Young agri-entrepreneurs face a myriad of challenges including access to financial and capacity development resources. AgriProFocus recognises that young men and women are change makers that could significantly contribute to the growth of the agriculture sector if well supported.
In 2017, AgriProFocus Kenya would like to work with like-minded stakeholders within the network to link youth to financial resources and other growth opportunities including internship, mentorship and business development services. As a network, we would like to work towards creating an enabling environment that supports youth to create successful businesses.
From the internet, TV or journals and newspapers we receive a constant stream of information about health risks associated with the food we eat. Food arrives in every home from all over the world and it is a sensitive commodity. It can be affected by contamination from microbes, heavy metals and toxins which get to the food inadvertently through poor hygiene, or it can be tampered with intentionally via food fraud. Everything that finds its way into food, if not used correctly, can be dangerous. Food additives, intentionally put into food to facilitate production, Residues of pesticides, used to protect plants against pests that may ruin our harvest and cause famines and Residues of veterinary drugs used in animal production.
Population growth, animal health and climate change are important issues affecting our food supply and as the United Nations family begins to ch... Read more
CoELIB stands for the Centre of Excellence in Livestock Innovation and Business and has its origins in an initiative that focused on strengthening capacity for participatory management of indigenous livestock to encourage agricultural innovation and business in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa.
One of the key tasks of this initiative was to establish a multipurpose centre that would foster innovation and business development in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa.
CoELIB has now redefined itself and broaden its cope and simply referred to CoELIB. The business part of the centre operates CoELIB Incubar, a multisectorindependent incubator that Innovates, Invests and Incubates.
CoELIB Incubar focuses on countries in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. Recently a physical location was opened in Malawi close to the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The desired end-state from the perspective of CoELIB Incubar is a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that empowers, provid... Read more
NIW.Startups is a platform for discovering and showcasing the new most promising startups in the region while attracting the right investors to fund them. NIW.Startups is part of the annual Nairobi Innovation Week organized by stakeholders in the regional innovation ecosystem. In 2018, Nairobi Innovation Week will be held on 5th - 9th March. During that week 100 startups will pitch and the 15 most promising startups will be feted.
To join the Network, update your start-up profile at www.startups.niw.co.ke before 31st January 2018.
WE FARM opportunity -Field Coordinator, Kenya
Role: FIELD COORDINATOR-KENYA
Reports to: HEAD OF FIELD-KENYA.
Job Code: jobKEFT2
Wefarm, the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer digital network, enables farmers to connect with one another to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation. Utilising the latest machine learning technology, Wefarm’s service works both online and over SMS. Knowledge shared on Wefarm can help farmers to produce higher quality product, increase yields, gain insight into market pricing, tackle the effects of climate change, diversify agricultural interests, and much more.
Since its founding in 2015, Wefarm has been named one of Africa’s Most Innovative Companies by FastCompany and has won Google’s Impact Challenge Award, TechCrunch’s Europas-Tech for Good Award, and the European Union Commission’s Ideas from Europe prize, among others. We’ve been covered on CNN, the BBC, Wired, TechCrunch, Forbes, the FT and more. The company is... Read more
The goal of the Fellows Program is to build fellows’ capacity and skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation and for them to learn about issues of women’s economic empowerment. Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan fellows will develop their leadership capacity and professional skills through a fully funded four-week fellowship program in the United States.
The four-week U.S. program will include a professional internship with Michigan organizations focused on agriculture, innovation, agro-entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment and additional seminars and trainings with professionals from Michigan State University and throughout the state of Michigan.
The Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Profes... Read more
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The purpose of the Agriculture apprenticeship is to fill the gap for skilled manpower in farms and to create employment opportunities for the rapidly growing masses of unemployed graduates of Kenya learning institutions.
For more information on the same or any referrals kindly contact;
Peris @ 0727 203 251
Christine @ 0716 431 054
The world population is estimated to be over 9 billion by 2050 with the greatest challenge being food insecurity. With this encroaching danger, efforts by global bodies led by the United Nations to solve the problem have been enhanced. However, I am afraid the effort is not bearing fruits as expected.
Of importance to me is the role of youth in establishing sustainable and resilient agricultural projects. Resilience happens when we are able to put a human face to development interventions- FAO. According to Africa Agenda 2063, Youth and women have been given a prominent role in establishing and sustaining economies in Africa through agriculture. This has also been echoed by the United Nation.
Although there exist new valuable knowledge, technology and skills to help in enhancing productivity in agriculture; either adoption rate has been slow or communication of information has failed.
While attending a con... Read more
Hello Dorina, thanks for the amazing work you are doing in enlightening the youth. Is there a way the organization can support a prospective agri-entrepreneur with information, advice and mentorship on how to set up a profitable agribusiness venture? I would like to venture in agribusiness but currently lack info on the ideal crops and animals to grow or rear based on the soil fertility and climate respectively. I would also like to know if the organization can link a farmer to a ready market for a particular product.
Thanks so much. Will really appreciate your response.
This program is a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented youth with a passion for international development to contribute to the world's most pressing needs.
AgriProFocus Kenya hosted a Youth in Agribusiness stakeholders round table breakfast meeting on the 22nd of March at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi. This meeting brought together stakeholders working in the youth in agribusiness space from development, private sector, research and academia, young entrepreneurs and government.
The objective of the meeting was to share our
journey as a network on what we have been able to achieve, our plans for
the future in light of the new strategy; and to have the
various stakeholders share and learn from each others experiences and
Key from the meeting was the need for more collaborations and partnerships as well as more sharing of our work as stakeholders which reduces duplication of efforts. The stakeholders committed to supporting each other, as well as contributing to the success of the planned flagship projects for 2017. This includes learning labs, business to
In collaboration with Agriterra, AgriProFocus will convene a 2 day workshop for 60 youths drawn from cooperatives working with Agriterra. This workshop fits well with our vision of seeing more youths in leadership positions within the agribusiness sector.
The aim of the 2 day workshop is to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra organize themselves better to be able to advocate for inclusion in the cooperative management. This will involve looking at what their responsibility as young farmers is towards the cooperative. In addition, the young farmers will look at the role of the cooperatives in enhancing more youth participation in management.
· To provide a platform to share and learn from each other on already existing best practices from the Netherlands [Dutch Young Farmers Organisation] as well as local cooperatives that have successfully set up youth councils within their management structure.
· To develop an engagement strate... Read more
29 August 2016
Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy. Worth billions of dollars, it is responsible for the livelihoods of over 80 per cent of the rural population and accounts for 65 percent of the country’s total export revenue, according to the country’s Institute of Economic Affairs.
Although agriculture accounts for 65 per cent of Kenya's foreign export earnings, young people largely ignore the sector. A new mentoring scheme is hoping to change that." height="355" width="530">
Although agriculture accounts for 65 per cent of Kenya’s foreign export earnings, young people largely ignore the sector. A new mentoring scheme is hoping to change that.(CCAFS/S.Kilungu)
In order to
face the food security and nutrition challenges of the future there is a need
to develop the capacities of the next generation of agricultural producers, by
identifying ways to engage and empower youth – both women and men.
Approximately 90 percent of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 live in
developing countries, where agriculture employs as much as 60 percent of the labor force, and yet the majority of youth do not currently see agriculture as
a viable career path given the low productivity rates and the difficulties they
know to have been faced by previous generations. Farming has always been associated with poverty and punishment from our parents and grandparents.I remember when i was growing up anytime i failed my exams my parents told me they would take me to my rural home to dig.Anytime i failed in school my parents would threaten me that i would end up in the farm where people with no education goes to.
Cognizant of all the factors, combating... Read more
There is a big sustainability gap in African farming. This is because, while a very high percentage of African farmers are old and aging (mainly above 60), the youth still have a tendency to shy away from farming and agriculture – at least not if they have other alternatives. More and more young people – especially the rural youth – focus on moving out from farming and rural communities to find “good jobs” in urban centres.
Arising from this trend is a question which many development organisations working in Africa and African governments are trying to understand how, or mobilizing resources, to tackle. That question is: who will feed the Africans of the future? During his keynote speech, at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week, Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AfDB) acknowledged that “young Africans are needed in agriculture to raise profitability (and innovations) in the sector.
That means, in addition to add... Read more
The KCB Foundation and Tuskys Supermarket have entered into a strategic partnership to support contract farming for thousands of youths in agribusiness and offer at least 1,600 internship opportunities.
The partnership targets to benefit 12,000 youths across 22 counties in the identified value chains in agribusiness through provision of asset financing and working capital to enable the young farmers meet the needs of demand and supply.
Tuskys Supermarkets has committed to buy all the produce from the
venture. “This project is meant to support youth entrepreneurship. We
believe that the youth hold the greatest sway in the pace and trajectory
that the East African economy will take into the future. We also
acknowledge the great contribution agriculture makes to the national GDP
and we are committed to supporting the sector,” said Jane Mwangi, the
KCB Foundation director.
To further enhance this partnership, KCB Foundation thr
Find below the call for applications.
Why is it at times more rewarding to involve today's youth in innovation to improve agricultural livelihoods than to work with previous generations?
A significant part of the reason stems from the rapid changes taking place in today’s globalized world that is typified by migration, urbanization, technological innovation, increasing educational levels and aspirations, and the IT and social media revolution linking youth to global information and change movements.
This Youth Strategy is the first to be issued within the CGIAR system, setting a precedent that may stimulate serious attention to this critical stakeholder group among other CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). It may also contribute to inspire joint efforts with other partners to engage youth in innovative agricultural development.
If we do not manage to attract young people to farming, we will not be able to feed a growing, and increasingly urbanized, world population. This logic makes more and more people and organizations aware of the importance of giving priority to youth in agriculture.
What are the challenges and how can international organizations work to make agriculture more attractive to youth? These were the questions a number of Dutch organizations came together to discuss in an informal and exploratory meeting on Youth in agriculture, in The Hague.
According to an initial overview by the Dutch Food & Business Knowledge Platform, many organizations recognize the youth in the agri-food sector and have launched successful initiatives. But there are still many challenges to efficiently deal with the role of youth in agriculture.
The participants discussed a number of these challenges of these challenges. For instance, the urgency of creating jobs including in t
Since its inception, YPARD has grown rapidly, demonstrating the need and value that young professionals see in a youth focused network.
This is moreso reflected in the recently released YPARD 2015 annual report which takes into account all the activities YPARD community has been involved in for the last one year.Among these notable activities include;
In the last one year, YPARD national representatives have made waves in their countries, mobilizing youth in agriculture, focusing action on specific issues and making their voices heard. As of the report publication, YPARD membership spread across the globe has 11, 621 registered members from 187 countries. But not all young people are online a situation that YPARD Sri Lanka representative has taken note of. She brings the offline youths printed copies of the YPARD newsletter while in Armenia the message is spread th... Read more