Community of Practice - Youth in AgriBusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  21 November 2017, 16:00-18:00
  AgriProFocus, Utrecht

Join us at the 2nd Youth in AgriBusiness - Community of Practice

YOUTH - professionals - YOUTH - members - YOUTH - stakeholders - YOUTH

The AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with F&BKP, facilitates the second Community of Practice (CoP) for and with professional youth from members and stakeholders! The aim is to exchange our knowledge, share experiences and jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector and to have their voices heard among decision makers. 

TOPIC OF THIS CoP: Is there a bridge in the room? How to design an end-to-end approach to closing the gap between unemployed youth and the agrifood sector? BY: Heifer and Edukans

How to “bridge the gap” between the skills of unemployed youth and the requirements for successful (self-)employment in the agrifood sector? Many interventions focus on either the supply side - improving youth skills - or the demand side - creating market and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 25 April 2017 at 06:35

IITA Young AgriPreneurs Program

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) a non-profit institutions that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa's most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation embarked on empowering unemployed university graduates into commercial farmers, an initiative that will transform them into agripreneurs. An idea borrowed from Nigeria in 2012.

The IITA, Eastern Africa Hub Director, Dr Victor Manyong said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the programme with 15 participants was in its nascent stage until managed to finance agripreneurs.

"Banks want collateral while youth only have knowledge... we want to be the collateral and loans to the youth.”At moment discussion are under way with Africa Development Bank for such facility once we get that fund then we go full swing," Dr Manyong said.

The Director told journalists during the marking of IITA 50 years of transforming Africa Agriculture.

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  18 April 2017 to 13 October 2017 - All Day Event

Hands-on training program for youth aged 18-35 years in principles and practices of commercialized agriculture, greenhouse management, open field production, irrigation system installation and management, entrepreneurship and business development. 

We offer both 3 months and 6 months training program with residential facilities on site.Our next intake commences on 18th April 2017.

Limited slots available so apply today.

For more information, contact us on


Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 13 March 2017 at 10:15


Do you have youth in your family or community that would want to acquire knowledge and skills in how to earn a living from commercialized agriculture. Here is their chance!!!!

Join hundreds of youth that are benefiting from a residential hands on training program at Agromax(U)Limited in Luteete on Gayaza road.

Here is an opportunity to change your life and those of the people around you by acquiring skills in greenhouse farming and management, irrigation system installation, application and management, nursery management, forestry, business development through investment clubs, marketing and value addition among others.

Contact us for additional information on the training packages that we offer on:



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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 6 March 2017 at 06:33


UN women and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have joined forces to improve youth employment in Tanzania.

Watch the video below 

Janine Schoeman Hi Hilda, I was going to watch the video because it sounds really interesting. But the link gives an error. Can you enter the link again please? Thanks!

8 months 2 weeks ago

Hilda Okoth Janine Schoeman I have entered the link again. Thanks for the heads up.

8 months 2 weeks ago

Katarina Mungure very interesting , thanks for sharing Hilda

8 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 March 2017 at 07:52


It's a long time since artists comedians group Original Comedy stop airing their Original Comedy show. This is appears to be because the artists are engaging in various activities different from that of comedy.

One of the comedian, Issaya Mwakilasa known by the name of 'Wakuvanga' has decided to focus on agriculture at the moment where he can open his agriculture company.
 Wakuvanga spends much of his time these days  on the farm where he has been cultivating various crops in Bagamoyo including maize, rice, beans, papayas, onions, and other crops.
'' It is time now I focus on agricultural activities.I have gained huge benefits and returns since I embarked on agriculture activities. Alot of people especially youth despise farming activities but for sure agriculture is a good source of income" said Wakuvanga.

He has now established a farming company know as Kilimo Burudani and invites people especially the youth to join. The company will st

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Anne Marie Kortleve Love this story!

8 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 28 December 2016 at 02:44

The 2016 Youth in Agribusiness Festival: ''Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agribusiness''

AgriProFocus Rwanda through its ''Youth in Agribusiness Innovation Community'' (led by RDI) in partnership with the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) organized the 2nd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 7th December 2016 at UR-CAVM, Busogo Campus.

The events' objectives 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

- Raising awareness on existing youth forums & networks in the Rwandan Agribusiness sector

- Inspire more young girls to venture into agribusiness

- Inspire the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 19 October 2016 at 03:19

Testimonial Testimonial Testimonial

Stop for a while a read this agricultural interesting true story:

My name is Mr Tumaini Ngomuo, A graduate of Bachelor of Cultural Anthropology and Tourism at Tumaini University Iringa on 2011.After finished my study I passed across the same stories of difficulties on employment as many Tanzanian graduates. I worked with Tigo Tanzania as temporarily sales man and registration with commission base earning from late 2012, it was a poorly paid job. In 2013, I found a publication of a call for proposal for any agribusiness value chain business idea where the selected youth will be granted opportunity to present their idea at the Tanzania Youth In Agribusiness Forum (TYIAF) arranged by AgriProFocus, TGFA, Farm Africa and others. The prize was free training and business incubation support. I wrote a proposal and won a chance to present my business idea and selected as ‘’Youth In Agr

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Hilda Okoth Dear Tumaini, this is a powerful testimony. We are glad that AgriProFocus through the TYIAF changed your mindset about agriculture. I have added tags to your post so it can be easily accessed. Thank you.

1 year 3 weeks ago

Tumaini Ngomuo thanks Hilda Okoth

1 year 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Dear Tumaini, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. You are a real change maker in agribusiness. Keep up your good work and keep in touch!

1 year 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 31 August 2016 at 11:50


Money or source of funds is vital in engaging in any income generating activity. It is also a motivation for young people. In engaging in agriculture shortage of money is however not the only reason, a sense of belonging (either to a group or network) is also a key factor.

Everyone wants to earn some income. You might expect that this relentless pursuit for extra income would lead young people to appreciate the opportunities in agriculture – especially since the Tanzanian government and international donors offer subsidies and free inputs, to reduce the need for start-up cash. Yet, young Tanzanians are far from embracing agriculture - First it will degrade their [youth] status, like leaving the urban area to go do agriculture in the village while in town there are good jobs of sitting in the office. They won’t go. And this is the reason why even the youth in the rural area leave their villages, knowing that in the city there is

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 10 June 2016 at 08:51

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is sponsoring a competition for young African entrepreneurs (less than age 40) to showcase their business innovations in agribusiness at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference in October 2016. Although the focus of the competition is agribusiness, business innovations in other themes (e.g., natural resources, meteorology, urbanization, green economy, etc.) will also be considered. The winners will have their expenses paid for travel to the conference in Cape Town, and a cash award. Submissions are invited in English or French before 30 July 2016. For more information click HERE


RUFORUM inadhamini mashindano kwa ajili ya wajasiriamali wadogo wa Afrika (chini ya umri wa miaka 40) kwa kuonyesha ubunifu wa biashara zao katika kilimo wakati wa warsha ya RUFORUM Oktoba, 2016. Ingawa lengo la ushindani ni biasha

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 17 May 2016 at 05:59

Hi all ! Am Daniel Merengo 31 years old, I am working at Njombe Town Council as community development officer. On February 2014 I was appointed to be YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER and on March 2016 I was appointed to be  COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT COORDINATOR.

As a government organization we provide soft loans to youth and women through their groups,supporting small farmers with extension services. And we are looking for different opportunities to help youth employ themselves

Daniel Merengo Got you Jerome. we are trying our best. no loan is provided before training on entrepreneurship, group management and financial management. Now we are trying to reach different partners who are willing to provide our youth with life skills. any organization willing to work with us we welcome you all.

1 year 6 months ago

Hilda Okoth Dear Daniel, Thank you for the information. I think i second Jerome that what is more needed is the skills and not so much of the loans. We recently had a youth roadshow and what i gathered was the youth lack information. its good that you are also training the youth. If i may ask, is this a program in Njombe only or is it a nationwide program? If the latter can you provide us with information on the various areas? I think Youth have to know about this.

1 year 6 months ago

Daniel Merengo Thanks Hilda for comment, Sorry which program are asking? kama ni program ya soft loans unayouliza is a nationwide

1 year 6 months ago

Hilda Okoth What about the training one?

1 year 6 months ago

Daniel Merengo Training is not nationwide. but it is a requirement

1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 17 May 2016 at 01:04


Tanzania just as other countries in Africa has the youngest population and each year, thousands if not millions of young people enter the country’s workforce without success. This highlights the great challenge of youth unemployment but also seen as an opportunity for them to engage in agriculture and agribusiness, a sector commonly termed as the villagers’ job. Which sounds less interesting in Swahili – Kazi ya kishamba. Good news is, the youth are now eager to join the sector with vigor and ambition. Thanks to various initiatives such as SNV Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) that arouses the interest of youth and keeps them sustainable.

In their quest to expose employment opportunities to youth in Agriculture, SNV OYE, Agriterra and AgriProFocus joined forces on 13th and 14th May 2016 and organized a Youth Roadshow in Arusha Tanzania aimed at exposing youth to various opportunities available in agriculture and agribusiness. Th

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JEROME MMASSY Its true Hilda, as one of the participant, I was really impressed with the Workshop and it has really shaped my thinking. I have just started to develop my projects to start practical orientation.Thank you very much!! - See more at:

1 year 6 months ago

Katarina Mungure Well summed up Hilda, Thumbs up to the team...

1 year 6 months ago

Johnson Yessaya Mwambola The idea to start with Field visit in day one was best idea and it gave youth practical thing to go home with...i hope this will be adopted in other region where Youth roadshow will be taking place....congratulation to the team of organizer.

1 year 5 months ago


Design for Change Challenge

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  09 May 2016 - 09:00 to 01 July 2016 - 16:00

Una kerwa kutokana na changamoto zinazokukabili wewe na jamii yako – lakini huna uhakika na jinsi ya kuzitatua?

Unataka kujifunza jinsi mkulima mdogo alivyoanza kuongeza mapato yake, kutokana na matatizo ya rutuba ya udongo aliyoona hapa nchini Tanzania?

Karibu Twende kwa mafunzo ya kusisimua, warsha ya mkoni ya kipindi cha wiki nane (8) ya kutengeneza na kubuni suluhisho ya changamoto ya kila siku. Tunawakaribisha watu wapya na wazoefu, kama una shauku ya kuona Tanzania bora zaidi. Mafunzo yataanza tarehe 9 May, 2016 mpaka 1 July, 2016. Kwa kila mshiriki wiki ya kwanza ni lazima kuhudhuria bila kukosa kwa ajili utangulizi wa mafunzo, kisha kufuatiwa siku moja kwa wiki ya kuja Twende kuendeleza miradi kwa wiki saba zilizobaki.

Mtagawanywa kwenye makundi na mtapewa hela ya kununulia vifaa vya teknolojia mtakazobuni. Kikundi kitakacho kuwa na mradi bora zaidi baada ya wiki nane watashinda tuzo ya hela ya kuendeleza kazi ya mradi yao.

Email or call 0762612602 for more

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 27 April 2016 at 01:57


The youth roadshow scheduled for 13th and 14th May 2016, aims at exposing youth to agribusiness opportunities available in the region.

Deadline is soon approaching, register here to participate!


Youth Roadshow- Arusha

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  13 May 2016 to 14 May 2016 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Tanzania

The Youth in Agribusiness working group is organising a youth Roadshow in Arusha on the 14th May of 2016. The roadshows aims at  exposing youths to the comparative advantage of investing in agribusiness with regard to the availability of adequate natural resources; a supportive climatic and policy environment together with favorable public sector initiatives and the importance of youth to organize themselves in groups in order to tap into existing opportunities.

The Arusha youth roadshow will focus on the Horticulture and Livestock sectors and  is expected to bring together stakeholders of Agriculture sector including youth; youth group representatives, private companies, youth supporting organizations, government agencies as well as the other relevant stakeholders.

The structure of the event will be:

1. Field visit and Q&A Session on Horticulture and livestock keeping (Poultry and Rabbit)

2. Conference

To attend this event please fill in this FORM 

Note: The field visit is

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 March 2016 at 12:21

Anzisha Prize for Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs increases award to $100,000 and adds $7,500 fellowship; 2016 applications and nominations now open

From the African Press Organisation

The 6th Anzisha Prize ( application phase is now open, and the search is on to find 12 of Africa’s youngest, most innovative social and business entrepreneurs under the age of 22. Organisers are calling for more nominations from the public this year to ensure they discover the very best talent on the continent.

African Leadership Academy (ALA) and The MasterCard Foundation – co-hosts of the Anzisha Prize – are also excited to announce a significant increase in the support available to selected entrepreneurs over the next five years. Each of the 12 finalists will now receive a $7,500 USD fellowship package with the ALA’s Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit (YES-U) which includes the Anzisha Week boot camp, mentorship and consulting services, travel opportunities to netwo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 9 November 2015 at 07:42

Inspiration and Knowledge Exchange at the Kajiado Youth Forum.

On 7th November, 2015, Kajiado county government in partnership with SCAD, ACTIONAID, AMREF and KAPA hosted a youth forum at KCB grounds, Kajiado Town.

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

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Tanzania
Posted 27 July 2015 at 08:04

Registration is now open for the TYIAF Dar es Salaam Youth roadshow

Deadline for sending applications is on 10/08/2015

The Youth in Agribusiness working group is organising a youth Roadshow in Dar es Salaam on the 22nd of August 2015. The youth roadshows are organised to expose youth to the comparative advantage of investing in agribusiness with regard to the availability of adequate natural resources; a supportive climatic and policy environment together with favourable public sector initiatives and the importance of youth to organize themselves in groups in order to tap into existing opportunities.

The Dar es Salaam youth roadshow is expected to bring together about 150 stakeholders of Agriculture sector including youth; youth group representatives, private companies, youth supporting organizations, government agencies as well as the other relevant stakeholders.

How to register and participate:

For Individuals, youth groups, Organizations and Institutions

- Please fill in the event online regi

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 25 June 2015 at 09:21

Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards

Nairobi, 7 May 2015– UN-Habitat and the International Ecological Safety Collaboration Organization (IESCO) supported by China Development Orient Urban Development and Investment Company Limited (“CDB-ORIENT”), a major private sector organization in China have jointly launched a biennial Youth Innovation Awards Programme.

These organizations have consequently sent out the first calls for entries for those interested in being considered for the award. The award intended to recognize, honor and promote young generation of leaders who are in a unique position to leverage the power of invention to establish businesses which would contribute to solving social and environmental problems.

Culturally innovative proposals and projects which promote local culture in the concept, design and operation of the project will also be considered for the Award. “This initiative aims to attract, support and inspire some of the most innovative, high-impact yo

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