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 20 hours ago

Rooftop farming: why vertical gardening is blooming in Kampala

Ugandans are finding creative solutions to the growing challenges of urbanisation

When Martin Agaba realised his urban farm had run out of space, he decided the solution was not to expand outwards but upwards.

“We realised we had to use the roof,” he says. Of all the innovations that have galvanised people in his district in the Ugandan capital Kampala to grow their own food, these vertical box plantations remain his favourite.

Kwagala farm, located on half an acre of land, is the brainchild of Diana Nambatya, a professor in public health, who began growing vegetables to save money on food in 2010.

After receiving two cows as a dowry, she decided to use their dung to generate biogas for her home. Her burgeoning urban farm soon attracted the attention of the neighbours, and in 2012 she started training women at a small demonstration centre.

The urban farm is just one of many springing up in and around Kampala, a city of more than

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 14 September 2018 at 03:50

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 September 2018 at 07:14

Youth strikes gold in farming

Nsubuga fixing drip irrigation bottles arou

Nsubuga fixing drip irrigation bottles around the orange plant at his farm in Mukono District. Photo by Lominda Afedraru

Unlike most youth who like living in cities gambling and doing petty jobs, some are beginning to realise the importance of farming.

Nsubuga’s journey
One such youth is Hudson Nsubuga, 20, from Kiragira Village in Mukono District who abandoned city life and embarked on farming.

Nsubuga lived his life from childhood with his grandmother in Kampala with passion in pursing his education. He began paying his school fees right from primary until when he completed Advanced Level two years ago.

Throughout this period, he has been engaged in casual labour work with well-wishers and being a friendly child, people would give him handout cash to pay his tuition.

When he reached Senior Four, he started doing part time work as a taxi conductor for purposes of raising school fees.

Starts farming
However, upon completing advanced level, one of the elders in his

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 September 2018 at 11:09

Youth Business Challenge - now accepting team applications from young graduate teams 

The Youth Business Challenge Developed by Ethio-Netehrlands Trade for Agricultural Growth, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and AgriProFocus Ethiopia seeks to bridge the gap between university graduates and agri-food industries in Ethiopia.

With a focus on circular economy, the Youth Business Challenge connects businesses with a waste product with teams of interdisciplinary graduates ready to help these businesses find a profitable way to use their waste.

Five Dutch and Ethiopian companies working in the agri-food sector have joined the challenge. Teams of youth are now invited to apply to help these business find profitable ways to deal with their waste. The youth teams will be invited to learn about the waste challenges that these companies face, connected with a local technical expert on the waste issue at hand, given basic training in business problem solving, then charged to find and assess

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 6 September 2018 at 12:42

La caravane des jeunes au Burundi

L'AgriProFocus Burundi organise  une Caravane  des jeunes du 15 au 21 octobre prochain. C'est  un grand programme collectif sous forme d'excursion. La caravane  vise à faire découvrir aux jeunes entrepreneurs agricoles les opportunités agricoles, faciliter les interactions entre eux et les autres acteurs du secteur agricole, créer des contacts, partager des  connaissances et échanger des  expériences.

Sur l'agenda, les jeunes caravaniers vont visiter différentes associations/coopératives, des entreprises de transformations agroalimentaires et les institutions financières  pour être sensibilisés sur les opportunités que leur offre le secteur agricole. Un atelier de renforcement des capacités  et l'élection de 6 jeunes ambassadeurs agricoles seront organisés dans la suite du programme.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 September 2018 at 04:14

Call For Consultant to Conduct a PEA on the Youth Employment and Labor Export Bill

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and  on Uganda Parliamentary Forum on youth Affairs (UPFYA) are soliciting proposals from individual consultants to conduct a Political Economy Analysis (PEA) on the Youth Employment and Labor Export Bill.  

Call details and how to apply: here

Deadline: 7th September, 2018 by close of business day


Youth, Employment and Migration understanding the relations

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  11 September 2018, 16:00-18:00

Youth, Employment and Migration

Understanding the relations between jobs, skilled youth and migration  

On September 11, the AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with the F&BKP, facilitates the fourth Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems, entitled “Youth, Employment and Migration – Understanding the relations between jobs, skilled youth and migration”. The aim is to exchange 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.

Mitigating the root causes of migration dominates todays Dutch development policy. The assumption is that job creation and education in low income countries will prevent youth from moving to Europe. The tendency to frame development policies with the objective to ‘stop migration’ is international. The European Union released numerous calls for proposals which aim to reduce

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 4 September 2018 at 08:37

Youth skilled in agricultural value chains at farm camp:

Besides the inspiration from the hands-on experience during the week-long camp, it exposed students to careers in agriculture, agribusiness, entrepreneurship, innovations and leadership skills through agricultural activities.

More than 600 students drawn from different colleges and high schools gathered at Gayaza High School on the farm. Some were seen watering vegetables, others checking on nursery beds, while the rest were on fodder farm attending to dairy animals.

Every year there is a farm camp organised for secondary school children across the country at Gayaza High School in a bid to impart innovative agriculture skills in the children. This year’s camp attracted students from schools such as St Peter’s College Tororo, Marry Hill, Nyakasura, Bombo Army secondary school and St Catherine's secondary from northern Uganda; among others.

Under the theme “Exploring the Farming value chains” students exploited the opportunities

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Mugisha Richard Thank you Gloria for this post. We saw students enjoy farming and many of them pledging to become professional agripreneurs. Time is now to inspire students as future agribusiness leaders in the agrifood sector. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 September 2018 at 01:36

Youth teams develop solutions during Foodathon at WUR SDG conference

The Foodathon was a 36-hour event providing a digital platform through which youth teams worldwide could interact, exchange knowledge and create solutions to challenges related to SDG 2 Zero Hunger.  The solutions they developed are shown here 

MUBARAK INUWA Zero Hunger -Goal no.2,Deals with Agricultural development and its expantiation.Due to large number of popular we have in the world today,there is an immediate need to increase food production and also to multiply our domestic animal husbandry especially at the rural areas of Africa and South east Asia.United nation,has pledged to provide necessary incentive for the benefit of farmers for this intention.World bank and IMF.Have already started effecting these policies however, the real beneficiaries, do not get access to these benefit easily.

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Posted By in Jeunes dans l'AgriBusiness
Posted 3 September 2018 at 07:01

Developper l'esprit entrepreneurial dans les lycées agricoles

Plusieurs jeunes finissent leurs formations dans les lycées agricoles, mais ne  mettent pas leur connaissances au profit du developpement du pays. L'equipe Agriprofocus et Alternative étaient dans les locaux du lycée agricole de Barienou pour une sensibilisaiton sur le club des jeunes entrepreneurs afin de maintenir la jeunesse dans le secteur agricole et les aider à réussir.

Posted By in Jeunes dans l'AgriBusiness
Posted 3 September 2018 at 06:51

Club de jeunes entrepreneurs

Il existe sur le territoire Béninois une dizaine de lycée agricole. Ces divers centres de formation déversent sur le marché de l’emploi des étudiants spécialisés dans plusieurs domaines. Ceci devrai être normalement une bonne nouvelle, puisqu’ils sontoutillés à s’auto employer et par la même occasion contribuer à éradique la pauvreté en mettant à profit leurs connaissances, mais, Force est de constater que plusieurs de ces jeunes finissent leurs formations et n’exercent pas.

Dans le but de motiver les apprenants et les maintenir dans le secteur, Une représentation composée de AgriproFocus et de la société Alternative étaient le mardi 29 octobre dans les locaux du lycée Agricole de Natitingou pour partager l’idée de la mise en place d’un club de jeunes entrepreneurs.

Ce fut un temps riche en :

- Découverte du reseau AgriProFocus

- Instant témoignage d’entrepreneurs ayant atteint une certaine capacité de production..

Le cor

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Caravane des Jeunes pour l'Entrepreneuriat : 5EME EDITION

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  04 November 2018 to 10 November 2018 - All Day Event

AgriProFocus Mali en partenariat avec le Conseil National de la Jeunesse compte organiser la 5ème édition de la caravane nationale des jeunes pour l’entreprenariat agricole dans les régions de Sikasso, Bobo Dioulasso( Burkina-Faso) et Niger intitulé le «Retour des Jeunes à la Terre» avec le Conseil National de la Jeunesse (CNJ),la Fédération Nationale des Jeunes Ruraux.

L'ojectif de cette 5ème édition de la Caravane des jeunes pour l’entreprenariat agricole vise à contribuer à l’attractivité du secteur agricole pour la promotion de l’entrepreneuriat et de l’insertion socio-économique des jeunes dans le secteur agricole afin d’améliorer la souveraineté alimentaire dans la sous-région.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 29 August 2018 at 10:37

Reorganizing Agribusiness Ecosystem: Best way to Create Safe Space for Young People

We need to demystify the agribusiness ecosystem before we jump to advocacy and insistently calling youths to embrace agriculture. While working as a volunteer at AgriProFocus Kenya, where my interest in supporting agriculture has been nurtured over a year now, i learnt of this program Promoting Agribusiness Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) they are launching soon; but i think there is need to understand Agribusiness Ecosystem before we dive into promoting this wonderful program.

Reading through Wilkin (2015) I discovered that if we have to promote agribusiness it is imperative to first define the disconnectedness and linkages that define an agribusiness ecosystem. According to Wilkins agribusiness does not only mean growing of commodities but involve processing, packaging, logistics and marketing agro-commodities. Therefore, there are vast opportunities in the agribusiness ecosystem that can be explo

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Posted By in Youth in Farming Indonesia
Posted 27 August 2018 at 08:37

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Jangan lewatkan kesempatan untuk berjejaring dengan kawan-kawan muda di dunia agribisnis! Segera daftar sebelum 17  September 2018!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 24 August 2018 at 07:33

La conférence de FAO sur l'emploi des jeunes en agriculture en Afrique à Kigali

Du 21 et 22 Août 2018, comme jeune champions burundais en agriculture, j’ai participé dans la conférence sur l’emploi des jeunes en agriculture organisée par la FAO et l’Union Africaine et qui a eu lieu au Rwanda.

Je tiens à informer le public que le thème de la conférence a pour objet de contribuer dans la réalisation de l’Agenda 2063 de la 6ème Aspiration de l’Afrique, qui envisage «une Afrique dont le développement est axé sur l’individu, notamment les femmes, les jeunes et enfants ".

En passant en long et en large, nous avons constaté que la situation actuelle de l’Afrique est caractérisée par : Le chômage des jeunes, Migration mortelle, l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle, la facture d'importation de nourriture très élevée, etc.

Mais pourtant, nous avons également vu que l’Afrique regorge des potentialités énormes notamment: Les ressources naturelles riches

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing your story Emile!

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 23 August 2018 at 07:25


Also in Ghana, moving to the city in search of work is the norm for rural youth. They don’t consider agriculture as a viable alternative source of livelihood and part of the reason is lack of access to land, knowledge, capital and financial services. To motivate young people to go into agriculture, for the past two and a half years, Solidaridad and its partners have implemented the MASO Programme to create employment opportunities for rural youth in the cocoa sector.

You can read more about this program in this post on the Solidaridad web-site. Happy reading!

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 22 August 2018 at 01:07

A regional conference on youth employment in agriculture

A solid solution to ending hunger and poverty in Africa

A Regional Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference took place from the 20th to 21st at Kigali Convention Centre. It was a two days event which brought together over 500 key stakeholders and young agripreneurs mainly from Africa, to foster an exchange among stakeholders (policy makers, development partners, the private sector, youth and women organizations, civil society organizations, research and academia) on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations in agriculture and rural development, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward.

Read more insights shared during the conference HERE

Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 21 August 2018 at 06:44



Deadline for receipt of proposals: Thursday, 11 October 2018 @ 6:00 P.M. Netherlands Time

CTA is launching a Call for proposals to support the implementation of ICT-enabled mechanisation services in Africa. The overall indicative amount made available under this Grant / Call for Proposals is a maximum of Euro 250,000.

You can find the complete information about this call HERE

The objective of the ICT for agriculture programme of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is to explore and implement initiatives supportive of the effective use of digital technologies for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries. The Centre also supports strategies promoting the engagement of youth and job creation in agricultural value chains. CTA is launching the current call for proposals against this backdrop.

The specific objective of this Call for Proposa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 August 2018 at 12:49

Are you an Ethiopian or Dutch agribusiness in Ethiopia with a waste challenge?

If so, apply for the youth business challenge and get a team of young experts to help you solve your problems.

The Youth Business Challenge is organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ethiopian Netherlands Business Association, Ethio-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth & AgriProFocus Ethiopia where a group of interdisciplinary youth and a few seasoned technical experts come up with a business plan for waste management practices in different agribusinesses working in the agri-food sector.

Apply now or no later than the 11th of September through this form.

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Posted 20 August 2018 at 10:35

Posted by Mugisha Richard in AgriProFocus Uganda 20 August 2018 at 10:35

AgriProFocus Youth Think Tanks;

Joining the World to Celebrate the International Youth Day, 12th August 2018AgriProFocus International Youth Think Tank is constituted by a team of 9 whose major role is to champion a Global Youth Program that will help stakeholders to identify issues for change that need collective action. While this is still work in progress, the program is expected to bring together civil society, businesses, young agripreneurs, knowledge institutes and governments in an environment that allows for exchange, learning, collaboration and joint leadership. Additionally, the stakeholders will have an opportunity to reflect on current practices and co-create innovative solutions for supporting Youth agripreneurship around the world.
Aware that Agriculture, which is the backbone of many emerging economies, is now facing a low involvement of Youth resulting in an ageing sector with limited innovation. Young people face a lack of access to resources and of skills to earn a living thr

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