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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
Agri-ProFocus Youth In Agribusiness Event, 2014
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
3 Day Conference from 27-29 November, Venue Egerton University Nakuru, Kenya
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
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.
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).
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;
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:
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:
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.