The foodFIRST conference “Team Up with African Agripreneurs” is an international conference and takes place on Friday, June 1, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. During this conference, AgriProFocus, together with YEP and Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will facilitate the workshop “Youth entrepreneurship in agricultural transformation”.
The workshop starts at 11.00 with a macro perspective on the topic of 'youth agripreneurship in Africa'. This will be followed by a 'Youth Caravan', a Q&A session with several young entrepreneurs/ young professionals active in the field of agribusiness in Africa.
HERE You can register online for both the conference and the workshop and find more details about the programme. Be quick, because registrations are going fast!
We hope to see you in Utrecht!
This conference is about the challenges and opportunities for African
farmers/agripreneurs to provide the urban population with fresh and
healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat;
with a special focus on the farm-to-market trajectory.
The leading question is:
How should the Dutch Diamond actors (government, research institutions,
business and civil society organizations) connect to these
challenges and opportunities, establishing partnerships for reinforcing
rural-urban linkages and developing the food chain?
09.00h Registration, coffee
09.30h Short words of welcome by Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman,president foodFirst Coalition; Wachira Kariuki, ClassicFoods
10.10h Keynote speech: Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO
10.35h Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board WUR
11.00h Walk to workshop locations
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L’ambassade des Pays-Bas au Mali a accueilli ce vendredi 20 Avril 2018, un atelier animé par Mme Margreet, portant sur le lancement du projet SES4Food .
Margreet van der Pijl travaille depuis décembre 2017 pour l'Institut des Nations Unies pour la formation et la recherche (UNITAR). Au sein de l'UNITAR, une dynamique est en cours pour lancer un programme sur le soutien à l'entrepreneuriat social et la sécurité alimentaire (SES4Food), concept issu d'une cartographie, menée en 2016 en tant qu'entrepreneur social pour la Plateforme de connaissance alimentaire et commerciale de 7 pays: http://knowledge4food.net/mapping-social-entrepreneurs-food-value-chains-within-supporting-ecosystems/
Cet atelier fut l'occasion pour les différentes structures actives sur la thématique "Entrepreneuriat Jeune" d'échanger et aussi... Read more
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRA), Women in Tech Africa, Wennovation Hub (Nigeria) and Suguba (regional), has launched a program entitled “Pitch AgriHack 2018” to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and promotion of youth employment.
The theme for this year’s edition is “Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”.
Two categories are available:
Early stage platform: This is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that have already been developed but that may still need software or business model improvements. Participants must be able to demonstrate the business potential and functional features of their applications or platforms.
Advanced pl... Read more
Rural Youth Agropreneurs Association-RUYAA is organising a one day symposium dubbed "Farmer financial literacy" aimed at bringing to light the significance of fincial literacy to farmers.
The one summit will be held in mbarara on thursday 29th November 2018. The leading facilitator will be Dr.Mersian Turyahebwa and the guest of honour will be the western youth MP.
Other presentions will be from lead farmers in the region.
More updates about the event shall be unveiled here.
For more info call +256781260064
Ruyaa is a youth farmers organisation operating in western uganda but currently in kamwenge and ibanda districts. The association aims to create a platform to share common experiences about problems and apportunities in farming.
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Fertilizer helps plants grow to be stronger, healthier and bigger. There are many ways to make your own fertilizer, from all-purpose recipes to simple household products that can naturally boost nutrient levels in your soil.
Soils naturally contain many nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium. These nutrients allow plants to grow. When soil nutrients are missing or in short supply, plants suffer from nutrient deficiency and stop growing. When the nutrient level is too lo... Read more
On Friday, April 6, we successfully hosted the Agrifood Bootcamp Showcase Event in Nay Pyi Taw. The Showcase event was the closing of the Agrifood Bootcamp. 5 groups of highly talented Myanmar youth impressed the audience and the highlevel jury with their innovative business solutions for agrifood challenges in Myanmar.
The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project organized by AgriProFocus Myanmar in collaboration with the Dutch agribusiness companies and organizations De Heus, East West Seed, Agriterra, Fresh Studio and ICCO Cooperation. Together, we supported Myanmar youth between 18 and 35 to participate in an exciting week long training program from April 2 to 6. We selected a talented and extremely motivated group of 40 participants with diverse backgrounds: Students from 5 different universities, young professionals and agri-entrepreneurs.
They learned about the daily affairs of agr... Read more
In many countries across the world, food systems are changing fast, interlinked with the dynamics of population growth and urbanization. At the same time, the largest number of young people ever is growing up. Youth, particularly in low and middle income countries, struggle to find decent jobs, make the transition from education to work and mature in terms of independence. Young people should have the opportunity to fully participate in the economy especially in areas where agriculture is the main sector. Young people increasingly do not see farming as a viable livelihood for the future and tend to migrate to other (urban) areas.
A shaking up of the sector is needed to engage youth in its future development. Entrepreneurship and innovation are key in making this connection. Young people have the potential to find profitability and promise in doing things differently: they can link food markets, develop new food products with added value and new... Read more
Remise des attestations de la Formation en technique de production maraichère dans le cadre des activités du Projet « Entrepreneuriat Agrricole, Alternative Durable à la Migration Irrégulière », une initiative soutenue financièrement par la Fondation pour l’Egalité des Chances en Afrique.
SIGNATURE DU PROTOCOLE D’ACCORD ENTRE LE GOUVERNEMENT DE SON ALTESSE SERENISSIME LE PRINCE DE MONACO ETLE MINISTERE DE LA PROMOTION DE L’INVESTISSEMENT ET DU SECTEUR PRIVE POUR LA MISE EN ŒUVRE DU PROJET ENTREPRENEURIAT AGRICOLE JEUNE
PROJET ENTREPRENEURIAT AGRICOLE JEUNE
Ce vendredi 23 Mars 2018, la salle de conférence du Ministère de la promotion des investissements et du secteur privé a servi de cadre d'une importante cérémonie de signature en presence des partenaires de mise en oeuvre du projet et surtout le Coordinateur National du réseau AgriProFocus Mali.
Le présent Protocole d’Accord a pour objet de définir les... Read more
Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment
How to apply: here
Sector: Gender & Youth
Deadline: 30th April, 2018 Washington D.C. local time
The 1.8 billion young people in the world today represent the largest youth population in history. In many parts of the world, youth lack opportunities for education and meaningful employment; an estimated 21 percent of youth are neither employed nor enrolled in education or training opportunities leaving these youth disaffected and with little hope for their future prospects.
Youth unemployment disproportionally affects young women. Globally, only 37 percent of young women participate in the labor force, compared to 54 percent of young men. When young women are excluded from economic opportunities, gender inequality is reinforced and they are less able to invest in their own health, education and safety – and that... Read more
DEAR MEMBERS AND PARTNERS,
We are pleased to announce the second Business Drinks of 2018, which will be held on Thursday January 22nd at Black Rose Lounge (upstairs from Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.
You are cordially invited to participate. Please confirm your attendance using this LINK (If the link is not working, you can confirm via email firstname.lastname@example.org). *Please note, people who do not register/confirm will not be able to attend. There are limited spaces for this event, so registration is mandatory for participation.
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 visi... Read more
Dans le cadre de la facilitation de cet ambitieux projet de promotion de l'entrepreneuriat des jeunes dans le secteur de l'agrobusiness, votre réseau a tenu ce vendredi 09 Mars 2018, une séance de travail au ministère de la promotion de l'Investissement et du secteur privé. Ladite rencontre avec le SEGAL du Minitère Mr Sissoko et Mr Demba Tounkara le Conseiller Technique du Ministre a permis de revenir sur l'historique du projet et surtout préparer la signature de la convantion d'accord entre la principauté de Monanco et la République du Mali dans le cadre de la coopération entre les deux pays.
L’objectif principal du Projet est de contribuer à réduire la vulnérabilité des jeunes dans les régions de Kayes, Koulikoro et Ségou à travers l'amélioration des perspectives d'insertion économique pérennes dans le secteur agricole.
Les objectifs spécifiques se déclinent comme suit’ :
1. Elaborer et diffuser l'état des... Read more
In Kenya youth unemployment is higher than the overall national unemployment rate. While the latter is around 10% it goes as high as 35% for youth, depending on the age group. According to the UNDP study, 80% of the currently 2.3 million unemployed are young people between 15 and 34 years (World Bank, 2014).
Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, directly contributing 24% of the annual GDP and another 27% indirect contribution (ASDS, 2010 – 2020). The sector is therefore critical in creating employment and improving living standards of Kenyans. It’s against this background that Agriculture has been identified as one of the key sectors to deliver the 10 per cent annual economic growth rate envisaged in the economic pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030. This growth can be achieved through transforming small-scale agriculture from subsistence to innovative, commercially oriented and modern agriculture.
The Ministry o... Read more
Truvalu.startups the enable youth fund manager is a business accelerator that provides the expertise, hands-on support and connections to help businesses enter emerging economies. We target to support a total of 150 young agripreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 years and women, from and around irrigation schemes in the areas of Nebbi (Wadelai), Gulu (Tochi), Kasese (Mubuku II), Butaleja (Doho) and Kween (Ngenge). We will introduce the selected candidates to new technologies and innovative business models and we will help them to build up the local ecosystem that can support them best. At the end of the 6 months of intensive business acceleration program we will provide seed investment of maximum $8,000 USD each to the most promising 90 agripreneurs.
Truvalu.startups is therefore seeking for trainers to train young agripreneurs for this program. If you are a trainer and interested in being selected to do... Read more
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
- R... Read more
In Zimbabwe, it is hard to sell agriculture as a meaningful career for the youth. To them, the cities hold more promise than the fields. Similarly, in Kenya, many youths would rather migrate to the cities than stay in the rural areas to pursue a career in agriculture. They have real reasons to back their choice: Agriculture can be tedious, labor intensive, a risky business, unrewarding, and unproductive. Further, many cannot afford to raise the capital needed to secure land and other equipments and inputs needed to launch a successful and thriving agribusiness.
Yet, there are many success stories coming from Africa of successful youth agripreneurs, who, despite the above hurdles have used their skills, creativity, and innovation and leveraged on technology to build strong, thriving agribusinesses. They are making a career out of agriculture.
In Nigeria, for example, Angel Adelaja, has built a succe... Read more
On 7 February 2018, AgriProFocus Myanmar successfully hosted the Final Agrifood Bootcamp Teaser Workshop at Yangon University of Economics. Wow!!! We were impressed by the active input and high quality of the contributions from young people to solve the various challenges presented by the companies and organizations. There were 165 participants from Yangon University of Economics and other interested youth.. When we announced the statement “ I can contribute to developing the agriculture sector with my educational background”, more than 70% of the participants stand up and agreed the statement.
The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project to link Myanmar students and young professionals age 18 and 35 to Dutch businesses and organisations in the agrifood sector. The objective is to increase awareness of youth about the opportunities in agribusiness, improve linkages and exchange between Myanmar youth and D... Read more
AAPC is an annual flagship event organized by the Policy Analysis Group (PAG), an informal and voluntary group with members working on agricultural policy projects and initiatives, academia and local and international policy think tanks. Established in 2013, the group has 20 members and provides a platform for sharing information on policy research and activities so as to enhance coordination, collaboration and synergy. PAG also aims at ensuring consistency in policy messaging.
Theme: Integrating Food and Nutrition Security into Economic Transformation and Industrialization Agenda in Tanzania
The fourth edition of AAPC will look at how key reform implementers of Tanzania’s agricultural sector are delivering under six key pillars relevant to the theme of the conference. These include: 1) Agricultural Sector Policy, (2) Agricultural Trade and Marketing, (3) Enabling Environment for Private Sector Investment, (4) Agricultural Land Access Dynamics & Land Tenure Policy (5) Access to Finance an... Read more