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 Kenya
Posted 20 July 2018 at 07:00

Agriculture Revolution would start from Villages: But would be aided by youths

My heart is full of hope after attending my inaugural Rural farmers Field days. The zeal and energy of the rural farmers is contagious. It can infect anyone who comes close, this for me is a sign of hope for the agriculture sector. Going forward we have to be determined to make this happen.

Why do I believe that Agriculture is going to work? One elderly man who dropped me at Kapsabet town from the Field day in Nandi profusely appreciated the effort portrayed by a number of young people like Rodgers Kirwa. He observed that young people are leading in taking agricultural talks to the village. He thinks that a movement of young people in agribusiness is in the oving so long as those leading this crusade never cease or give up. For me, this was a confirmation of my conviction that our generation has the ability and responsibility to transform our countries.

I am persuaded by my passion that I have a greater role to p

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 20 July 2018 at 03:06

Evaluator concludes: SNV’s youth employment approach works.

Youth unemployment in many parts of Africa is soaring, and especially out of school youth in rural areas are a vulnerable group. SNV’s Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) project realized employment for almost 16,000 young people, using a so called push-match-pull approach. Sixteen thousand young people, and every one of them stands for a person who started up their life and gained purpose. A final report by an independent evaluator has now confirmed that push-, match pull works. But, what is it? And why does it work?

Find more details here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 July 2018 at 01:27

Introducing AgriProFocus Ethiopia’s new youth interns

Hello AgriProFocus Community, My name is Yonas Alemayehu. I am an environmental science and sustainable development student at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. I’m currently working as an intern at APF Ethiopia. I’m interested in Agroecology and Climate Smart Agriculture as it addresses food security and the relationship between climate change and agriculture. At APF Ethiopia, I’m assisting in the development of the Youth Business Challenge and also on the agroecology and urban agriculture platform development activities, as well as representing AgriPro Focus in ad-hoc external meetings and events. I’m super excited to be a member of this community!

Hi AgriProFocus members. My name is Lensa Girma. I am a new intern at AgriPro focus Ethiopia. I am specialized in bachelors’ degree in plant science from Addis Ababa University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and now I am attending my masters

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HANGOUT: Agribiz for income generation & youth employment

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  19 July 2018, 10:00-11:00
  Google HangOuts

Live discussion on "Whether agribusiness can be the major sector for income generation and employment of the Youth in Uganda."

The thrilling discussion, live on the Hangout conversation platform; will be moderated by AgriProFocus Uganda Network Facilitator- Richard Mugisha.

Aim of the discussion is to jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful agripreneurs in the agri-food sector and to have their voices heard among decision makers.

The discussion will further identify current knowledge needs on agribusiness in order to stimulate more synergy in this field and to create a coherent knowledge agenda for further follow-up during the National Youth Symposium to be held on July 20th 2018.

Youth members, members in organisations who are involved in working with youth, are invited to join the discussion(on Hangout) and to take the the opportunity to:

Share your recent work on youth in agribusiness.

Give input and feedback on the work of others.

Identify key questions

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 17 July 2018 at 11:47

Projet Entrepreneuriat Agricole Jeune

Apres deux semaines de formation pratique en agrobusiness a travers l'initiative du SALON DE L'ENTREPRENEURIAT de la JCI, les beneficiaires  entament une série de visite des fermes d'inspiration pour les jeunes avec le soutien de la Fondation pour l’égalité des Chances en Afrique,de la DCI Monaco et de Bejo Zaden

-Le Mali jouit d'une population jeune à dominance Agricole : La population malienne sera d’environ 21,300 millions habitants en 2020. Malgré les problèmes réels que cette croissance démographique peut engendrer, elle constitue un avantage pour le développement d'un marché intérieur essentiellement urbain.

 L'émergence d'organisations professionnelles Agricoles: Le secteur rural compte plus de 15 000 organisations à vocation Agricole et une très faible proportion d’organisations structurées d’envergures régionale et nationale.

- Des avancées significatives sur le plan législatif, réglementaire et institutionnel

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 17 July 2018 at 08:08

Youth to benefit from national agriculture show:

Several youth are to benefit from source of the Nile national agriculture show which is to be officially launched today by President Museveni in Jinja District, minister Vincent Bamulangaki has said. This is the 26th show to be hosted in Uganda.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja said yesterday that government’s mission is to transform agriculture from being pre-dominantly subsistence to commercial for food security, increased household incomes and promoting exports.

‘’We recognize the need to empower sector players especially the youth with Knowledge of opportunities along the value chain, including value addition and marketing from which one can earn income without going to the farm because most of the young people in Uganda are unemployed. So we are sure that they will learn a lot from this show,’’ he said.

He further noted that since 80 percent of the households are engaged in agriculture, there are

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 July 2018 at 12:33


The Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) under the Farm Income Enhancement Program-Project 2 (FIEFOC-2 Project) whose specific objective is to improve household incomes, food security, and climate resilience through sustainable natural resources management and agricultural enterprise development. MWE with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is piloting the Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment for Youth in Uganda’s Agriculture (ENABLE) Youth Program in Uganda. ENABLE Youth is a program concept developed by AfDB to focus on young entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector and promote the start-up and growth of youth-led agro-enterprises in member countries.

It aims at creating opportunities for young ‘agri-entrepreneurs’ to upgrade technical skills, adopt innovative agricultural business management practices and access expansion capita

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STEPHEN OBORE True my brother Akwap why the restriction 

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Jacob Olanya Hello akwap john paul. The program is a Pilot and will start in 5 Districts and which it will be spread countrywide.

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PHIONAH KYOMUHENDO Hi. Wat age group r they targeting? 

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Jacob Olanya Hello PHIONAH KYOMUHENDO We are targeting youth from the ages of 18-35

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Patrick Ocaka Which districts are they Jacob?

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 16 July 2018 at 08:56

Hello Everyone,

I, BIZUMUREMYI Jean Claude I am 21 years old, I am 1.78 m height. I have A2 certificate in electricity from ECOLE TECHNIQUE SAINT KIZITO. Now I study in year one in electrical and electronic engineering department, my option is electromechanical technology in KIGALI COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY located in KIGALI CITY, KICUKIRO district. I am the most reliable person with discipline. I am sympathy with Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds, Ability to work under minimum supervision and Very effective team work. I originate from eastern province, Nyagatare district, Krangazi sector, Mbare cell, Karohoza village.

I like working hard. Also since I was a kid I like innovation and I am good at studying, innovating, inventing, communication, ask when I get confused with the aim of understanding more and analyzing every technical situation by considering myself as a problem solver, and I don’t force myself to do these I always find myself already done with that.

After seei

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Bizumuremyi Jean Claude, thanks for joining AgriproFocus Network, please use the search portal and starting following, connecting and learning your fellow agribusiness men and other key stakeholders in general.

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Bizumuremyi Jean Claude thanks a lot,I will keep on this

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Emmanuel Dusabimana This is great

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 16 July 2018 at 08:39

Young innovators develop solar-powered technology to manage farming remotely

Farmers will be able to manage farming practices such as effective irrigation of their crops without necessarily being at their farms thanks to a solar-powered technology developed by Rwandan young innovators.

The technology uses solar-fueled sensors and irrigation to collect data on soil moisture, nutrient needs and water needed to foster crop growth.

It is in line with a project of Precise Agriculture (PA), a modern farming management model using digital techniques to monitor and optimise agricultural production processes that the innovators, members of the Kicukiro District-based STES Group, a company which was founded by technical innovators and researchers, have undertaken. Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 15 July 2018 at 03:00

La Fondation pour l'Egalite des Chances en Afrique est en action au Mali

Former et insérer durablement 300 migrants ou candidats au départ dans le tissu économique malien à travers l’agrobusiness . 

Dans sa mission de soutenir les projets et programmes d'égalité des chances , avec une forte vision axée sur la consolidation de l'Etat de droit et la démocratie en Afrique, la Fondation pour Egalité des Chances en Afrique lance la phase II du projet << Entrepreneuriat Agricole,alternative durable aux migrations irrégulières >>

L’initiative unanimement saluée par les maires et les chefs des communes et villages d’intervention du projet, vise en cette phase II, la formation de 150 jeunes migrants de retour ou de potentiels candidats au départ dans les filières porteuses de l’agrobusiness en se référant au rapport de l’étude sur les filières porteuses en agriculture, avec le soutien de la Direction de la Coopération Internationale de Monaco. Le projet apporte une réponse efficace à une vraie problématique de développement au Mal

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 July 2018 at 03:05

Access to correct financial information would accelerate agribusiness in Kenya: Lessons From SNV partners Day

“Romance without Finance has no chance”  This quote from Rodger Frank founder of innovara captured the mood and theme of the SNV Partners day event. To me the quote explains why young people have shunned away from agriculture. From the era of our grandparents, agriculture in Africa was considered what Dr. Akinwumi Adesina calls a social sector. It was only good for keeping the family going as children were encouraged to go to school work hard get job probably in the City in order to save the family from poverty. This thinking contributed greatly to the state of affairs in the Agriculture sector.

Young people including myself deserve a better life hence the fear of engaging in what has been termed non productive social sector -Agriculture , we have to make money to sustain a family otherwise we are condemned to eternal agony of poverty. Therefore, for young people  to b

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 July 2018 at 02:33

Stay Tuned for Tanzania Youth in AgriBusiness Forum 2018

The youth working group of AgriProFocus Tanzania is planning and organizing a youth forum in 2018. We aim to make it bigger and better so come join us! 

1.Are you working with Youth in Agribusiness and want to meet like minded individuals and organizations?

2. Do you offer services to young agri prenuers?

3.Are you a young agriprenuer that wants to showcase your products and services to a wider community?

4. Are you an inspiring young agriprenuer that wants to learn more on how to engage in different agriculture value chains?

If you are one of the above we would like to hear from you on some of the issues that you would like to raise concerning youth in agriculture value chains. How can we better involve youth? 

Join in the discussion by posting your comments below. We are eagerly waiting to hear from you.


Kaa Tayari kwa ajili ya Baraza la Vijana kwenye Kilimo Biashara 2018

Kikundi kazi cha Vijana chini ya Mtandao wa

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andrea exavery Habari,sisi vijana wengi taarifa kama hizi haziwafikii watu wengi sana hasa vijana wa vijijini wanao lima sana na kujihusisha na kilimo endapo watafahamu majukwaa kama haya ya vijana na jupatiwa elimu vijana tutafika mbali mfano sisi vijana wa shinyanga kilimo kinapatikana huku na watu wanlima sana ila sio cha kisasa.Jambo lingine taasisi nyingi zinazojihusisha na kilimo zikilimaliza tu kufanya semina au utafiti hawaludu kuendelea kufanya kazi na vijana hili ni tatizo kubwa sana hapa nchini tunaomba majukwaa kama haya mji hata mara moja kufanyia kufanyia mkoa wa shinyanga na waalike vijana wa wilaya zote sio kuwa zinafanyikia jijini.

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Abdulikarim Ramadhani Faru Habari Hilda,hili baraza litafanyika wapi

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Hilda Okoth Thank you all for your contributions. Juma Bruno Ngomuo thank you for your commitment. We hope to collectively contribute towards this agenda. Ally Michael your opinion is very valid and we have started working on it. I hope you did receive our latest newsletter that is both in English and Swahili. At AgriProFocus we have seen that it is important to also include those that would prefer or can only use Swahili so we are also trying as much as we can to also post in Swahili. On your second point I would invite you to join us during the roadshow so we can co create together and your idea can be heard and incorporated to the bigger plan of TYIAF.

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Hilda Okoth Andrea exavery asante sana kwa ushauri wako. Tutalifanyia  kazi. Mpango wetu nikufikia vijana wengi zaidi. Kwa hio tutaliweka wazo lako kwenye mipango yetu na tutawafahamisha jinsi gani tutafanya. 

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Hilda Okoth Abdulikarim Ramadhani Faru Habari yangu nzuri. Baraza litafanyika Dar. Tupo kwenye hatua  za awali za maandalizi wa baraza hili. Tutawapatia tariff tukishakamilisha.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 July 2018 at 08:58

Food & Business Knowledge Platform Newsletter July 2018

This newsletter includes interesting articles on the following issues:

- Dutch Food Security Policy Evaluation (2012-2016) was published by IOB and discussed in a multistakeholder dialogue in The Netherlands on 31 May. Blogs with outcomes of that dialogue, as well as links to the full Evaluation report can be found here.

Youth and Agripreneurship workshop, including the Youth caravan and Youth market, which the Platform co-organized together with AgriProFocus during the foodFIRST conference on 1 June.

- Studies on the Learning Platforms for land-based investments (Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda)

- Final report of a study on Agribusiness-Based Advisory Services by KIT, Agriterra, Moyee Coffee, and the F&BKP, which was discussed during a workshop on June 19.

- Report explaining the Food Systems Approach  (by Wageningen University Economic Research, commissioned by Ministry of Agricultu

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 7 July 2018 at 09:30

Meet Emmanuela, a young lady who builds a business from herbal plants!!

Emmanuella Yvonne Iradukunda, 19, saw opportunity in the flower and jumped on it.

The flower, known as Hibiscus is popular in Rwanda for its beauty when planted in gardens or used as decorations in homes

But for Iradukunda, it has a lot more use. It first restored her mother’s health and now it is a source of revenue.

“My mother suffered a lot from joint pains that sometimes she was not able to do basic household chores or take a walk,” Emmanuella added. Read more


5ème Edition Caravane Jeunes de l'entrepreneuriat Agricole

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

Le réseau AgriProFocus Mali en partenariat avec Jokkolabs et d'autres acteurs organisent la 5ème édition de la caravane des jeunes pour l'entrepreneuriat agricole du 04 au 10 Novembre 2018, vise à contribuer 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 Uganda
Posted 5 July 2018 at 03:37

Call for Applications: GAAAP - Uganda 2018 

Do you know any youth:

  1. Aged between 21- 40 years?
  2. Engaged in their business full-time in Uganda?
  3. Willing to commit 9 months to tailored strategic advisory and workshops that will grow your business?

The Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform (GAAAP) seeks to foster development of Pan-African community of dynamics youthful Agri-preneurs; stimulate intra-African trade and investment; facilitate inter-generational knowledge transfer and collaboration through mentorship; facilitate exposure to continental and global good practice in agribusiness, and help participants grow their business over the next 3 years. Applications are open!

Deadline: 13th July, 2018

Where to apply 

Visit for more information or email

STEPHEN OBORE great thanks 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 July 2018 at 09:16

Invest in agriculture to achieve sustainable middle income status:

By Richard Mugisha

Youth unemployment is a serious problem in Uganda. And if unattended to, might be a drawback factor to the attainment of the middle income status. I begin getting worried when I look at the population of young people between the ages of 15 and 25 that is rapidly growing, yet there is no similar growth in the job market.

Uganda has in the recent years undertaken an investment push purposely to position the country into a middle income status by 2020.

With the exception of human resource capital, heavy investments are being undertaken in the infrastructural development - priority being given to sectors such as works, transport, energy and mineral development- while ignoring agriculture.

However, agriculture is the sector that employs majority of Ugandans. Therefore, to achieve a sustainable middle income status by 2020 with everyone on board would mean targeting growth of agriculture sector (National Developm

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 25 June 2018 at 11:34

Youth Leadership in Agriculture under USAID is looking for partners. Are you a company or cooperative working with youths mainly in cereals and horticulture, they are looking for partners. For those in central region, contact Fredrick Kibira on , western and parts of northern contact  Mary on 

Posted By in FINAGRI
Posted 22 June 2018 at 03:21


Ils sont au total 65 jeunes porteurs de projet ; venus de Bamako; Gao ;Segou et autre pour participer au coté des  jeunes de Sikasso aux RENCONTRES B2B du Salon du Financement de l'Agriculture .La motivation est totale car ses jeunes ont payé d'eux même leur  déplacement ;toute fois une fois une fois arrivé sur le site du FINAGRI; le réseau AgriProFocus prend en charge leur  hébergement et la restauration pendant les trois jours du FINAGRI.

C"est le lieu de remercier les partenaires du PEAJ ;EJOM et ICCO COOPERATION à travers son programme de Gouvernance Locale et Redévabilité (PGLR), financé par l’Ambassade des Pays-Bas au Mali.

 Les rencontres Business to Business (B2B) du Finagri sont  des sessions face-to-face (vis-à-vis) entre porteurs de projet  et les fournisseurs de services financiers pour :

 Donner l’opportunité aux porteurs de projets / plan d’affaires de présenter et d

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 22 June 2018 at 06:36

Youth Leadership in Agriculture under USAID is looking for partners. Are you a company or cooperative working with youths mainly in cereals and horticulture, they are looking for partners. For those in central region, contact Fredrick Kibira on , western and parts of northern contact  Mary on 


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Godfrey Ssekabira Welcome Enid, please inform others that may be interested in the funding.

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Okello Justine Thank you, am  interested,email

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Godfrey Ssekabira Dear Justine, contact the above email contacts for more information.

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