Currently youth participation in agribusiness is mainly constrained by limited knowledge on agribusiness skills, lack of start-up capital, lack of information on agribusiness opportunities, limited access to land and limited agri-entrepreneurship spirit. Therefore AgriProFocus Rwanda will continue its activities in stimulating youth to become successful agri-entrepreneurs through linking, learning and leadership activities. We will target specifically the sons and daughters of current producers to stimulate them to become ‘a new generation farmer’. The advantage of working with the sons and daughters of existing producers is that they already know a lot about the product and production. They just need to be inspired on how they can turn their parents profession into an attractive and profitable business using modern technology and knowledge. In all 3 countries the AgriProFocus networks will focus on stimulating youth to become ‘a new generation farmer’ in the value chains potato, beekeeping and pineapple. AgriProFocus Rwanda will take the lead in this programme, and work closely with the AgriProFocus networks in DR Congo and Burundi.
Develop a fact sheet on the 3 value chains in the 3 countries; area, stakeholders, current state of affairs of production and current involvement of youth in the value chains, opportunities for improvement of production and processing, market opportunities in each country.
Develop a factsheet on international stakeholders within and around the AgriProFocus global network who are involved in the value chains potato, beekeeping and pineapple.
Inspirational meeting with youth; exchange and learning from experts and already successful youth in the sector.
Form small groups of youth for exchange and link them to a coach.
Link youth to information and contacts.
Organise youth festivals, as to facilitate learning between youth entrepreneurs; exposure of those who have become successful and discuss on the challenges faced particularly by youth in the sector.
Organise business competition for youth in potato, beekeeping and pineapple in all 3 countries.
Organise study tours amongst youth.
Provide the youth with a specific dedicated page on the AgriProFocus platform.
Work with financial institutions and investors to create specific opportunities for access to finance for youth.
Liaise with RYAF to discuss about challenges faced by youth in agribusiness.
YPARD Rwanda (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development)
YEAN (Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network)
One of biggest challenge the agriculture sector is facing, is the aging of farmers who re not able to cope with today's challenges. On the other side, we have an increasing number of unemployed young people. However, it seems all the young people who have ventured in agriculture are doing well. we have aproached Mr. Diego to share with us :
Who is Dieudonne?
I am Dieudone Twahirwa, nicknamed Diego. I am 29 years old and love agribusiness I currently specialize in chilli. I graduated from the University of Rwanda in 2012 in the faculty of Agriculture and I am now the Managing Director of Gashora Farm ltd in Bugesera District.
What motivated you to venture in chilli
I started growing tomatoes and watermelon on land equivalent to one tenth of a hectare with Rwf 130,000 worth of investment and earned Rwf1.3 million from the first harvest.
Though it was doing well, the biggest challenge was that the tomato produce... Read more
(Story from The NewTimes)
Rwanda’s agriculture and livestock sector has long been characterised by an ageing farming population whose average age is 55 years. As a result, innovation, creativity and technology adaptation as well as skills transfer has been slow, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and agricultural experts.
But lately, some youth have embraced the sector and committed to making it more vibrant in its entire supply chain.
The Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum was formed in May 2016 to bring together young people engaged in commercial farming in the country.
Unlike traditional farming, these youths’ focus is commercial farming.
Currently, the organisation has 1,265 members grouped into five clusters namely crop production, livestock production, agro-processing (animal and crops), other agro-services which include packaging, inputs, extension services, mechanissation, among others, and informatio... Read more
On February 16 and 17, 2017, The MasterCard Foundation is hosting its second annual Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. This invite-only event will bring together a community of 300 thought leaders from NGOs, government, funders and the private sector committed to developing sustainable youth employment strategies in Africa. It will also directly involve young people to help understand and explore their journeys, including the challenges they face, in securing meaningful economic opportunities.
Building on the dynamic conversations of the inaugural Summit in 2015, we believe that there is more to explore around youth, employment and agriculture. In 2017, we would like to shift the discussion from how to engage youth in agriculture, to youth as drivers of agricultural transformation. This transformation holds tremendous promise for catalyzing prosperity and creating sustainable livelihoods for young people in Africa. The Summit will also explore three sub-themes that contribute to agricul... Read more
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... Read more
Source: Global Water Partnership
We are looking for young activists to join forces for water & climate!
Five awards of €1,000 each are available for youth-led projects which are based on thewhite paper recommendations made at COP 21.
The aim of the competition is to support youth in leading and organising water management activities, as well as to develop capacity and skills.
We want young people to share concrete actions that are being done at the national and regional level and provide youth with an incentive to continue best practices in water and climate change, already in place. With the competition, we would like to contribute to expanding the momentum gained since COP 21 in terms of moving the recommendations from talk to action.
The Young African entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to be supported to succeed in their business ventures; they also deserve the opportunity to be heard, exposed and supported to increase their social capital and network horizon. RUFORUM invites young (<40 years) African entrepreneurs and incubatees, to compete for <strong>10 conference awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions. The focus is for the young entrepreneurs to share their story at an International stage with close to 700 participants drawn from academia, business and industry, development organisations, practitioners and philanthropists. It is hoped that through this competition, young entrepreneurs’ business concepts, impact, innovation and business opportunities can be expanded. While the focus of this competition is on innovation in agribusiness, other innovations, incubations, business enterprises and business concepts along ICTs, health, engine... Read more
In 2012, at the age of 28, he graduated as an agronomist from National University of Rwanda. It didn’t take long for the young man to get a job. Twahirwa was employed by Horizon Sopyrwa, Rwanda's leading producer of refined pyrethrum. But after a few months on the job, the resident of Gashora sector in Bugesera District called it quits, and embarked on chili farming.
A new initiative, the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), has been launched to drive efforts geared toward changing youth mindset on agribusiness.
Speaking at the launch of the forum in Kigali, yesterday, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, the minister for youth and ICT, cited mindset as the most crucial aspect holding back the youth from engaging in agribusiness.
As the key driver of the country’s economic growth, agriculture sector employs more than 70 per cent of the population.
On 28th October 2015, was held the first Youth in Agribusiness Festival at the University of Rwanda, the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM, Rubirizi Campus). The festival was jointly organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda, UR-CAVM, and Rural Development Initiative (RDI) in partnership with the Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN), Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs (CYE) and Hollanda Fair Foods (Winnaz).
The purpose of this event was to gather young people together with some development partners so that they share information on the existing opportunities in agribusiness and develop more networks that can help them to be more involved in Agribusiness. The festival attracted more than 300 people that included but not limited to UR-CAVM students, UR-CAVM lecturers, youth role models, financial institutions, government institutions and NGOs supporting Agribusiness sector. Among other guests, the Minister
Deadline for applications: January 31, 2016
Youth employment and hunger are two key issues that have been impacted by the economic crisis. This is particularly true for youth living in developing countries, representing 85% of the world youth. In an attempt to address these issues, the Global Youth Innovation Network, GYIN, has initiated its second Global Youth Summit called the 2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI 2016).
The USAID Trade and Investment Hub, Syngenta and IREN Launch Second Edition of Agribusiness Competition for Youth in East Africa.
The USAID-supported East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Syngenta and the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN), have launched the second edition of the agribusiness competition dubbed “Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition.” This follows last year’s successful Agribusiness competition that attracted over 800 participants from sub-Saharan Africa. Out of the 35 youth finalists, ten have gone on to win other prizes in the energy and agribusiness sectors; ten have expanded and retained their agro-related enterprises and 15 are employed or pursuing higher education.
This year’s competition is open to East African youth aged 18-35 years, who reside in the East African Community, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Mauritius or Madagascar, and have a start-up or small and medium sized... Read more
Hollanda FairFoods Ltd, a Rwandan/Dutch agrifood company is looking for serious distributors for its WINNAZ potato crisps in Eastern Africa (Uganda, DR Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya).
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AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with RDI (Rural Development Initiative), the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, and other stakeholders, are organizing the ‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ Event, to enhance the engagement of more youth in agribusiness by facilitating information-sharing and knowledge-sharing between youth role-models and those who want to enter the Agribusiness career.
- Increase youth awareness and knowledge on available opportunities in the Agribusiness sector
- Share the current situation of potential / opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness
- Improvement of the networks among youth and development partners
- Inspire the stakeholders to develop an actions to invite and/or retain youth in Agribusiness
- Unemployed Youth resident of Kigali city
- youth role models
- Fresh Agriculture graduates and Israel... Read more
"With growing numbers of disenfranchised youth around the world and a strong focus on finding opportunities for their engagement and employment, CGIAR is committed to finding ways to approach the topic and planning appropriate activities, especially through its second generation of research programs."
They are seeking organizations and individuals with expertise and experience in working with youth engagement, enterprise and employment, particularly (but not exclusively) in agriculture to join this workshop.
The workshop will take place in Montpellier, France, September 8-9th 2015
Are you a young professional in the Water and/or IT sector in Rwanda? And do you want to work together on your greatest ideas and innovative solutions for Rwandan water problems? Then we want you to apply!
Via Water is offering a 5 day workshop near Kigali from 13-17 July 2015, in which you and your team will work on innovative IT solutions for water issues in Rwanda. The most promising solution(s) will receive tailor made prizes in order to further develop their idea.
For more information, check out this website: http://viawater.nl/en/home/happening-now
Deadline for registration: June 8th!
CTA’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project has won an international award in the 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. After being shortlisted earlier this year, the ARDYIS entry was proclaimed winner of the e-agriculture category following a round of online voting and a review by a panel of experts of the three projects receiving the most votes.
On this page you will find some key-documents of organisations in our network that have a comprehensive overview of information regarding young people in agri-business:
You can post your own documents and experiences on the stream of that page.