Are you from an agribusiness company or organization which currently work at Heho or Sothern Shan State? Are you interested to improve the linkages between your organization and SAI (State Agriculture Institute) or do you want to share the skills and capacities which you require in your business and/or Value Chain? We would like to invite you to our third regional Bizconnect workshop at Heho SAI on December 7, facilitated by AgriProFocus Myanmar. The Regional Bizconnect workshop is organized by Agriprofocus in cooperation with the Nuffic Niche, aiming at strengthening Agricultural Vocational Education in Myanmar. Would you like to join, please contact Thaint Yadanar Zaw: email@example.com or 09798926214 for more information? We warmly welcome your inquiry.
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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
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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
The world is changing. So are the food systems.
And now more than ever, the world needs young people proactively contributing to innovative, environmentally and economically sustainable food systems.This is the basis upon which the new YPARD strategic directions 2018-2021 lies. With the network Business Plan 2014- 2018 coming to a close, YPARD initiated a set of actions to determine the next course of the network’s direction.
Building on lessons learned from YPARD’s operations in the past 11
years, the 2018-2021 and through a participatory process, the YPARD
community identified four key aims that will continue to define the
success of the YPARD network now and beyond!
YPARD Myanmar is one of the YPARD units, supported by the YPARD Asia & Pacific Coordination Unit and the YPARD Global Coordination Unit.
Also in Ghana, moving to the city in search of work is the norm for rural youth. They don’t consider agriculture as a viable alternative source of livelihood and part of the reason is lack of access to land, knowledge, capital and financial services. To motivate young people to go into agriculture, for the past two and a half years, Solidaridad and its partners have implemented the MASO Programme to create employment opportunities for rural youth in the cocoa sector.
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The Agricultural Sector continues to be the most important sector in Uganda; it employs approximately 69% of the population and contributed about 26% to the GDP. Agro processing and Value addition in agricultural production can take different forms and levels ranging from the basic to more sophisticated level e.g. packaging, processing, cooling,drying, extracting or any other type of processes that differentiates the product from the original raw commodity. Investment opportunities in agriculture and agro-processing are vast, ranging from cut flower production for exports, oil seed production and processing, cotton production, ginning,spinning and weaving, the production and processing of livestock products.
Opportunities for investment exist in:
Commercial farming in both crops and animal industries, as well as aquaculture;
Value addition (Agro-industries -Ag... Read more
Food wasted every year in Africa could feed up to 300 million people, according to the United Nations. Lawrence Okettayot, a 23-year-old engineering student in Uganda, hopes that his food dehydrator will tackle not just his country's food waste problems but the world's.
He's spreading the word about a device he's created which could be a solution to Africa's food waste crisis. Food wasted every year in the continent could feed up to 300 million people, according to the United Nations. In just Uganda alone, up to 40% of fruit and vegetables end up being discarded.
But Lawrence, a 23-year old engineering student, hopes that his invention, the Sparky Dryer, will change everything. The device is a dehydrator running on garden waste that dries fruit and vegetables quickly, making them last for months instead of days.
It looks like a small fridge and uses organic waste instead of electric... Read more
My heart is full of hope after attending my inaugural Rural farmers Field days. The zeal and energy of the rural farmers is contagious. It can infect anyone who comes close, this for me is a sign of hope for the agriculture sector. Going forward we have to be determined to make this happen.
Why do I believe that Agriculture is going to work? One elderly man who dropped me at Kapsabet town from the Field day in Nandi profusely appreciated the effort portrayed by a number of young people like Rodgers Kirwa. He observed that young people are leading in taking agricultural talks to the village. He thinks that a movement of young people in agribusiness is in the oving so long as those leading this crusade never cease or give up. For me, this was a confirmation of my conviction that our generation has the ability and responsibility to transform our countries.
I am persuaded by my passion that I have a greater role to p
June 1st 2018
“Considering youth only as ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ no longer holds. They can be ‘Leaders of Today’ if they are given space and support. Key areas in this connection are training, incubation and financing mechanisms such as grants and loans.” - Dr Kwesi Atta-Krah, Director of Country Alignment and Systems Integration at IITA
On June 1, a large international foodFIRST conference was held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The conference focused on the challenges and opportunities for African farmers and agripreneurs, with as main question: How should the Dutch Diamond actors connect to these challenges and opportunities, establish partnerships for reinforcing rural-urban linkages, and develop the food chain?
AgriProFocus, The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the Young Expert Programmes (YEP Agrofood and YEP Water) organized a workshop during this with a focus on youth entrepreneurship in agricult... Read more
All participants prioritized to attend this training even they have personal, work related important cases because they really want to be active as a youth leader in their community. Training days are spent with interesting activities, concepts, discussion and brainstorming about how to be a leader for the youths in agricultural sector. HE. Wouter Jurgens, the Netherlands ambassador also visited the training to encourage the Agrifood youth ambassadors. Even the training is finished, it is not a finish, just a start for them.
Training objective is to know more about themselves... Read more
In this 3rd Community of Practice meet-up, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) shares insights of recent studies on youth involvement in food systems. How are young people organising themselves and how do they influence food systems? Insights are shared and some questions the studies raised are discussed. Look here for more information about this meet-up.
Place: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Date: May 22nd, 2018
Youth needs to be involved in agriculture, to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community development. We all agree. The assumption is that youth can act as change makers within their communities. There is a host of interventions to support them, from developing their skills to getting them organised. Despite, barriers persist for young people to succeed in agriculture. However, what do we know about how young people organise themselves and try to change food systems and how they work? There is much we can learn from youth here, from the diversity, the creativity and the organisational approaches through which they work and contri... Read more
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!
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
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
The Agrifood Bootcamp links Myanmar youth between age 18 and 35 to Dutch businesses and organisations in the agrifood sector. You can get selected for the Agrifood Bootcamp week, an exciting 4 day training program for a selected group of 40 students and young professionals to discover new opportunities, improve their skills and capacities, build their network and learn to solve challenges in the agrifood sector. The program takes place between April 2 and 6 and includes skills training, masterclasses, networking events, field visits, group work on solving challenges and coaching provided by the companies and organisations participating in the Agrifood Bootcamp. The winning team receives a leadership training package to become Youth Ambassadors.
Do you want to participate the Agrifood Bootcamp by pi... Read more
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Challenge: Develop a model for family owned poultry farmers to compete with international companies
‘The poultry market in Myanmar is dominated by unorganized small to medium-sized family-owned farms. Next to that, a few international companies in Myan... Read more
Agriterra is the international expert on agricultural cooperative- and farmer organisation development. Agriterra works with the most ambitious and entrepreneurial agricultural cooperatives in 17 countries who have a clear business ambition. Key training- and advisory areas: Develop the right capabilities to create value for members (farmers), install good governance practices, develop proper business cases, guide in getting access to finance and to facilitate (inter-)national market linkages.
Challenge: How to actively use the knowledge and vision of young farmers in agricultural cooperatives?
‘Agricultural cooperatives are effective instruments to organize as farmers, they have transformed agricultural sectors glob... Read more