Agriculture is lifeline for most of developed and developing country especially Tanzania. It is the key occupation which can eradicate poverty quickly in most of African countries, but it depends on how it is practiced.
For the small scale farmers the challenge starts from the farms before getting to the market, here I am talking about equipment for better farming and awareness on the best seeds for more yields production, and appropriate place to conduct agriculture for a particular crop. From the last month I put my product below to the market, despite of more products produced (water melons) at the time, the biggest challenge was to the middleman whom I've been working with, i.e one watermelon cost five thousand Tsh, so what the middleman do is to drop the price of your product to three thousand Tsh. for the reason that the market is poor at that time. In the end they sell to their own customers by secret agreement between them, instead of selling... Read more
Join our online discussion from 03 November to 17 November on this platform.
Over the last years, there has been encouragement of Rwandan Youth to adequately utilize the technical and financial support that is being availed to them by the Government of Rwanda and Development Partners. Multi-stakeholder partnerships have formed, and time and money have been invested.
Leave a reply below this message. The outcomes of your contributions will be shared at the Youth in Agribusiness Festival on November 22!
If you have questions or need assistance, contact:
At AgriProFocus Rwanda: Thacien Munyamahame, Assistant Coordinator
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At Rural Development Initiative (RDI): Aime Kayumba, Director
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AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Rural Development Initiative (RDI) and the University of Rwanda/College of Agriculture (UR/CAVM), National Youth Council(NYC) & Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) is organizing the ’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 as well as creating links and networking space between youth agripreneurs and agribusiness companies, development partners, farmers’ federations, farmers cooperatives’, financial institutions’ and policy makers.
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... Read more
The world population is estimated to be over 9 billion by 2050 with the greatest challenge being food insecurity. With this encroaching danger, efforts by global bodies led by the United Nations to solve the problem have been enhanced. However, I am afraid the effort is not bearing fruits as expected.
Of importance to me is the role of youth in establishing sustainable and resilient agricultural projects. Resilience happens when we are able to put a human face to development interventions- FAO. According to Africa Agenda 2063, Youth and women have been given a prominent role in establishing and sustaining economies in Africa through agriculture. This has also been echoed by the United Nation.
Although there exist new valuable knowledge, technology and skills to help in enhancing productivity in agriculture; either adoption rate has been slow or communication of information has failed.
While attending a con... Read more
The ASEAN-EU Youth Forum is a continuation of the RoundTable Discussion on Strengthening Farmers’ Organizations/Agricultural Cooperatives and Attracting Youth in Agriculture, which previously took place on 2016 at the ASEAN Foundation.They declared their agreements and call for actions drawn from their sharing, collective reflection a... Read more
Africa's largest spectacle and business platform in agribusiness incubation, the African Agribusiness Conference and Expo will be held again in Dakar, Senegal for another 3 days of pure business from 7th to 9th March, 2018.
High on the agenda is the role of agribusiness incubation and thematic side-events addressing existing bottlenecks to agribusiness development in Africa with the guiding theme of “Turning Science into Business.”
Like the inaugural edition, the second Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day will be hosted by the youth at the centre with all events tailor-made for the youth.
From 450 delegates in Nairobi, Kenya in 2015 to 900 in Accra Ghana 2016, this business boosting spectacle is calling for more seats to accommodate the demand come March 2018 in Dakar.
For the official invitation, conference concept, program and online registration please visit www.africaain.info
For 3 days (26 to 28 of October) farmers had an opportunity to learn and visit exhibitors at the Meru's Fair, whereby apart from the exhibition also farmers were going for classes to discuss and ask question from agriculture expert on different topics.
On the first day topics covered were accessibility of good quality seed, importance of using good quality seed in vegetable and climate change and parthenium fighting.
Day two session, access to market and capital for agricultural products, food safety for the better community and importance of social security fund for farmers.
Day three, topic discussed involved opportunities in agriculture, land and capital for young farmers. And youth involvement in agriculture which was presented by the AgriProFocus representative.
During the discussion farmers had opportunity to ask questions, share their experience and advice their fellow farmers in the matter discussed.
"In order to succeed in... Read more
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