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. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted yesterday at 07:56

AIA: Making agriculture ‘sexy’ will end the African youth unemployment crisis

Agriculture is perceived as socially non-prestigious by most unemployed youths who are surrounded by agricultural opportunities but they refuse to see them

Agricultural activities seem uncomfortable and unsafe for the youth fuelling the unemployment crisis in Africa.

People dedicated to agriculture are perceived to go through a lot of things, ranging from stress associated with work to unproductivity due to infestations.

Youths usually want to look their best and have a comfortable work condition, and because starting to farm involves digging, tilling lands, watering, removing weeds, burning, and maybe encountering snakes, scorpions, and other earth creatures, they would rather remain at home than to join the farming train.

In education, the evolved African educational curricula fail to include material agriculture. Some schools teach agriculture but mostly the soft aspect of it, with few or no practical sessions.


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Humphrey Mutaasa hahahaha Now my word "sexy Agric" has caught fire.... I totally Agree

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Youth in Agribusiness Caravan

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  27 November 2018 to 29 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Umubano hotel&Field visits

AgriProFocus Rwanda in close collaboration with Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), Rural development Initiative, SNV-HortINVEST RwandaUSAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, YEAN Rwanda and Help a Child Rwanda are organizing a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2018, with a theme “Youth Making Agribusiness “cool” a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”

This is a 3-day agribusiness learning caravan from one point to another, starting from Kigali, with the inspiration forum, go throughout the Northern and Eastern provinces for farm field visits and then back to Kigali for sharing the learnings from the field visit.

In the caravan, different issues will be discussed and discussions will be led by facilitators experienced in the following but not limited to Youth access to finance, Market and Soft skills, Youth employment and Agriculture Entrepreneurship.

The caravan will gather 100 participants; 60 youth and 40 other stakeholders from different organizations and financial institutio

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 12 November 2018 at 03:01


The Rwandan economy depends on agriculture which employs around 80% of the total population. The majority of farmers are aged smallholder farmers and it is then difficult for them to have access to financial services, information and other agriculture services. Commercial Agriculture has been identified as one of the key sector that can potentially generate wealth, with high employment potential. This responds to the need of Job creation for youth which is in alignment with Rwanda economic development and poverty reduction strategy II, (EDPRS II).

The low participation of youth in agribusiness is further attributed to the limited access to key resources like; land, start-up capital, lack of exposure, limited access to role models and business mentors. Consequently, this has led to low levels of food production, low income, and poverty.

AgriProFocus Rwanda and its partners however are aware that; young people being energetic with a high potentials, ex

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 November 2018 at 05:49

Youth Business Challenge Launch

During the annual network day of AgriProFocus we will officially launch our new program "Youth Business Challenge". The Youth Business Challenge is developed by AgriProFocus and the Ethio-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) in support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Youth Business Challenge seeks to bridge the gap between university graduates and agrofood private sector actors in Ethiopia.

In the past weeks we have done the selection of five teams, who will participate in this program. They are fresh graduates and will focus on a waste challenge of a poultry and a potato processing company. The teams will be supported by training and coaching in order to complete the assignment as expected. 

On November 22 the partners in this program will present themselves, including their role in the Youth Business Challenge. You will be able to meet the teams who are selected and talk to the companies who partner

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AgriProFocus Ethiopia - Annual Network Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 November 2018, 08:30-18:00
  Azzeman Hotel, Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In this full day event, AgriProFocus Network members will have the opportunity to network, promote their work in the agriculture sector, and learn together about sector trends and new tools for sector development. 

More specicfically this event features the following activities: 

* Keynote presentations on food security in Ethiopia, research findings on gender in agriculture, and developing markets for sustainability in agriculture. 

* Breakout groups with presentations and discussions on sustainability in commercial agriculture, and on  agroecology.

* Workshops on tools for addressing gender in agricultural value chains, and on maximizing your online communications with the AgriProFocus website and social media. 

* Launch of the Youth Business Challenge!

* Networking over booths and drinks.

Please find full program attached. All AgriProFocus Ethiopia members are welcome to participate, but they must register via this link.

Posted By in Jeunes dans l'AgriBusiness
Posted 5 November 2018 at 10:39

Camp des jeunes dans l’agrobusiness

Du 27 au 29 septembre 2018, s'est déroulée la 4ème édition du camp des jeunes dans l’agrobusiness dénommé « Paysan d’un jour, Paysan pour toujours ». Il a connu la participation de 144 personnes dont 45 femmes. Trois principales activités sont inscrites au programme :

- la visite d’échanges sur la ferme de l’Association pour la Protection de l’Environnement et des Localités (ASPEL) à Athiémé ;

- la formation sur l’application des règles d’hygiène de base en production agroalimentaire ; et

- la foire des produits agro-alimentaires made in Bénin.

Consulter le rapport pour en savoir plus 

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 31 October 2018 at 07:39

Meet Remy Rutayisire: A university student on a mission to build a livestock business empire

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

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Aime Hagabimana it is a great achievement project as youth!!!! big it up...

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 30 October 2018 at 01:47

The National Youth In Agribusiness Forum (PAINT-Y)

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

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Tutoke Vipi - Agriculture Sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  03 November 2018, 13:30-15:30
  Mega Complex (6th Floor), Arusha

Hey young Tanzanian,

Ever asked yourself what business you should start?

Obuntu Hub is excited to launch a new programme called "Tutoke Vipi". It is a series of interactive conferences with experts in different sector who will share their practical experiences and business opportunities available for young entrepreneurs in the particular sector. 

The first edition will focus on Africa's 'green gold' - Agriculture.

Obuntu Hub is honored to host Neema Lugangira who has been been driving entrepreneurship and policy innovations in agriculture in Tanzania and abroad.

Join Obuntu hub from 13.30 to 15.30 pm on November 3rd in Arusha at Mega complex 6th Floor to discuss what opportunity the agriculture sector can offer you.

Interested? Find out more HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 25 October 2018 at 09:21


Location: Syngenta Farms Lusaka

Program Length: 6 months

Remuneration: K3,282 gross per month plus benefits

Anticipated start date: end of November

Number of Spots Available: 7

Application Process:

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding role, please follow the following steps by November 2nd:

1. Fill in the following survey:

2. AND, send in only the following documents to with the subject line ‘YTIP Trainee


a. Your professional CV (maximum 2 pages including 2 references with their email addresses),

b. A cover letter address to Ms. Firth, and

c. A copy of your degree certificate.

See attachment for more details.


Breakfast Meeting: Youth

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  23 October 2018, 08:30-10:00
  AgriProFocus Office NL

Breakfast Meeting: Cultivating collaboration between Youth initiatives

- Invitation only -

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 22 October 2018 at 07:58


AgriProFocus Kenya and Kenarava Group organised a youth in agribusiness stakeholder meeting and launch of PAINT-Y (Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth). PAINT-Y is a platform that centers youths as the driving force of their agenda. The event was held on 18th October, 2018 at Dusit D2 hotel and it brought together different stakeholders to discuss on how opportunities can be harnessed for collective action for scale and impact. In attendance were agripreneurs, researchers, policymakers, private sector and; government representatives from Kenya, Netherlands and Israel.

The meeting aimed at sharing AgriProFocus research findings on “Status of Youth in Agribusiness in Kenya,” provide a platform for contributions from youths in agribusiness on their struggles, successes, role of stakeholders in supporting youth and launch of PAINT-Y.

The Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Kenya, Mr. Eyal David informed delegates on some of the in

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DANIEL KAMAU  where will this event take place 29th November, 2018

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Sharon Anyango Hi Daniel, we will keep you posted about the event by the end of this week. Looking forward to see you at the PAINT-Y  Forum.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 22 October 2018 at 01:43

Paysan d'un jour, Paysan pour toujours

La première journée du camp des jeunes dénommé paysan d’un jour à eu lieu cette année à Asthiémé. Les apprenants ont eu le privilège de toucher du doigt la préparation du compostage liquide, solide et hors sol.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 18 October 2018 at 07:43

Stakeholder meeting PAINT-Y!

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 meeting will be held at Dusit D2- 14Riverside Drive from 4 p.m to 7.30 p.m. You can also follow the conversation on twitter using the hashtags #PAINTY #PAINTY2018 #AgribusinessTalk254

Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 17 October 2018 at 08:57

L’Entrepreneur du Mois 

Dans sa dynamique d’inspirer aux jeunes nigériens hommes comme femmes 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 Madame Abdoul-Kader Yasmina, une dame de l’administration et gestion des entreprises qui s’est lancée dans l’entrepreneuriat agricole pour contribuer à juste valeur dans l’industrie agroalimentaire nigérienne.

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

Je me présente au nom de madame Abdoul-Kader Yasmina, titulaire d’un master II en gestion et administration des entreprises.

APF : Parlez-nous de votre parcours d’entrepreneur !

Mme Yasmina : j’ai commencé l’aventure des activités entrepreneuriales, il y’a de cela un an. Malgré, que je sois nouvelle, j’ai eu à exposer mes produits (épices)

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 17 October 2018 at 07:21


Are you a young entrepreneur in agribusiness aged between 16 and 35? Do you face challenges in the following aspects:

1. Quality and safety of the products

2. Meeting the market required standards

3. Processing technology

4. Packaging

The ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources through the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) in partnership with Ministry of Commerce of People's Republic of China in Rwanda sent two RYAF members attend the training on biotechnology application in food industry in developing countries. After the completion of the training members will conduct a door to door consultancy to young agro-processors to help them improve on above mentioned aspects.

Fill the form HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 15 October 2018 at 09:54

Youth in Agriculture Conference slated for November 2018

Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI) in partnership with AgriProFocus Network member Solidaridad Network Foundation, will be holding a Youth in Agriculture Conference planned to take place from 19th – 22nd November, 2018.

The conference which aims to enhance Private Sector Participation and Contribution to Agribusiness Growth for Youth Empowerment will be held under the theme ‘’Advancing Youth Empowerment in Agriculture through Youth inclusiveness in Agribusiness”.

It aims to foster an exchange among stakeholders on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward.

The event is expected to attract delegates from government, private sector, civil society organizations, academic institutions, cooperating partners, youths from different provinces.

It is hoped that the conference will provide areas f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 October 2018 at 12:21

Nutrition, youth and mental health

World mental health day recognized with an event about youth and mental health in Addis Ababa

"Globally, 65% of people suffering from mental health challenges are youth," explained Mogus Mogussie, founder of AHA Psychological Services in Addis Ababa.  "There are many factors that can trigger mental health challenges. Youth face all kinds of pressures that can increase their propensity to suffer from mental health difficulties, including unemployment. Severe disorders with genetic roots are most likely to reveal themselves between ages 12 and 24. Almost one out of every three persons in Ethiopia is under the age of 26, so the mental health of our youth should be a big concern to us." 

W/ro Martha Tesfaye explained, "Poor maternal and childhood nutrition can increase the likelihood of troubles with mental health."  

"Its ok not to be ok," was one of the messages of the celebration of World Mental Health Day at Ras Amba Hotel in Addis Abab

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 9 October 2018 at 03:21


Présentez-vous à nos membres ?

Je m'appelle Ibrahima Ly j'ai 24 ans diplômé de master en science de l'éducation à l'université catholique de l'Afrique de l'ouest je me suis lancé dans l'agriculture qui était au départ une passion d'enfance mais qui devint par la suite l'opportunité d'être indépendant pour moi à la sortie de l'université.

Parlez-nous de votre parcours d'entrepreneur ?

Mon parcourt d'entrepreneur part de la prise de conscience du fait que la plus grande partie des produits alimentaires consommés dans mon pays sont importés tandis que le Mali a la capacité non seulement de se fournir, mais également fournir une grande partie de ses voisins. C'est alors que j'ai décidé d'apporter m'a modeste pierre au développement en lançant un culture de piment et depuis j'évolue dans le maraîchage et actuellement j'ai décidé de me spécialiser dans la culture du concombre.

Quelles sont les difficultés auxquelles vous êtes confronté

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Bathily Alioune Badara Bonjour,Suite a votre publication très  intéressante,je vous demande de bien vouloir me contacter au 66-51-32-33 afin de convenir d'un rendez- vous.Cordialement,Alioune Badara Bathily

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  16 October 2018, 15:00-18:00
  den Haag


Activating youngsters for local challenges with a broader impact.

U bent uitgenodigd op 16 oktober van 15.00u tot 18.00u voor het #Youth4change event bij RVO in Den Haag (Prinses Beatrixlaan 2), de kick-off van de One Young World Summit 2018.

Aanmelden voor het #Youth4change kan via deze link: #Youth4Change.

Na het welkomstwoord van de directeur RVO Tjerk Opmeer start de paneldiscussie waar we het thema jongerenwerkgelegenheid zullen bespreken. Het is een interactieve discussie, met veel ruimte voor opmerkingen van het publiek. Na een uur vat de moderator de discussie samen en zal de borrel beginnen.

De panelleden zijn:

- Hans Docter, Directeur Directie Duurzame Economische Ontwikkeling, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

- Diipa Khosla, social media influencer

- Beatrice Maneshi, Founder Catalystas

- Adnane Addioui, Young Leader Marokko

- Ramiro Gomes Monteiro, Young Leader Nederland

- Moderator: Theodore Klouvas, Orange Corners Africa

What: #Yo

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