The National Youth in Agribusiness Forum will take place on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi from 7.00 am- 7.00 pm. The theme for this year is “Investing in the Next Frontier in Agricultural Transformation” and aims to bring county, national, regional and international stakeholders working towards supporting the youth in the agri-food sector. The Forum is one of the components under the PAINT-Y platform.
PAINT – Y (Promoting Agribusiness Investment Network and Trade for Youth) is a platform that appreciates the numerous initiatives that exist towards supporting youth in agribusiness and it is this rich pool of information, knowledge, experiences and expertise that PAINT-Y brings it all together with the goal of transforming agriculture and food systems for Kenya and the region. PAINT-Y is designed on the proposition that if all stakeholders can link to each other at their point of convergence, share an... Read more
AgriProFocus, Kenya in collaboration with Kenerava Group will today hold a stakeholders meeting on Youth in Agribusiness and how they can harness opportunities for collective action for scale and impact. The aim of the meeting is to share insights from the scan done by AgriFocus on the status of Kenyan youth in Agribusiness, provide a platform for youths in agribusiness to share their struggles, successes and the role of stakeholders in creating an effective support ecosystem for youth to thrive and grow. Lastly, there will be a launch of PAINT-Y, a platform that uniquely puts youth in the driving seat of their agenda. PAINT-Y aims to Inspire, Connect and facilitate Collaboration.
The first ever Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is being organised to take place in the next few months.
The Expo will seek to bring together young agri-entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses; government, development partners, and investors looking for investable and innovative youth-led agri-entreprises to invest in and support.
The Expo is targeting 250+ Young agri-entrepreneurs (age 18 – 35) with at least two year old agri-enterprises; and 50+ stakeholders supporting young agri-entrepreneurs.
What to expect at the Expo
> An entrepreneur Showcase
>Multiple B2B and B2C meetings intended to open new business opportunities and networks
for young agri-entrepreneurs.
>Series of interactive formats including panel discussions, round-tables and presentations.
Stay tuned as we finalise on the dates of this event.
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
From the internet, TV or journals and newspapers we receive a constant stream of information about health risks associated with the food we eat. Food arrives in every home from all over the world and it is a sensitive commodity. It can be affected by contamination from microbes, heavy metals and toxins which get to the food inadvertently through poor hygiene, or it can be tampered with intentionally via food fraud. Everything that finds its way into food, if not used correctly, can be dangerous. Food additives, intentionally put into food to facilitate production, Residues of pesticides, used to protect plants against pests that may ruin our harvest and cause famines and Residues of veterinary drugs used in animal production.
Population growth, animal health and climate change are important issues affecting our food supply and as the United Nations f... Read more
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The purpose of the Agriculture apprenticeship is to fill the gap for skilled manpower in farms and to create employment opportunities for the rapidly growing masses of unemployed graduates of Kenya learning institutions.
For more information on the same or any referrals kindly contact;
Peris @ 0727 203 251
Christine @ 0716 431 054
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
In collaboration with Agriterra, AgriProFocus will convene a 2 day workshop for 60 youths drawn from cooperatives working with Agriterra. This workshop fits well with our vision of seeing more youths in leadership positions within the agribusiness sector.
The aim of the 2 day workshop is to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra organize themselves better to be able to advocate for inclusion in the cooperative management. This will involve looking at what their responsibility as young farmers is towards the cooperative. In addition, the young farmers will look at the role of the cooperatives in enhancing more youth participation in management.
· To provide a platform to share and learn from each other on already existing best practices from the Netherlands [Dutch Young Farmers Organisation] as well as local cooperatives that have successfully set up youth councils within their management structure.
· To develop an engagement strate... Read more
Agriculture is the major sector in Kenya yet young people do not want to venture in it to sustain themselves and create employment. The youth will always think of agriculture as something to do when they retire from offices. There are many parties coming together to ensure that the youth are empowered to venture into agribusiness and promote food security in the world.
It is with this reason that AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with USIU-Africa’s Global Agribusiness Management and entrepreneurship (GAME) Center hosted a youth in agribusiness trendsetter’s caravan on 24th March 2016. The event was held at USIU-Africa and was officially opened by Professor Francis Wambalaba from USIU-Africa.
One of the most interesting activities that took place during the forum is the ideation through simulation. The simulation activity is a practical guide to running a successful enterprise. Youth in the forum found the activity very involvin... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with United States International University (USIU) – Africa’s Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (GAME) Centre invites you to our 1st trendsetters networking forum on Thursday 24th March 2016 at USIU-Africa from 1.00 -5.00 pm .
AgriProFocus has provided a neutral platform for networking, sharing and learning and would like to build onto the successes achieved so far. We cannot do this alone and we would like to invite you to a networking and brainstorming session. The objectives of this forum include:
1. Joint visioning on the shared goal to be achieved through the activities of the trendsetters' caravan
2. Joint planning for activities in 2016-2017
3. Explore strategic partnerships to profile the caravan
The forum as usual will provide enough opportunity for networking, sharing and learning. Details of the event and invitation letter are attached below.
Register for the event on or before 14th, March 2016 by filling this... Read more
The role of technology and innovations in the improvement of agriculture and food production sector is not in dispute any more. It is important that we leverage these innovative solutions to benefit owners of agricultural enterprises, food security, climate change mitigation and creation of job opportunities.
Who will attend?
The conference is “a must attend” event for farmers in Africa to learn and source for new products and technologies that can raise yields, ease their operations, reduce impact on natural resources, combat climate change and increase profitability. It will give exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their innovations and products, establish new relationships with buyers, take products forward into new markets and help increase sales. It will be an important forum for authorities to understand the benefits of effecting sustainable agriculture policies and programs, find technologies that would work for their communities and meet international partners. Supply chain p... Read more
On Friday 6th November 2015, Kees Wantenaar - AgriProFocus Board chairperson and Gijs Aarts, accompanied by AgriProFocus staff went to visit a practical farm in Matasia, Kajiado County. Kees and Gijs came to Nairobi to attend the regional extensive livestock expo which took place from 4 - 6 November 2015. In line with this, they saw the need to visit a practical farm. 2 years ago, Jolly footprints was discovered under the leadership of Teresiah Ng’ang’a. Jolly Footprints thrives in breeding and supply of Improved Kienyeji chicken commonly known as Kuroiler chicken.
This variety is a special species of chicken that takes about 4 months to mature and it tastes better than the common broiler chicken. As a master graduate from Wagenigen University, Teresiah has no regrets whatsoever venturing into agribusiness. She is a living example that youth can make up decisions to employ others and not chase the white collar jobs.
“O... Read more
This forum brought the youth to participate in marathon and later on do presentation in different sectors in agriculture. The main aim of congregating at the KCB grounds was to discourage youth in Kajiado County from engaging in drug abuse and explore constructive opportunities in agriculture that can generate income and improve lives.
The event was graced by the governor of Kajiado county who advised the youth that they had a short time as youths to chart out their future.
AgriProFocus Kenya was represented by trendsetters from the youth in Agribusiness caravan and two staff members. The trendsetters included Leah Wambui Mwehia of Kiambu Strawberries, Peter Githinji of chickway poultry and Ruth of Top Farmer Magazine. Mr. Moses Kinaiya of Mifugo trade presented... Read more
Deadline: 3 October 2015
The World Bank Youth Summit 2015 will be held from November 16-17, 2015 in Washington, DC, USA on the theme of ‘Crowd-Sourcing Solutions for Climate Change.’ The Summit invites young people from around the world to use their knowledge and creativity to crowdsource solutions for climate change that contribute to growth and development in developing and emerging countries.
This is an opportunity for young professionals to present their creative solutions, and spark a global dialogue on innovative ways to address the reality of climate change impacts. For more information please follow this link: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2015/08/26/youth-summit-2015#6
Sommet de la Jeunesse du Group de la Banque Mondiale 2015 du 16-17 Novembre 2015 à Washington, DC
Date limite: 3 Octobre 2015
Le Sommet de la Jeunesse 2015... Read more
The Western Agribusiness Investment Symposium & Exhibition Conveners are pleased to announce that our 2nd Edition will be held from 2 - 4 December, 2015 at the Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu.
The Symposium seeks to bring together 500 key stakeholders involved in the agriculture value chain within the Lake Victoria ecosystem. The Lake Victoria trading Block comprises fifteen counties that border the lake. These counties are Kisumu, Kakamega, Kisii, Vihiga, Migori, Nyamira, Busia, Bungoma, Siaya, Homabay, Bomet, Kericho and Trans-Nzoia.
The 2nd Western Agribusiness Investment Symposium & Exhibition will focus on Business to Business (B2B), Business to Government (B2G), meetings, exhibitions, Networking Sessions, Deal Making, Business Plan Reviews and Business Case Studies.AgriProFocus Kenya will take lead in facilitating the youth in agribusiness forum which will be part of the program.
The symposium will endeavour to unpack value chains for various crops and commodities, processing & va... Read more
"With growing numbers of disenfranchised youth around the world and a strong focus on finding opportunities for their engagement and employment, CGIAR is committed to finding ways to approach the topic and planning appropriate activities, especially through its second generation of research programs."
They are seeking organizations and individuals with expertise and experience in working with youth engagement, enterprise and employment, particularly (but not exclusively) in agriculture to join this workshop.
The workshop will take place in Montpellier, France, September 8-9th 2015
It was quite delightful seeing farmers geared up to trade at the market place during our first lower eastern Market event in 2015. There was much to see at the event that was organized by AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with the Machakos County Government. The Market event which was held on 30th July 2015 at the Kathiani DC grounds was graced by the county executive commissioner Ruthie Mutua.
The Kathiani market event was seen to be successful as it brought together about 45 service providers of which 25 of them were farmer groups who showcased their products and innovations from different sectors in agriculture. Most of them could tell that the event was helpful to them as there was much to learn from each other. “I have grown thorn melons as a small scale farmer for about three years now but all the knowledge I have was acquired through the internet. I am glad that AgriProFocus could organize this event for us to learn... Read more
DAI has been contracted by DFID to implement the 5 Year FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FTESA) Programme. FTESA will be based in Dar es Salaam, and will cover the nine countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda (East Africa) and Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Southern Africa). FoodTrade ESA will systemically improve the functioning of national and regional staple food market systems; impacting directly on over 400,000 households and consumers through stable markets for staple food products. It will achieve this through the establishment of a Project Management Unit (PMU) to foster catalytic and innovative solutions through the use of two facilitative tools: a Challenge and Development Fund.
FoodTrade ESA uses a market-based approach to working with enterprises to promote the participation of poor men and women in wealth creation and improving the benefits they gain from engaging in st... Read more
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is working with African governments, donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor farmers in Africa through agricultural development.
Specific responsibilities will include: