youth

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 9 December 2014 at 01:09

Deputy Secretary General Challenged Participants @ 1st East African Youth Conference on Pig farming as a solution to Poverty Alleviation in rural areas.

The 1st EAC Youth Conference gathered more than 200 youths and senior officers from EAC Countries with a theme "YOUTH: THINK.SPEAK.PARTICIPE". Participants have been inspired and agribusiness took a major place in constructive discussions. In the closing ceremony, DSG shared the power of pig farming for income generation. Following is a pitch on the project of pig farming in Huye District to be implemented by Youth Agri Business Co. Ltd.


Huye district has an estimated population of 328, 608; average population growth rate of 2.20%, inactivity rate of 19.3% and a labor force of 75.6% engaged in agriculture. About 300 million youth aged 16 to 30 years are unemployed around the world, though having potentials of becoming entrepreneurs, only less than 5% do due to lack of today’s labor market skills. More than 118, 000 youth population aged 14-35

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Didier MUYIRAMYE That is really woww! Congz to Youth Agribusiness Co. Ltd. Could you tell us other info on Youth Agribusiness Co.? is it a cooperative, company? Where is it based at?

4 years 1 week ago

Posted By in Media
Posted 8 December 2014 at 07:00

THE PLACE TO BE: Machakos County Agri-Business Fair

Agri-ProFocus Kenya in collaboration with Kenya Livestock Producers association (KLPA) and Land O Lakes- K-SALES program held the last Agribusiness fair in 2014 on 4th and 5th of December 2014 at St. Mary’s Boys Primary school in Machakos County.

The event attracted more than 50 exhibitors from local farmer groups as well as producer organizations and about 6000 farmers on both days. The event can be termed as one of the most successful event amongst all that have been held this year. Farmers and all the participants showed willingness to participate especially when it came to buying raffle tickets in order to win prizes.

One of the farmers present at the event had this to say, “I have gone to Family Bank where they promised to give me a loan, buy for me a tank and bring it at home. This is what I will use to start my irrigation process.”  Most farmers indicated that the event has helped them learn a lot of thing

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 November 2014 at 08:31

A Young Farmer Who Doubled His Sesame Yield

Mersha Awoke, 27, has been working as a farmer since 2007. He lives in Mogo kebele, Wolkaite woreda which is about 130 km far from the western Tigray zone Humera town. To make a living, Mersha has started a farming activity when he became strong enough to support himself. During the rainy season, Mersha usually produces sesame and sorghum in the land that he leases from other farmers, while in the dry season; he produces tomatoes through irrigation (together with some of his colleagues).

This production year, Mersha leased a total of seven and half hectare land for 15,000 ETB. Despite the heavy rain, Mersha has managed to harvest on average 7.4 quintal sesame per hectare from a total land of 5.5 ha. He is waiting for the harvesting time for sorghum. Because of the heavy rain, some of the farmers who used the traditional practices harvested between 0 and 2 quintals per hectare.

Mersha is very grateful for the support that he gets from the SBN-Support Programme

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 November 2014 at 01:18

Agri-ProFocus Youth In Agribusiness Event, 2014

Dear members,
Agri-ProFocus in partnership with its member organisations SNV, YEDMA, YAA, Agro-Tourism Association, ICCO Cooperation, ZOA, YESE, YADEN, and FIN Africa organised a regional conferences that aimed at motivating youth into Agribusiness at Kati Kati, Lugogo
We would like to thank you, our members, for participating and contributing to this event. For those of you who would like to get updates about the Youth Innovation community and other ICs, kindly subscribe to the "Innovation Communities" on the left side of the Uganda Page.
The  youth presentations from the event can be found here

 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 November 2014 at 12:20

Agriculture and youth employment: The missing link


The agricultural sector has a huge potential to create jobs but needs to polish its image in order to attract more young people , Read more the success story documented by ILO click this link http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/features/WCMS_235524/lang--ja/index.htm


Mugisha Richard Hullo comrades, These are good findings. Agriculture sector has the great potential to create jobs for the youth. However, the question remains; Who is responsible for attracting the Youth in Agriculture? The Government says Agriculture is private sector led. This means it has little and/or no big role to play in Agricultural development especially when it comes to creation of employment opportunities, say for the Youth. There is therefore; need to clarify whether Agriculture is "a public or private good". What is your view?

3 years 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 17 November 2014 at 08:22

AECF Launches Africa Agribusiness Window


The 2nd round of the AECF AAW is now open. It seeks business ideas in agricultural production; the production and/or supply and distribution of agricultural inputs, agro-processing; post-harvest or post-processing activities such as storage, wholesaling, retailing, shipping and exporting; livestock; aquaculture; forestry; rural financial services; supply chain logistics; and information and media services.

Business ideas that qualify for funding must be innovative and have positive impact on the rural poor: delivering increased employment reduced costs and improved productivity.

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Caroline very useful information

4 years 1 month ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Thanks a lot Caroline

4 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 November 2014 at 07:22

Dear members , A group of youth members who have ventured into tomato growing are seeking help from any organization, individuals, company or any one with information or contacts on how they can obtain funds and other techniques regarding tomato growing to expand their project in order to generate more opportunities and also gain some profits out of it. The project is currently sited in kawaala , Lubaga zone Kampala Uganda, on top of unfinished flat where we have our demonstration garden. For any information or any assistance contact Mr kategaya Marc , at +256704350300, or email him at marckategs@yahoo.co.uk.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 November 2014 at 07:18

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND INDUSTRY: Building a new generation of African Soil Scientists and Agronomists


Date: December 1st to December 5th 2014

Venue: Kenyatta University

Contact: Brian- 0722 665 850

Visiting Website: http://www.heafrica-youthinagriculture.net/


The overall goal of the conference is to contribute towards a food and nutrition secure Africa through capacity building, knowledge generation and technology dissemination. This conference will bring together young African agricultural scientists, agripreneurs, stakeholders in agricultural value chains and industry, high level policy makers and distinguished keynote speakers from Africa and the entire globe.

Betty Mutua How can I join the conference

4 years 3 weeks ago

Nicole Metz it is a few months later now; do you have the report of the conference ? I checked the conference website and didn't find it. (it could be relevant for the Fertlie Ground Initiative and the work of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform ( www.knowledge4food.net )

3 years 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 November 2014 at 07:11

IAAS EAST AFRRICA CONFERENCE

3 Day Conference from 27-29 November, Venue Egerton University Nakuru, Kenya

Apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aQr3aPWKNPKMb0z45riZX1V31VCYd6SPtBxGIcIwGWA/viewform?usp=send_form

The aim of this event is to bring together agricultural students from all over East Africa to let them get in touch with IAAS, provide inspiring lectures and improve soft skills.
All students from every country are welcome, with the emphasize on East African countries ! 


The minister of agriculture of the Nakuru county supports this event and will give the opening speech !

For the students that come from non-member countries (so not from Kenya) there will be a detailed description how to apply for a candidate membership and how to find a team who can lead the new national/local IAAS committee.

After the event the students who attended should feel really motivated to join IAAS, to be an active member in their local committee, to take initiative to organize local / nationa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2014 at 10:42

The Agribusiness Council of Australia enjoys the work of this group and welcomes the opportunity to contribute. The Ag+Council also provides free membership to ALL students: see https://agriculture.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp? We are the world's first 100% online industry advocacy network. Advancing the interests of agribusiness is our core interest, our motto: Growing solutions.   

Posted By in International
Posted 4 November 2014 at 10:16

New release: Coffee Toolkit, approaches and tools to integrate women and youth, into all stages of the value chain

Coffee toolkit Sustainable coffee as a family business. Available online for download now!

The first toolkit to include women and youth in the coffee sector has been released today- a joint collaboration between the Sustainable Coffee Program, Hivos and Agri-ProFocus to address the inequalities that women and youth in the coffee supply chain experience in relation to access to trainings, land ownership, inputs and income. These issues create a generation demotivated to stay in coffee farming, which poses a great threat to coffee production as a whole. 

Therefore, this toolkit provides practical approaches and tools, which serve to motivate and assist coffee roasters, traders and their practitioners to apply an inclusive approach to de-veloping better functioning coffee chains, benefitting both men and women of different age groups equally. It synthesized the learnings of

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Hedwig Bruggeman Very proud that the initial AgriProFocus gender and value chain toolkit is now through joint network action adapted to serve a specific value chain. Congrats ! And I'm with full confidence looking forward to the impact.

4 years 3 weeks ago

Hance R. Melchior Congrats of the nice and simple technology that can be used by the majority farmers including women, men and youth in coffee harvesting. It is my hope that this new technology will simplify the work for farmers.

4 years 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 October 2014 at 03:39

Invitation: Public lecture H.E. Minister Akinwumi Adesina 14 November 2014 at Wageningen Campus

Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) and FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa) are pleased to announce a special lecture to be presented by Hon Dr Akinwumi Adesina (minister of Agriculture, Nigeria).


On Friday 14 November 2014 Hon Dr Akinwumi Adesina will give a lecture entitled: “Unlocking Africa’s potential for Growth and Prosperity”. Note: all the African Ambassadors in the Netherlands have been invited for this lecture. The lecture will take place at the Orion Building at Wageningen Campus. Please register in case you want to attend this lecture HERE. 

Dr Akinwumi Adesina
Dr Adesina is the honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Federal Government of Nigeria. During the past couple of years, Dr Adesina has meticulously concentrated his energy on the transformation of the Agricultural sector of Nigeria. According to the Minister, ‘poverty is not

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 October 2014 at 07:08

Please register you participation at the upcoming Youth in Agribusiness Regional Inspirational Conference (YARIC) scheduled for 30th and 31st October 2014 at Kati, Kati Kampala. please note participation will be by invitation only and as such are requested to register at the link below;

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yaric-registration-13626618583

YARIC concept.docx

MATHIAS OKURUT

I have tried to register using the link provided but failed. Is there any other way to register? 

4 years 2 months ago

karama farid

Great initiative,Wish you all great deliberations in the conference 

4 years 2 months ago

Humphrey Mutaasa

This is the right thing we are doing, because if any sector is to develop, Youths have to be at the center of all processes.

4 years 2 months ago

Sylvia Natukunda

Hi Mathias, I am told that you have fill all the fields that are marked with a star. If this fails; try this link;

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bOZ8MGw6sXe2xBQpua40lxFidvjFU1DLiXMGpw2id4s/viewform

4 years 2 months ago

Sylvia Natukunda

Thanks Farid and Humphrey!

4 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 October 2014 at 07:12

Dear all,

I bring to your attention the report on Situation Analysis Youth in Agribusiness in Uganda; Focus on agribusiness. Follow the link to access the report:

http://apf-uganda.ning.com/group/youth-in-agribusiness/page/reports-and-documents

Best regards,

Sylvia

Harriet Fowler

i don't see the link?

4 years 1 month ago

Sylvia Natukunda

Dear Harriet,

The link is now included. The report was temporarily removed for minor edits but it's up again.

Sylvia

4 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 12 September 2014 at 07:49

Dear all,

Im are pleased to share with you a new publication entitled “Youth and Agriculture: Key Challenges and Concrete Solutions”produced jointly by CTA, FAO and IFAD. We can do a brainstorming and see if we can replicate the proposed solutions as in TYIAF.

Here is a short description of the publication:

Youth and Agriculture: Key Challenges and Concrete Solutions,

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New publication by FAO, CTA and IFAD

The Global population is expected to increase to 9 billion by 2050, of which, 14% are youth aged between 15 – 24 years. While the world’s youth population is will grow significantly, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth, esp

ecially those living in developing countries’ economically stagnant rural areas – remain limited, poorly remunerated and of poor quality. Few young people see a future for themselves in agriculture or rural areas. Some of the major challenges faced are: limited access to land; inadequate access to financial services; insufficient access to

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 15 August 2014 at 08:45



On behalf of TYIAF Organizing committee i wish to welcome all interested and inspired members of Agrihub Tanzania to attend our prosperous youth forum to be held in Lindi in 23rd August 2014.

This event is organized by a consortium of organisations under the Agri-ProFocus Tanzania umbrella namely; AMSHA Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship and Tanzania Graduate Farmers Association (TGFA) in partnership with ANSAF, Africare and LIMAS will hold the Lindi and Mtwara road show. The road show aims to embrace agribusiness opportunities for youth employment by bringing key stakeholders in the agriculture sector  to share experiences and best practices/achievements made by youth led enterprises and initiatives while addressing opportunities and challenges for youths engagement in agriculture value chains. The following are the opportunities for you:

For more details on the event please CLICK HERE

Participate in the event: Only for interested Applicants

For Individual/ Groups or Organizations/Institutions - Please fill the FILL THIS ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 November 2013 at 03:47

Fair & Sustainable, together with IICD in the Connect4Change consortium conducted some very interesting research in Kenya, on the positive effects of getting youth engaged in farming through ICT innovations:  

"The first preliminary results highlighted a surprising phenomenon: older farmers claimed that this ICT application had motivated the youth to invest much more in farming. This conspicuous statement led to the formulation of an exploratory research, which was implemented by FSAS (Ben Haagsma) and E-Solutions Africa (Henry Kimathi) at these three Kenyan organisations."

See the full article here: website Fair&Sustainable

See the website of IICD for a publication on the research.  

Kigenyi Rajab

Hello Inger,

ICT can't be ignored in this 21st century because almost everything involves the use of technology ranging from online platforms that can provide any information that you would possibly want regarding prices,markets and agricultural farmings practices.

Some of these may even include tutorials either online or on DVDS and i personally find it convenient.

Am taking a course on IT and would be glad to come up with some applications to help take agriculture to the next level.

Thanks,

Rajab

5 years 2 weeks ago

Taddewo Senyonyi

ICT will definitely take farming to the next level. However, the research doesn't look at the cost. For example, in Uganda, how many youths can afford to buy the affordable walking tractor? How about combined harvesters? Many can't even afford improved seeds and ICT related inputs. I would think governments and NGOs can come in handy!

5 years 2 weeks ago

Kigenyi Rajab

Hello taddewo i agree with you but if we talk about research there is no one cheap no matter the duration but we should also note that a large section of the youth is interested in the white color job and it should really be challenging to convince them to adapt to agriculture.

It is for the people who don't fear risks and are patient enough, so ICT can try to include them and get them participate but it really needs a lot of sensitization from the government and NGO's and successful farmers who don't mind to spare some time for them.

Thanks,

Rajab

5 years 2 weeks ago

Taddewo Senyonyi

On white collar jobs, Rajab, you're spot on

5 years 2 weeks ago