agriculture services. Commercial Agriculture has been identified as one of the key sector that can potentially generate wealth, with high employment potential. This responds to the need of Job creation for youth which is in alignment with Rwanda economic development and poverty reduction strategy II, (EDPRS II).
The low participation of youth in agribusiness is further attributed to the limited access to key resources like; land, start-up capital, lack of exposure, limited access to role models and business mentors. Consequently, this has led to low levels of food production, low income, and poverty.
AgriProFocus Rwanda and its partners however are aware that; young people being energetic with a high potentials, excellent source of ideas, innovations and enthusiasm. Involving youth in Agribusiness sector will highly contribute to not only boosting the economy but also attaining a population that is economically empowered, self-sustaining and thus leading to an improved livelihoods and a sustainable development.
It is in this regard, AgriProFocus Rwanda in close collaboration with Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), Rural development Initiative, SNV-HortINVEST Rwanda, USAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Help a Child Rwanda and Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN) are organizing a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2018, with a theme “Youth Making Agribusiness “cool” a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”
In the caravan, different issues will be discussed and discussions will be led by facilitators experienced in the following but not limited to Youth access to finance, Market and Soft skills, Youth employment and Agriculture Entrepreneurship.
The caravan will gather 100 participants; 60 youth and 40 other stakeholders from different organizations and financial institutions that promote youth in agribusiness in Rwanda.
We are organizing the youth in agribusiness caravan with the purpose to:
● Motivate youth to join the expanded employment opportunities in the Agribusiness value chains.
● Provide a platform for sharing information, knowledge and learning from real life experiences by the successful youth agripreneurs.
● Inspire the youth to form or/Join the new/ existing farmer Association/ Cooperatives.
The caravan will be start from 27th up to 29th November, 2018.
The structure of the Caravan, 2018
This is a 3-day agribusiness learning caravan from one point to another, starting from Kigali, with the inspiration forum, go throughout the Northern and Eastern provinces for farm field visits and then back to Kigali for sharing the learnings from the field visit.
The caravan targets young innovators who are already passionate and motivated about Agribusiness, and are ready to be change makers, role models, and agribusiness leaders in drive to transform the agribusiness sector in their communities.
The caravan will also involve the media which will cover and feature the activities during the entire event. During the Agribusiness field visits, and in order to facilitate easy learning, each group will be facilitated by the farm managers.
On the last day of the caravan, AgriProFocus Rwanda will bring together youth leaders, agribusiness companies, Financial institutions, relevant Ministries, research institutions, farmers, agro-processing industries, Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA), International development partners purposely to effectively engage each other in order to draw actionable commitment and support to youth in agribusiness.
Are you willing to join us during the Youth in Agribusiness caravan?
For more details about the caravan, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can also call us on: +250788235357.