Youth - Jeunesse

Young entrepreneurs in Agribusiness

moderated by Caroline van der Molen

AgriProFocus members worldwide recognize that involvement of young people in food production and agri-business is essential for a healthy world food system. 

This page is a place where you can share your ideas, initatives, experiences and publications regarding this topic. 

It is also the place where you can see updates about AgriProFocus activities on this important theme.

In the menu on the left you find a resources page with key documents and videos posted on YouTube. See the 'Recommended Reading' pages on the left for country specific information on the topic. 

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Youth employment and entrepreneurship

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  23 January 2019, 16:00-18:00
  CTA Office, Agro Business Park 2, 6708 PW Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Community of Practice Youth in Agribusiness


Youth employment and entrepreneurship

Supply and demand factors impacting youth employment & entrepreneurship

WHEN? 23rd of January 2019, 16:00 - 18:00 hours (walk-in 15h30-16h)

WHERE? CTA Office, Agro Business Park 2, 6708 PW Wageningen, The Netherlands.

WHO? YOUTH - professionals - YOUTH - members - YOUTH - stakeholders - YOUTH


The AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with the F&BKP, facilitates the fifth Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems. The aim is to exchange our knowledge, share experiences and jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful in agrifood sectors and to have their voices heard among decision makers.

Young people struggle to make the transition from education to work to become financially independent. A growing aspiration gap lays bare the friction between economic realities and what it means for youth to be gainfully employed or a success

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted yesterday at 10:58

Meet Shaffy Hagenimana, A Young Rwandan building a honey product enterprise!

(Source: The Inspirer)

Shaffy Hagenimana, the CEO and Founder of Holly Trust Limited that produces honey-based Kaso Products in Musanze District explains his business journey that has led to a very success story in honey processing into beauty and body nourishing and moisturising oil.

His firm produces various products and the idea has a root in his childhood when he was in senior four of secondary school.

The main products of his firm include Kaso Castor Oil, Kaso Shea Butter, Kaso Coconut Oil, Kaso Avocado Oil, Kaso Pumpkin Oil, Kaso Cream, Kaso Jelly, Pollen Jelly, White Honey, Black Honey and Beeswax.

Learning from his own illness experience, that experience pushed him to invest part of his school living allowance to start a bee keeping project as a source of having honey to produce medicine.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 January 2019 at 02:02

Ecological Sanitation - Composting Toilet in Construction at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture in collaboration with Goldeimer

Kebena,  Addis Ababa

The rivers of Addis Ababa serve as a default sewer system and dumping site for a very significant quantity of Addis Ababa's residential and industrial waste.  At the same time, the river banks of the city are one of the most-used sites for urban agriculture. It is not surprising that chemical and biological contamination is a common constraint to safe and healthy urban food systems. (I recently learned that my home is connected by pipe directly to the river in my neighborhood, and the same is true for many other Addis Ababa residents). 

Mintesenot Urban Agriculture is a youth-led urban farm, established by a group of young residents of Kebena, who decided to clean up and afforest the river banks, and start growing food and keeping livestock to make affordable quality nutrition and youth jobs available to neighborhood residents.&nbsp

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Youth Ag Summit 2019!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  04 November 2019 to 06 November 2019 - All Day Event

The Youth Ag Summit goes to Brazil!

Are you aged 18-25* and passionate about food security? Would you like an all-expenses paid trip to Brazil and the chance to learn from some of the world’s leading agricultural experts? Do you have an idea that could help achieve Zero Hunger?

The next Youth Ag Summit will take place from 4 to 6 November 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. The application period will run from 17 September 2018 until 10 January 2019. We will announce the names of the 100 selected delegates in May 2019.

Brazil. Home to 209 million people. Location of the world’s largest tropical rainforest. A thriving economy rooted in agriculture.

Please, click here to apply and for more information details.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 8 January 2019 at 03:29

Migrant de retour,
Agripreneur pour toujours

‹‹Revenir et prendre sa place dans la société malienne, se lancer et se faire une place respectable dans l’écosystème entrepreneuriale , c’est possible quand on le veut vraiment ›› ! Telle est la vocation du jeune Adama Kanté, un fils de la diaspora qui est bien parti pour être une référence dans l’agrobusiness au en Afrique.

Né en Côte d’Ivoire et l’aîné d’une fratrie de six, Adama Kanté a dû vite rejoindre le Mali avec toute la famille, son père ayant du mal à se trouver un emploi pour supporter les charges familiales.

C’est alors que nourrissant des idées d’Entreprendre, et avec le soutien de sa Maman, le jeune Kanté s’est lancé dans le maraîchage à partir de 10 000 F (une boîte de persil et 2 arrosoirs). Aujourd’hui, avec une superficie exploitable d’un hectare, l’Entreprise qui porte le nom de Cocorico Mali a pour activités principales, la production de carotte, feuille de tomate, le

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 January 2019 at 03:15

MAIA - Millenial Agripreneurs in Action: Enhancing Youth in Agriculture. APF Indonesia was mentioned in the weekly newsletter of the Agriculture councils of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 January 2019 at 03:25

Don Bosco School honors top student farmers and Mr. Eskinder Mulugeta for developing school vegetable garden

Don Bosco School (Jemo 1, Addis Ababa) is a very special school dedicated to homeless boys living on the streets of Addis Ababa. "Loving kindness in education" is the institutional motto. The school has room to board 200 boys, and daily, a bus goes to the city center to pick up additional kids who live on the street so that they can take part in daytime activities. At the school, children are fed and cared for, provided basic education and the chance to develop vocational skills, such as mechanic skills, sewing, cooking and now gardening. 

Mr. Eskinder Mulugeta has a beautiful vision of a food secure Ethiopia, achieved through food secure schools. Travelling to Uganda for work, he noticed that it was very normal for schools in Uganda to have horticulture and poultry and dairy to supplement the education and diet of the school community, as well as to help manage the school running

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 January 2019 at 08:10

Hello,  this is an opportunity for Ugandan final year students, recent graduates and mid career professionals in the field of agriculture/horticulture. The Ohio program of the Ohio State University will officially start accepting Ugandan applicants effective this year. Please note that this is an on-job training.  You will work and live in the United States for up to 18months. For more info,  refer to the University website. For applications,  contact me thru email (E. (country coordinator)).  No applicants WILL be directly admitted. 

Lokiru Musa Hassan It's quite a great opportunity

2 weeks 10 hours ago

John Osidi It's quite a good one. I will email you for detail 

1 week 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 January 2019 at 07:44

72h pour 72 agripreneurs maliens au Burkina-Faso du 14 au 16 Decembre

Caravane d'Apprentissage,de Mise en Relation et de Leadership 

Les caravaniers venus du Mali, ont bénéficié d’une mise en relation avec les entrepreneurs du Burkina-Faso par le biais de la délégation de la Jeune Chambre Internationale de Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina-Faso) ayant à sa tête son Président en exercice Monsieur Moussa TRAORE . 18 jeunes entrepreneurs agricoles de Burkina, sans oublier la présence marquante du Secrétaire General de la Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs de la région des Hauts-Bassins, et le responsable du Centre de Formation en Entrepreneuriat Agricole du Burkina-Faso ont donc integre la caravane a partir de Bobo-Dioulasso .

Après installation du présidium composé de :

1. Moussa Traore ,Président de la JCI de Bobo,

2. Georges AKIBODE, du Réseau AgriProFocus Mali

3. Ali OUATTARA, producteur maraicher et semencier par ailleurs Secrétaire Général de l’Association des Jeunes Ag

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 26 December 2018 at 04:45

Calling all youth leaders in biodiversity in the ASEAN region!

Are you already engaging in conservation projects as a volunteer, coordinator, or even founder of an initiative for nature? Take your conservation impact to the next level! Apply now for the fully-funded Youth Biodiversity Leaders fellowship programme by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, in collaboration with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN). Receive one year of in-depth training, mentoring, and networking to scale your biodiversity activities.

Deadline: 15 January 2019, 23:59 (GMT+8)

Apply here.

Posted By in Engager les jeunes dans l'agribusiness
Posted 22 December 2018 at 04:34

L’Entrepreneur du Mois 

Dans sa dynamique d’inspirer aux jeunes nigériens l’esprit entrepreneuriale le réseau AgriProFocus Niger s’intéresse aux jeunes entrepreneurs (hommes et femmes) qui, départ leurs activités contribuent à la promotion et à la valorisation des produits locaux. C’est dans cette perspective que nous vous présentons BENDEKKEN Moulay Bachir (BMB) PDG du groupe BENALYA.

APF Niger : Présentez-vous s’il vous plait !

BMB : Je suis Mr BENDEKKEN Moulay Bachir, né en 1976 à Agadez au Niger. Titulaire d’un bac C, d’une maitrise en génie électrique, d’ingéniorat en Electronique Informatique, fondateur et PDG du Groupe BENALYA un ensemble de 4 entreprises dans le domaine de l’énergie, de l’irrigation, de l’élevage, de la sécurité électronique, du BTP écologique et de la formation. Je dirige l'équipe des partenaires et collaborateurs (trices) dans la réalisation de la mission du groupe en appliquant une stratégie basée sur la gestion axé

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2018 at 09:38

Nine research projects funded to improve seed systems in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Specific seed systems addressed are cassava, maize, groundnut, vegetables, cocoa, forage seed, tilapia and chicken, while some projects have a more general focus on improving the functioning and inclusiveness of seed systems and (actors in) markets.

The call on “Seed Systems Development: Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials” was released by the Netherlands-CGIAR partnership. The nine awarded project consortia consist of Dutch research institutes, CGIAR research centers (through CGIAR research programmes or platforms), and (local) partners from the public and private sector.

Aim of the research projects

The call for proposals was built on the premise that development of the seed sector may

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 21 December 2018 at 01:48

Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia: Innovation Program 2019

Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia is seeking applications for Innovation Programme 2019 that focus on shaping applicant into a social innovator, and enabling applicant to work in strong teams to create lasting solutions to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). They specialize in forging strong regional teams and supporting them during their initial phases of running an impact company. By pushing the frontiers of online working, they bring together youths from across Southeast Asia to unite in their efforts to creating viable startups addressing pressing issues in the world.

Eligibility Criteria:

- 18 – 25 years old’s (they do encourage slight rule-breaking for those over 25)

- Residents of (or those born in) Southeast Asia

- Those with a passion for sustainability and/or their areas of expertise

- Those willing to apply as an individual to work in a diverse team of 3 co-founders

Application deadl

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Posted By in Engager les jeunes dans l'agribusiness
Posted 20 December 2018 at 10:07

Conférence à la Faculté d'Agronomie/UAM

La Faculté d’Agronomie en collaboration avec le réseau AgriProFocus Niger a organisé la 14ème édition de la semaine scientifique, culturelle, et sportive de l’étudiant de la faculté d’Agronomie du 17 au 19 décembre 2018 à l’université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey. Pendant cette semaine le réseau AgriProFocus Niger a animé une conférence sur le thème « la jeunesse dans l’entrepreneuriat Agricole quels apports pour une sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle durable ». 

A travers son exposé le réseau a montré que la jeunesse occupe une place de choix, dans toutes ses actions. Puisque l’autonomie de la jeunesse nigérienne est l’un des facteurs les plus résilients de la population. Lorsqu'une jeunesse arrive à créer de la richesse, c’est la communauté qui profitera. Or la richesse se crée par les entreprises agroalimentaires, qui transforment la matière première en produit fini. Dans ce processus de trans

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 19 December 2018 at 11:47


72 jeunes agripreneurs du Mali en voyage d’etude au Burkina-Faso ( Bobo-Dioulasso)

Ladite journée comme ses précédentes a commencé par le regroupement des habitants de ‘’Tchikê dugu’’ à 7 heures 20 minutes dans la cantine du Centre Albert SANOU (CAS) pour le petit déjeuner avant de recevoir la délégation de la Jeune Chambre Internationale de Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina-Faso) à sa tête son président en exercice monsieur Moussa TRAORE et 18 jeunes entrepreneurs agricoles de Burkina, sans oublier la présence marquante du Secretaire General de la Federation des Jeunes Agriculteurs de la region des Hauts-Bassins,et le responsable du Centre de Formation en Entrepreneuriat Agricole du Burkina-Faso .

Après installation du présidium composé de Monsieur Georges AKIBODE, Point Focal Entreprneuriat Jeune du Réseau AgriProFocus Mali, , du président de la JCI de Bobo, de Monsieur Ali OUATTARA, producteur maraicher et semencier par ailleurs Se

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 December 2018 at 12:57

Youth Learning Visit to Climate Smart Agriculture Practice in Southern Ethiopia

On November 28th and 29th, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) invited youth from AgriProFocus' Youth in Agricultre and Agroecology Networks to learn from project and community experience in implementing climate smart agriculture (CSA) around Doyogena in Southern Ethiopia. 

Youth had the opportunity to learn about watershed management, climate smart livestock, and home gardening. Please see the video below to learn about where some of the visiting youth came from, and what they considered to be highlights of their CSA learning visit.  

AgriProFocus and the youth that had the opportunity to participate in this learning visit are very grateful for the commitment to youth capacity building and inter-generational learning demonstrated by the CCAFS Programme and by ILRI. We would like to encourage more agriculture proj

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 12 December 2018 at 01:03

Le Coup d'envoi de la 5ème Forum/caravane pour la promotion des jeunes en Agrobusiness est donné ce mardi 11 Décembre 2018 à 9h 00 en face de l'APEJ (Agence pour la Promotion de l'Emplois des Jeunes) .Nous remercions les partenaires Icco-coopération à travers le projet EJOM, la principauté de Monaco à travers son projet PEAJ et l'APEJ . Tous ont félicité les jeunes pour leur engagement et détermination à devenir les futurs nantoumès (un champion de l'Agrobusiness au Mali) de demain.Pour rappel la caravane se tiendra du 11 au 18 Décembre sur l' axe Bamako-Sikasso-Bobo-dioulasso .


Collect Seedlings at School Garden Digging Party

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 December 2018, 09:30-11:30
  Makdala School, Biserate Gebriel (on Victory road, accross the street from the INSA office)

2 Opportunities for Urban Gardeners - School Gardening & Vegetable Seedling Collection! 

1. Come collect vegetable seedlings - Florensis has donated 3,000 seedlings to urban gardens! There are mostly tomato and watermellon seedlings. You can collect seedlings from your garden on Tuesday morning at Magdala School Garden.  

2. Help students at Magdala Public School to dig their garden bed, together with gardening expert Mr. Eskinder Mulugeta who working to grow food secure schools in Addis Ababa. Learn and work together on Tuesday morning! 

Makdala School is a public school in the Biserate Gebriel neighborhood of Addis Ababa, accross the road from the Ethipia Network Security Agency (also known as ENSA, see map via this link). 

To collect seedlings or help students dig their garden, please call Mr. Eskinder: 0904399009.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 December 2018 at 08:32

Call for Submission: FARA essay Competition  

''Engagement for impact in agricultural development. Experiences of the African youth”

The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)- Africa in collaboration with FARA is launching an essay competition to have youth articulate their experiences in youth engagement initiatives across the region, especially in the context of agri-preneurship. This is aimed at informing FARA and its constituents better on how to effectively engage with and feature youth and women in agriculture in the context of implementing FARA’s new strategy.

The essay should reflect the experience you went through as a beneficiary of an initiative involving an agricultural institution in your country or region. However, in case you were directly involved in the implementation of such an initiative, directed towards youth, and you are able to share the experience of engaging other youth, YPARD Africa may also consider your perspective as an ‘engaging yo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 December 2018 at 02:45

Youth participate in the 2018 Arboneth Conference, Addis Ababa

Arboneth (an abbreviation of Arboretum-Network-Ethiopia) is a network of forestry sector experts and practitioners, hailing mainly from Ethiopian and German universities, but also including other concerned stakeholders such as the development wing of the Orthodox Church and Bread for the World working to strengthen church forests in Ethiopia, forestry sector projects such as GIZ’s Biodiversity and Forestry Program, ILRI, UNESCO the Succo Foundation and Unique-Nabu working on biospehere reserve development, and others, including Agriprofocus which helped to bring in the perspectives on youth engagement in the forestry sector.

At the present time, there is lots of conflict (e.g. in Western Ethiopia in the Guji and Gedo area), and in the urgent interest of peace, there is current talk in the Commission of Environment and Forest about distributing forest land to demonstrating youth. There is a very important question on

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