The first ever agricultural caravan ended yesterday on a high note, participants calling for everyone’s renewed efforts to transform the agriculture sector from subsistence to commercially oriented farming.
In her closing remarks, AgriProFocus Rwanda country coordinator, Madam Sajji Ryakunze commended the resolutions that the up to 150 youth participating at the caravan made following the field visits at successful farmers’ farms.
“There’s no doubt this was a good platform to plot the way forward for the Rwanda young farmers. You all witnessed the good strides others are making in the agriculture besides learning the challenges facing small-scale farmers and ways in which these can be overcome,” Ms. Ryakunze said.
YNKURIJE Dorcas, Help a Child Rwanda beneficiary is a farmer from the Rusizi district and was one of the farmers who attended the youth caravan. After visiting the Sunripe farms Rwanda in Bugesera district, she wanted... Read more
Promoting Agribusiness, Investment, Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is a platform that appreciates efforts by different stakeholders in supporting youth in agribusiness through initiatives that enable them access information, knowledge, resources, experiences and expertise. PAINT-Y therefore positions itself as a neutral platform to facilitate linking, learning and collective influencing by stakeholders who support youths in agribusiness.
Ms. Nynke Humalda, Food Security Expert at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands during her keynote address... Read more
Kigali – November 28, 2018: Our initiated and first ever agricultural caravan in Rwanda was launched in Kigali with a call on youth to work hard to transform their initiatives into viable agribusinesses as a key to achieve Rwanda’s sustainable development.
RYAF Youth shops
The call was made by the minister for public service and labor, Ms Rwanyindo Kayirangwa Fanfan, before the youth caravan kicked off in Kigali, while officiating the opening of RYAF SHOPS ltd, a private company owned by the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum RYAF.
This company was created to put into action a strategy that promotes a reform in food and agricultural trading mechanisms in Rwanda, by and for RYAF members as engine for positive agribusiness transformation.
Ms Rwanyindo was thrilled by the initiative and assured the youth that the government is committed to support all mechanisms... Read more
Kigali – November 27, 2018: In collaboration with our partners Rwanda Youth In Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), the ministry of agriculture and animal resources MINAGRI, HortINVEST, Help a Child Rwanda, ICCO Cooperation, USAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, Rural Development Initiative and YEAN Rwanda we have launched today the agricultural caravan of the first ever “Youth in Agribusiness Caravan” in Rwanda.
Theme of this edition is “Youth Making Agribusiness “Cool”, a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”. Our goal is to establish and build the communication between agricultural agribusinesses and the youth in general and the agripreneurs in particular to closely learn about the untapped opportunities existing in the agriculture landscape in Rwanda.
Launch in Kigali
“The caravan aims at establishing linkages between successful farmers and agribusiness people and the youth innovators motivated about agribusin... Read more
During our Annual Network Day the pilot project of the Youth Business Challenge was also launched. Just the day before the teams went on a company visit to the two companies who are participating in the project, Senselet Food Processing and Chico Meat.
The Deputy Ambassador and head of Development Cooperation and Economic Affairs at the Netherlands Embassy, Mr Joris Van Bommel, has called on the government of Uganda to position the youth at the centre of agriculture.
Mr Bommel, who was on Friday touring the Netherlands funded projects under SNV–a Netherlands Development Foundation, in Kiruhura District, said tapping capabilities of youth into the agriculture sector can create better opportunities for them and spur development.
“The country needs to strategically engage the youth in agriculture. Other assistance such as expertise can enhance this potential,” Mr Bommel said.
He said the arable land (40 million acres of land ) and favourable climate can enable agriculture in the country to flourish.
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An important part in the Young Farmers Ambassador program is the intensive six-day training to increase knowledge capacity about business, adding insight into the trends and challenges of the food & agriculture sector, introducing gender aspects, environmental and social impacts of agricultural value chains, and developing leadership characteristics for young farmers. The training is designed with an adult-education appro... Read more
National Youth in Agribusiness Forum (PAINT-Y) will take place on Tuesday 27th November
2018 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi from 7.00 am- 7.00
pm. The event themed, “Investing in Youth as the Next
Frontier in Agricultural Transformation” will bring bring county,
national, regional and international stakeholders working towards supporting
the youth in the agri-food sector.
PAINT – Y (Promoting Agribusiness Investment Network and Trade for Youth) is a platform that appreciates the numerous initiatives that exist towards supporting youth in agribusiness and it is this rich pool of information, knowledge, experiences and expertise that PAINT-Y brings it all together with the goal of transforming agriculture and food systems for Kenya and the region. PAINT-Y is designed on the proposition that if all stakeholders can link to each other at their point of convergence, share and learn from each other’s experiences then collectively we can contribute to creating a sustainable and effe... Read more
ILRI with support of AgriProFocus is organizing a field visit for staff and partners and also for 50 youth who are interested to learn about climate smart agriculture practice by young farmers. The site is to Doyogena, near the town of Hosena. The ministry of Agriculture will be selecting 25 of the youth participants, and AgriProFocus the other 25. ILRI will cover the costs of youth participation.
Young climate resilience enthusiasts to register to participate if they are interested and available. Participants should be either youthful (between 15 and 35 years of age) and interested to benefit from practical exposure, and connection with other youth interested in agriculture and sustainability.
To apply to participate, please fill out this short online registration form by Wednesday November 21st.
Agricultural activities seem uncomfortable and unsafe for the youth fuelling the unemployment crisis in Africa.
People dedicated to agriculture are perceived to go through a lot of things, ranging from stress associated with work to unproductivity due to infestations.
Youths usually want to look their best and have a comfortable work condition, and because starting to farm involves digging, tilling lands, watering, removing weeds, burning, and maybe encountering snakes, scorpions, and other earth creatures, they would rather remain at home than to join the farming train.
In education, the evolved African educational curricula fail to include material agriculture. Some schools teach agriculture but mostly the soft aspect of it, with few or no practical sessions.
T... Read more
AgriProFocus Rwanda in close collaboration with Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), Rural development Initiative, SNV-HortINVEST Rwanda, USAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, YEAN Rwanda and Help a Child Rwanda are organizing a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2018, with a theme “Youth Making Agribusiness “cool” a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”
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.
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 instit... Read more
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, ex... Read more
In the past weeks we have done the selection of five teams, who will participate in this program. They are fresh graduates and will focus on a waste challenge of a poultry and a potato processing company. The teams will be supported by training and coaching in order to complete the assignment as expected.
On November 22 the partners in this program will present themselves, including their role in the Youth Business Challenge. You will be able to meet the teams who are selected and talk to the companies who partner... Read more
In this full day event, AgriProFocus Network members will have the opportunity to network, promote their work in the agriculture sector, and learn together about sector trends and new tools for sector development.
More specicfically this event features the following activities:
* Keynote presentations on food security in Ethiopia, research findings on gender in agriculture, and developing markets for sustainability in agriculture.
* Breakout groups with presentations and discussions on sustainability in commercial agriculture, and on agroecology.
* Workshops on tools for addressing gender in agricultural value chains, and on maximizing your online communications with the AgriProFocus website and social media.
* Launch of the Youth Business Challenge!
* Networking over booths and drinks.
Please find full program attached. All AgriProFocus Ethiopia members are welcome to participate, but they must register via this link.
Jean Remy Rutayisire is quite different from most youths. Unlike the majority of young men and women who find agriculture unattractive, Rutayisire says that this is an industry that has fascinated him since his childhood.
Desperate to raise money to start up an agricultural project, the Chief Executive Officer of the Muhanga based Urugwiro Poultry Farm Ltd took up a part-time job in photography in 2015. Since he was a high school student by then, he was only able to work during holidays, earning a daily wage of Rwf2,000.
He used some for his pocket money at school and saved the rest. By December last year, he had saved up to Rwf200,000—inadequate to see him venture into a significant farming project.
He was looking for Rwf2 million. However, efforts to mobilise capital from friends and relatives were unsuccessful. With his meagre savings, he decided to start a small poultry farm. o his... Read more
The National Youth in Agribusiness Forum will take place on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi from 7.00 am- 7.00 pm. The theme for this year is “Investing in the Next Frontier in Agricultural Transformation” and aims to bring county, national, regional and international stakeholders working towards supporting the youth in the agri-food sector. The Forum is one of the components under the PAINT-Y platform.
PAINT – Y (Promoting Agribusiness Investment Network and Trade for Youth) is a platform that appreciates the numerous initiatives that exist towards supporting youth in agribusiness and it is this rich pool of information, knowledge, experiences and expertise that PAINT-Y brings it all together with the goal of transforming agriculture and food systems for Kenya and the region. PAINT-Y is designed on the proposition that if all stakeholders can link to each other at their point of convergence, share an... Read more
Hey young Tanzanian,
Ever asked yourself what business you should start?
Obuntu Hub is excited to launch a new programme called "Tutoke Vipi". It is a series of interactive conferences with experts in different sector who will share their practical experiences and business opportunities available for young entrepreneurs in the particular sector.
The first edition will focus on Africa's 'green gold' - Agriculture.
Obuntu Hub is honored to host Neema Lugangira who has been been driving entrepreneurship and policy innovations in agriculture in Tanzania and abroad.
Join Obuntu hub from 13.30 to 15.30 pm on November 3rd in Arusha at Mega complex 6th Floor to discuss what opportunity the agriculture sector can offer you.
Interested? Find out more HERE
Location: Syngenta Farms Lusaka
Program Length: 6 months
Remuneration: K3,282 gross per month plus benefits
Anticipated start date: end of November
Number of Spots Available: 7
If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding role, please follow the following steps by November 2nd:
1. Fill in the following survey: https://goo.gl/forms/BDHrvAv9hsGjlybg2
2. AND, send in only the following documents to email@example.com with the subject line ‘YTIP Trainee
a. Your professional CV (maximum 2 pages including 2 references with their email addresses),
b. A cover letter address to Ms. Firth, and
c. A copy of your degree certificate.
See attachment for more details.
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There is more and more recognition for the importance of youth in the AgriFood sector. They hold the key to finding new, innovative and sustainable solutions for challenges within this sector! This also means there is a rise in the amount and variety of initiates supporting youth in this sector.
AgriProFocus has identified the need for more collaboration between these initiates, creating a more aligned supply of support to young agripreneurs.
That is why AgriProFocus has been working the last couple of months on the design of a new global youth initiative that focuses on synergy and collaboration between youth projects/programmes worldwide.
This design is taking shape, thanks to the regular input from members, and we are getting really enthusiastic!
We are organizing a breakfast meeting on the 23rd of October, getting even more input from members. At this meeting we take a breat... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya and Kenarava Group organised a youth in agribusiness stakeholder meeting and launch of PAINT-Y (Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth). PAINT-Y is a platform that centers youths as the driving force of their agenda. The event was held on 18th October, 2018 at Dusit D2 hotel and it brought together different stakeholders to discuss on how opportunities can be harnessed for collective action for scale and impact. In attendance were agripreneurs, researchers, policymakers, private sector and; government representatives from Kenya, Netherlands and Israel.
The meeting aimed at sharing AgriProFocus research findings on “Status of Youth in Agribusiness in Kenya,” provide a platform for contributions from youths in agribusiness on their struggles, successes, role of stakeholders in supporting youth and launch of PAINT-Y.
The Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Kenya, Mr. Eyal David informed delegates on some of the in... Read more