This was a positive turning point in my career, 18th-25th August 2017 "Youth in Agribusiness Caravan 2017". The lessons learnt are still clear and fresh. All the agronomic practices, thats from Nursery management to Marketing of Agric-produce. AgriProFocus gave me the best platform to network with different people and organistions in Agric-Sector. This is how I got connected to Holland GreenTech Uganda, the company that supplies quality Agric-inputs and services, Irrigation systems and Green houses. Currently, I'm the Engineer of Holland GreenTech Uganda. I am happy and thankful for AgriProFocus and Holland GreenTech Uganda. It was also good to meet again at the PAINT (Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking Trade) FORUM
By Henry Sekanjako
The agriculture ministry has awarded 25 youth farmers engaged in agri-enterprises and livestock farming. Awarded on Thursday in Kampala, the 25 youth farmers have been taken on by the Government as model farmers, to interest and guide other youth in the farming business.
According to Prof. Augustus Nuwagaba, the chief judge at the National Youth Champions in agriculture, the finalists were drawn from the over 500 youth farmers who participated in the competition. “The 25 youth farmers are from five regions (central, eastern, northern, south western A and south western B) of Uganda. They were selected after a national search,” Nuwagaba said.
At the ceremony, the winners were given plaques, certificates and money. The overall winner Charles Kisembo from Kagadi district, walked away with a prize of sh3.5m. Fatuma Namutosi who came second was given sh2.5m. During the selection process, the judges looked at value additio... Read more
Dear members and partners,
We are pleased to announce the sixth Business Drinks of 2017 which will be held on Thursday November 2nd at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.
AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.
What will happen?
· On the coming Business Drinks, we have invited blueMoon Ethiopia to make an extended pitch about their first Youth Agribusiness Incubator program. Biruk Yossef will tell us more about the program, until then check out their website: http://www.bluemoonethiopia.co... Read more
I am SENGOGA Desire actively involved in Agribusiness sector. Currently, am doing maize farming in in Eastern Province of Rwanda. Together with other youth, we look forward to start a vibrant cooperative which will enhance our economic status and create more jobs for people living in rural areas. Our goal is to make an effort to combat hunger and malnutrition in Rwanda. I am glad to be part of this network looking forward to learn from you.
On Thursday, 19th October 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda held 1st preparatory meeting of Youth in Agribusiness Festival 2017 at Chez Lando Hotel to gather different stakeholders' ideas in organizing 2017-Youth in Agribusiness Festival.
The objective of this meeting was to commonly discuss and share the ideas from different partners in preparing Youth in Agribusiness Festival 2017.
AgriProFocus Rwanda and Rural Development Initiative (RDI) in collaboration with different partners organizations are organizing a ‘’2017- Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’, to enhance the engagement of youth in agribusiness by facilitating information-sharing and practical entrepreneurship experience -sharing between youth role-models and those who want to enter the Agribusiness career.
WHAT IS ‘’YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINES FESTIVAL’’
‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ is an event started in 2015 from an idea of RDI and AgriProFocus Rwanda with the aim of advocat... Read more
The Brenthurst Foundation invites the young applications from young graduates for the Machel Mandela Fellows pogram, named in honour of former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel. The Fellowship programme aims to be the most prestigious of its kind in Africa.
This opportunity is available for fellows from Africa and abroad and will be based at Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa.
DEADLINE FOR THE APPLICATION IS 30TH NOVEMBER 2017.
AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network that brings together institutions and professionals in the agri-food sector and agribusiness that support agripreneurs. Our membership comprises of private sector, public sector, farmer organizations, knowledge institutions including research, and the development sector. Established in the Netherlands in 2005, AgriProFocus network has expanded to 11 country networks in Africa and two in South-East Asia. In Kenya, AgriProFocus has been in existence since 2009. AgriProFocus Kenya has a membership of over 110 organizations and over 7,000 professionals. The AgriProFocus network brings together stakeholders in the sector to strengthen their individual and collective impact. As a multi-stakeholder network, our members and partners bring together diversity of knowledge, expertise, practice and resources.
Youth in agribusiness is one of the focus areas within AgriProFocus Kenya network under t... Read more
ICCO has been cooperating with RDA for over one year now. ICCO/Kerk in Actie supports its work in and around Paungde township (Bago region), where RDA works on capacity building and market linkages for 1,200 smallholder farmers producing blackgram and other crops. As part of ICCO’s Civic Engagement Alliance for lobby & advocacy, RDA advocates for better access to good quality pulses and rice seeds for smallholders. RDA is also collaborating in a number of other partnerships, such as the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund... Read more
An interview with young man who invented a charcoal machine.
AgriProFocus had an opportunity to interview a young man who is a founder of Green Power Group in Tabora region which deals with making charcoal by using waste products and peanut shells.
With the background of Law degree he dedicate his time to conserve the environment. His full name is Idrissa Khamisi Nyachenga born and raised in Kaliua, Tabora region. Idrissa says “I started working on my idea when I was still at the university after a thought of what will I do in case I will not be able to find a job after college”. Most of his time spent in library doing research about environment and what to do to make a different that will also be an employment for him and his community.
Green Power Group turn waste product into charcoal and invented a charcoal making machine, Idrissa said “I got an idea of making charcoal machine from the Chinese social network and simplify it to my... Read more
APPLY FOR YOUNG LEADERSHIP FORUM (OSIEA) 2017.
Young Leaders Forum (YLF) is an annual program for learning and networking, dialogue and capacity building sessions for youth between the age of 18-35 years, from social enterprises, business start-ups, civil society, international organizations and public institutions. Convened for the first time in 2016 by the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA).
The 2017 Young Leaders Forum will be held from November 15-17, 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, inviting young leaders from across Africa. The deadline for this application will be 27th October,2017.
There is no fee to attend into the forum. To apply follow the this link.
The growing number of unemployed youth in Africa is one of the most challenging issues we face – and that’s while African economies are growing and there is increasing demand for a skilled workforce. But how do we ensure that young people’s skills match the demand from the market?
Join the Edukans Learn4Work event and find out how we can maximize youth employment together!
We are delighted to announce that Education State Minister Teshoma Lemma will be our keynote speaker. As head of the Federal Technical and Vocational Education and Training Agency (FTVETA) he will share his view on the developments within the labour market and the education sector.
Wednesday 11 October 2017
Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa
10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Followed by a networking cocktail party until 6.00 p.m.
Morning progra... Read more
AgriProFocus Niger en collaboration avec Accentrepreneur, a organisé une séance d’apprentissage alliant la théorie à la pratique pour des jeunes issues de quatre écoles de formation agricole (Faculté d’Agronomie, IBMT, ESIMAD et LAMI), le Jeudi 28 Septembre 2017. L’objectif de cette activité est de sensibiliser et informer les jeunes sur le maraichage et la pisciculture afin de promouvoir ces filières auprès des jeunes. Seize jeunes ont participé à cette séance. Avant le démarrage de l’activité une brève présentation des objectifs de l’activité a été faite.
Les activités se sont déroulées sur le site Maraicher de l’Union des coopératives Bani-Bani de Gamkaley et du site piscicole de l’entreprise agricole Ma terre, Ma richesse (MTM).
L’union des coopératives Bani-Bani fait partie de la Fédération Nigériennes des maraichers la FCMN-Niya. L’union est composée de huit (8) coopératives dont une féminine. La séance est... Read more
Network Event #2 AgriProFocus kali ini digabung dengan Learning Event, bekerjasama dengan Workout.ID. Acara ini merupakan kegiatan rutin AgriProFocus dengan tujuan menyediakan ruang bagi berbagai pihak yang bekerja di pertanian untuk berinteraksi dan berjejaring secara informal. Selasa, 12 September lalu tak kurang dari 35 anggota jaringan dan partner hadir memanfaatkan kesempatan berjejaring ini untuk untuk mendapatkan kenalan baru, promosi produk atau kegiatan, dan berbagi informasi seputar pertanian. Kami merangkum pitching yang dilakukan beberapa anggota selama acara berlangsung agar anggota yang tak sempat hadir tak ketinggalan informasi. Pitching tersebut dilakukan oleh:
Putra Aditya (YSEALI - Kedutaan Besar Amerika Serikat)
YSEALI adalah platform untuk anak muda seluruh asia tenggara berusia 18-35 tahun, yang memiliki inisiatif kegiatan di masyarakat dengan tema besar pendidikan, pembangunan berkelanjutan, partisi... Read more
This year, the Annual Network Day is scheduled for the Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi. The theme this year is "Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance Food Security." This is a day for the members and partners of the network to jointly go beyond the discussions from last year's Network Day to unlock investment opportunities for climate smart agriculture. The key questions we shall be exploring are:
++ What successful CSA models exist and how can lessons, experiences and challenges be shared?
++ What investment opportunities exist for CSA and what is needed to unlock these opportunities?
++ What opportunities exist to integrate youth into CSA interventions?
Read more in this concept paper.
In order to confirm your attendance, as well as to choose co-creation sessions and to reserve an exhibition booth, please fill this REGISTRATION FORM.
Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours... Read more
In supporting youth in agribusiness, our partners SNV partnered with MasterCard Foundation in a project named Opportunity for Youth Employment (OYE) and held a boot camp between 11th-14th September. The bootcamp involved youth from four zones of Tanzania including Southern Zone (Mbeya), Northern Zone (Arusha), Central Zone (Dodoma/Morogoro) and Lake Zone (Mwanza).
The Bootcamp held for 3 days, of which 2 days of learning, networking and study tours to organic fertilizer company and organic manufacturer company. Out of 30 participants, 3 winners were chosen whereby the first winner won a startup kit worth 1 million, second 900,000 and third 800,000 start up kits.
The panel of judges from SNV and AgriProFocus Tanzania Country Coordinator Katarina Mungure chose the competition winner named Elizabeth from Haki Leather Group in Dodoma.
... Read moreKatarina says "youth who attended OYE bootcamp and business plan competition
Untuk menekankan kembali pentingnya regenerasi petani di tengah berbagai tantangan pertanian di Indonesia saat ini sekaligus memperingati Hari Tani 2017, anggota Komunitas Inovasi Anak Muda dan Pertanian menyelenggarakan Talkshow “Menjadi Petani itu Kekinian” dengan menghadirkan 10 finalis Duta Petani Muda 2016. Kegiatan ini diselenggarakan KRKP dengan dukungan dari Oxfam di Indonesia dan AgriProFocus. Acara ini akan diadakan 2 kali yaitu:
23 September 2017 di Botani Square,
Lantai 2 (depan XXI)
mulai pukul 17.00-18.30 WIB
24 September 2017 di Gedung Kuliah A,
Departemen Proteksi Tanaman IPB Darmaga
mulai pukul 10.00-12.00 WIB.
Talkshow terbuka untuk umum dengan kursi terbatas. Silakan kontak panitia (KRKP) di:
085364473739 (Widya) atau 085288820497 (Yuliana) | email: email@example.com | www.kedaulatanpangan.net
Komunitas Inovasi Anak Muda dan Pertanian yang berada dalam payung jaringan AgriProFocus telah melakukan kampanye bersama sejak 2014. Tujua... Read more
From 8th to 10th November 2017, the Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference & Expo along with the second Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day will be hosted by the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) together with partners in Dakar, Senegal. For updates and reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.africaain.org. For instant updates, follow AAIN on twitter and LinkedIn via @AAINOnline trending with #AfricaYouthinAg2 and the facebook page https://facebook.com/AAINOnline/?view_public_for=982333048563054&_rdr
Value addition can come in many forms. In South Africa, with the Wildlands Trees for Life Programme, community-based tree seedling growers (many of whom are youth) trade their seedlings for food, water tanks, and small business loans. Read more here.
Attention: "Surviving tree project" team from the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Network, that has been studying tree seedling value chains in Ethiopia - this may be of interest!
Bariillla center for food and nutrition (BCFN) webinars are designed to create broad discussion among youth networks around the world, building up to the 8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition. GLOBAL CITIZENS FOR THE FUTURE OF FOOD will take place on Sept. 21 from 4-5 pm CEST and will highlight the importance of global citizenship for the achievement of the UN SDGs, with a specific focus on food and the immense role it has to play in reshaping a future which is environmentally, socially and economically just. This event is an exclusive opportunity to share knowledge and ideas on extremely topical issues, learning from international exp... Read more