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
For your sponsorship to the main event with us from the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), partner African Union CAADP Technical networks and more in Dakar, Senegal.
Vital details in link: http://africaain.org/2nd-annual-africa-youth-in-agribusiness-day-challenge-open/
“Feeding the World, Changing Lives”
AgriProFocus in collaboration with like-minded organizations, that include; Uhuru Institute of Social Development, Agriterra, Actionaid, Clusa, AVSI, Agrotourism, DARAS, CURAD, Excel Hort, Uganda National Farmers Federation, Uganda National Young Farmers Association, TUNADO, Young Agribusiness Network, European Union, National Parliamentary Youth Forum are organising a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2017, with an overall objective of creating a platform for joint actions on motivating youth into agribusiness. This shall be achieved through; peer 2 peer exchanges and learning from youth led agribusiness enterprises, exposure farm-firm field visits within and across borders as well as interfacing with policy/decision makers of relevant Government ministries, departments and agencies.
AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness program in partnership with like minded organizations, Institutions, private sector companies and value actors; will create more platforms for joint actions on motivating youth into agribusiness through; peer 2 peer exchanges and learning from youth led agribusiness enterprises, exposure field visits within and across borders, promote being a part of the cooperatives, household learning, use of mass media and motivational talks.
This will be a 7-day agribusiness learning caravan from one point to another, starting from Kampala, through the region and back to the national level as a climax, launching the agribusiness campaign (Feeding the world, changing lives). This caravan will draw participants from all regions of the country. Other successful value actors from different areas will be sharing their own experiences through question and answer approach.
The caravan will involve the media houses as the ear... Read more
Discover Yourself should be the best advice to our youth. Most often, youth cannot start anything because there is no money. These type have slid to the defeat zone. An innovative youth starts with self evaluation starting with what he /she has including knowledge. Then you look at opportunities around you. If you are around Soroti, check on me and we chat. Start now. Good luck
Article by Joseph Kiggundu
Youth in Uganda have been advised to network with their peers in the country to gain exposure in current affairs and also overcome unemployment.
According to the founder of the FK youth mentoring network Mr Farid Karama, problems affecting youth are universal and therefore should network and share experiences and approaches in solving problems.
“These people have lots of problem and it’s through these meetings we hold as FK Youth Mentoring Network which has helped them to understand their challenges and seek approaches in solve them,” he said.
Mr Karama was speaking on Thursday during a youth breakfast meeting held at Mackinnon suites Hotel in Kampala.
The network is a youth-led organization focusing on youth development and empowerment through mentoring.
Find the full article here
Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development Limited (CURAD) in its’ quest for promoting Agribusiness in Uganda
and Africa as a whole is proud to announce the 1st National Agribusiness Conference with the themed “Agribusiness Incubation the
key to Youth Job Creation” which will aim to bring together a variety of
Agribusiness players and promoters to deliberate upon the Agribusiness sub sector
in Uganda with a slight bias towards Agribusiness incubation and youth
The registration fees are as follows:
Full board (Coffee Value Chain Training, Conference & Gala Event): 200,000 UGX
Conference & Gala Event: 100,000 UGX
Coffee Value chain training singly: 100,000 UGX
Exhibition space (2m x 2m): 150,000 UGX
Please visit www.curadincubator.org/
"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
Empowering Aspiring Entrepreneurs for Economic Success
A team of young entrepreneurs from Kenya, South Africa and Uganda were sent to Oklahoma State University (OSU) on 1st of May 2014 to participate in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs grant project. The project’s broad aim was to create professional collaborations and learning experiences between mid-level, emerging African and U.S. entrepreneurs as part of a two-way exchange program. The first group attended the learning and sharing forum in the United States for 32 days in May and June 2014 while the second group trained in October and November 2014. The project aimed at supporting the exchange of 24 fellows (8 per country; 12 during each of its two cycles) and 16 U.S. participants (8 per cycle) distributed among the African nations.
AgriProFocus Kenya was selected as the in country partner who undertook the role of sending out a national open call to apply. AgriProFocus thereafter vetted differe... Read more
On this page you will find some key-documents of organisations in our network that have a comprehensive overview of information regarding young people in agri-business:
You can post your own documents and experiences on the stream of that page.
Youth in agri-business
Agriculture in Uganda contributes up to 23.9% of its GDP and employs 73% of the labor force. The sector has different players engaging in animal husbandry, crop production, value addition and food processing. It’s an engaging activity that has in the past been dominated by males 40 years of age and over.
In the recent years however, many initiatives have been put in place to make it all inclusive with special focus on women and the youth. Many of these youth look at agriculture as a sector for the old and a fall back position if all avenues for formal employment fail. This has greatly contributed to the 83% youth unemployment rate. The different programs that have put in place by the Government of Uganda, NGO’s and other stakeholders aim at giving the youth alternative sources of livelihood and utilization of available resources. This calls for a paradigm shift. Agriculture should no longer be looked at as the “go to” but rather the “way to”.
With this bein... Read more
YESE will be on UBC TV, the Uganda National Broadcaster this Thursday 23rd April, 2015 at 9pm sharp till 10pm! We shall be sharing all you need to know about Kuroiler Improved chicken breeds and Solar Do-It-Yourself systems.
Be sure to watch and thanks for all your support always.
AgriProFocus Uganda and ICCO in collaboration with the Innovation community on Youth in Agribusiness, Uganda youth Forum and SNV have organized a youth in Agribusiness inspirational conference under the theme 'Inspiring the Youth into Agribusiness as a means of employment to foster development in Uganda'.
Composed of both forums and exhibitions, the two-day event will take place on the 23rd - 24th of April 2015 from 8:00am to 5:30pm each day. The event will be hosted at Lira Hotel ltd, Uganda.
The event shall bring together youth farmers, youth organizations/cooperatives, Government institutions, Civil Society Organizations involved in agricultural activities and Youth support organizations and Development partners. As well as Service providers, Financial Institutions; input Dealers; traders; processors, distributors, private sector, Government, policy makers, academic institutions.
The event aims to; (i) provide a platform for networking, product promotion and making business deals (ii) mot... Read more