Youth can play a key role in poverty reduction in developing countries, but they encounter significant constraints. They are often the most disadvantaged, with low levels of job experience and organisation, fewer chances to access or obtain capital and other assets, and little or no voice in decision-making processes. They barely gain access to agriculture extension services, affordable input supplies, or marketing opportunities. Lack of information, technical skills, and basic education further weakens their situation or circumstances. AgriProFocus Tanzania aims to work with its members and other stakeholders to contribute to a more and better enabling environment for young agripreneurs.
Are you interested in entrepreneurship? Are you a graduate or a student living in Iringa and you would like to start a business today?
Here is an opportunity for you from Kiota Hub, a twelve week internship program that starts from 2nd of December 2017 to 2nd March of 2018.
The Kiota Hub Internship Program is a 12 weeks intense capacity building and business development program .This is an entrepreneurship internship program ideal for University graduates and students who are passionate with Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The program is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs from the idea generation stage to a developed prototype that is ideal for Kiota's Mentorship program.
To apply for this opportunity go to this LINK.
DEADLINE IS 30TH NOVEMBER 2017.
OPPORTUNITY TO EMPLOY RESEARCHERS VIA THE YOUNG EXPERT PROGRAMME!
(FURSA YA UTAFITI KWA VIJANA KUPITIA MRADI WA VIJANA WATAALAM)
Tunapenda kuwataarifu fursa ya programu ya vijana wataalam ya maji na kilimo chakula (YEP) imetangaza fursa kwa vijana wa kiholanzi na mataifa mengine husika katika kilimo chakula au sekta ya maji.
Program itawaajiri vijana kupitia mashirika ya kiholanzi katika nchi ambazo ni stahiki. Mradi huu una lengo la kuongeza chachu kwa vijana wataalamu katika sekta ya kilimo na chakula na maji ili kuendeleza uwepo wa wataalamu katika sector hizo.
Mwisho wa kutuma maombi ni Disemba 1, 2017.
Wizara ya mambo ya nje ya inachukulia mradi wa YEP kama fursa ya kuimarisha ushirikiano wa kimkakati wa CGIAR na serikali ya Uholanzi.
Mkakati wa ushirikiano wa Uholanzi na CGIAR umejikita katika nyanja 4 za kipaumbele nazo ni;
1- Kilimo kwa afya na lishe
2- Minyororo ya thamani za thamani
3- Uboreshaji wa maumbile na vifaa eneza
4- Hali ya kilimo... Read more
UZINDUZI WA PROGRAMU YA VIJANA KATIKA SEKTA YA KILIMO
Taasisi ya Mastercard Foundation na chuo kikuu cha Michigan wamezindua mradi unaolenga kuwasaidia vijana katika sekta ya kilimo ili kujikwamua kiuchumi. Mradi huo uliopewa jina la "Agrifood Youth Lab (Ag Youth Lab)" unalenga vijana wa umri wa miaka 18-24 na kudumu kwa miaka mitano na kuwafadisha vijana 15,000.
Tarehe 10 mwezi wa 11 yalifanyika majadiliano yaliyohusisha wadau wa kilimo (ambapo pia AgriProFocus tulishiriki) na kujadiliana mawazo mbalimbali ili kuuwezesha mradi kuwa endelevu na wenye mafanikio.
Mradi huo unaofanyika katika nchi mbili za Afrika ambazo ni Tanzania na Nigeria. Kwa Tanzania inahusisha mikoa ya Dar es salaam, Pwani na Morogoro.
Mradi unalenga sekta ya kilimo katika vipengele 5 ambavyo ni ufugaji kuku, samaki, kilimo cha matunda na mbogamboga, kilimo cha mihogo na mbegu za mafuta.
Ili kushiriki katika mradi huu pitia tovuti HII TULIYOKUWEKEA HAPA na kusoma zaidi kuhusiana na mradi.
The Mastercard Foundation and Michigan State University launch a 5 year program for youth which will benefit 15,000 youth in Nigeria and Tanzania aged between 18-24 years, named "Agrifood Youth Opportunity Lab (Ag Youth Lab)". On 10th November the Agri Food Lab held a Focus Group Discussion for the program and joined together different stakeholders from agriculture sector(whereby AfriProFocus took part).
The Agri Youth Lab will ignite opportunities to youth in 5 agrifood sector which are poultry, aquaculture, horticulture, cassava and oil seeds. Through training, youth will be able to employ themselves and get job opportunities in the agrifood sector.
To know on how to get involved in the project below is the link that will guide you through what to do to be part it and get into training session.
Read more about Agri Youth Lab HERE.
More than 600,000 youth graduate every year in Tanzania and enter the labour market. Only 10% of them are lucky enough to get their almost dream jobs. What do the rest of the 90% do? Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Vocational work is a way out for the 90%. As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, Join us as we create a Launch Pad for young entrepreneurs and answer the big question of ‘Where Do I Start?
Basic Learning on ;
a)Busines planning and proposal - Presented by Kennedy Mmari (PR & Digital Expert, Co Founder Raleigh Society Tanzania)
b)Familiarization with laws to accommodate start ups - Presented by Ben Ishabaki (Lawyer and Activist)
c)Effective Marketing- Presented by Paschal Masalu (ElimikaWikiendi)
d)Digital Skills - Presented By Lilian Madeje ( MD,Ekhiya)
LOCATION AND VENUE:
One UN Conference Room
United Nations Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, 255
DATE AND TIME:
REGISTER HERE, few chances remained.
Agriculture is lifeline for most of developed and developing country especially Tanzania. It is the key occupation which can eradicate poverty quickly in most of African countries, but it depends on how it is practiced.
For the small scale farmers the challenge starts from the farms before getting to the market, here I am talking about equipment for better farming and awareness on the best seeds for more yields production, and appropriate place to conduct agriculture for a particular crop. From the last month I put my product below to the market, despite of more products produced (water melons) at the time, the biggest challenge was to the middleman whom I've been working with, i.e one watermelon cost five thousand Tsh, so what the middleman do is to drop the price of your product to three thousand Tsh. for the reason that the market is poor at that time. In the end they sell to their own customers by secret agreement between them, instead of selling... Read more
For 3 days (26 to 28 of October) farmers had an opportunity to learn and visit exhibitors at the Meru's Fair, whereby apart from the exhibition also farmers were going for classes to discuss and ask question from agriculture expert on different topics.
On the first day topics covered were accessibility of good quality seed, importance of using good quality seed in vegetable and climate change and parthenium fighting.
Day two session, access to market and capital for agricultural products, food safety for the better community and importance of social security fund for farmers.
Day three, topic discussed involved opportunities in agriculture, land and capital for young farmers. And youth involvement in agriculture which was presented by the AgriProFocus representative.
During the discussion farmers had opportunity to ask questions, share their experience and advice their fellow farmers in the matter discussed.
"In order to succeed in... Read more
An interview with young man who invented a charcoal machine.
AgriProFocus had an opportunity to interview a young man who is a founder of Green Power Group in Tabora region which deals with making charcoal by using waste products and peanut shells.
With the background of Law degree he dedicate his time to conserve the environment. His full name is Idrissa Khamisi Nyachenga born and raised in Kaliua, Tabora region. Idrissa says “I started working on my idea when I was still at the university after a thought of what will I do in case I will not be able to find a job after college”. Most of his time spent in library doing research about environment and what to do to make a different that will also be an employment for him and his community.
Green Power Group turn waste product into charcoal and invented a charcoal making machine, Idrissa said “I got an idea of making charcoal machine from the Chinese social network and simplify it to my... Read more
APPLY FOR YOUNG LEADERSHIP FORUM (OSIEA) 2017.
Young Leaders Forum (YLF) is an annual program for learning and networking, dialogue and capacity building sessions for youth between the age of 18-35 years, from social enterprises, business start-ups, civil society, international organizations and public institutions. Convened for the first time in 2016 by the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA).
The 2017 Young Leaders Forum will be held from November 15-17, 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, inviting young leaders from across Africa. The deadline for this application will be 27th October,2017.
There is no fee to attend into the forum. To apply follow the this link.
Aquaponic is a way of growing fish and plants together in one integrated system, the fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish. Stanley Hermes from Morogoro is among the youth who does aquaponic farming named "Heshe farms".
Stanley shared his experience with us about aquaponic farms, whereby he grows strawberry, keep chicken, rabbits and fish dam for tilapia. He says with aquaponic to start is the difficult part but once you are all set up everything run smoothly. At first i wanted to do agriculture but i was looking for a way to do it in a sustainable and organic way, then i learned about aquaponic. Stanley has a degree in Computer Science and had interest in farming but he did not have enough space to farm in urban area. With his experience of entrepreneurship through volunteering with Raleigh International, Tanzania, Stanley learned about aquapon... Read more
In supporting youth in agribusiness, our partners SNV partnered with MasterCard Foundation in a project named Opportunity for Youth Employment (OYE) and held a boot camp between 11th-14th September. The bootcamp involved youth from four zones of Tanzania including Southern Zone (Mbeya), Northern Zone (Arusha), Central Zone (Dodoma/Morogoro) and Lake Zone (Mwanza).
The Bootcamp held for 3 days, of which 2 days of learning, networking and study tours to organic fertilizer company and organic manufacturer company. Out of 30 participants, 3 winners were chosen whereby the first winner won a startup kit worth 1 million, second 900,000 and third 800,000 start up kits.
The panel of judges from SNV and AgriProFocus Tanzania Country Coordinator Katarina Mungure chose the competition winner named Elizabeth from Haki Leather Group in Dodoma.
... Read moreKatarina says "youth who attended OYE bootcamp and business plan competition
"I started out my business with only 12,800 Tanzanian shilling" Fransisca Massawe from Moshi Kilimanjaro said that during the interview with us. Fransisca is a 25 years old woman who after finishing her studies did not get an opportunity to go for further education but had an idea of making spices (mango pickle, tea and pilau masala).
She gathered other people and make a group of six and receive training from SIDO (Small Industry Development Organization) and later on introduced to SNV project named OYE (Opportunity for Youth Employment) to receive training more in market, skills and capacity development in her business.
Despite receiving the training later on her friends left to do some other activities Fransisca said "It was a challenge that i had a group but most of the time I was the only one to run things because i believed in the idea and when everybody left i stood up". Fransisca said with the training my eyes were open and learnt about brandi... Read more
Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing issues in Tanzania. The number of young people who enter the labour force exceeds the available jobs. According to official data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2014, the economy created about 282,382 formal-sector jobs while an estimated 800,000 to one million youths enter the labour market at the same time. Yet, the number of job seekers is expected to double by 2030. According to the World Bank, the size of Tanzania’s youth, which was about 8.1 million in 2010, will rise to 11 million by 2020 and 15 million by 2030.
In the near absence of formal jobs, especially for entry-level positions, many educated young people are looking to agriculture and agribusiness for employment opportunities. From Dar es Salaam to Arusha up to the lake region in Mwanza, a growing number of educated youths are now investing in agriculture.
... Read moreOne of such people is Deborah Simon Malaba. After struggling to make ends
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) a non-profit institutions that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa's most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation embarked on empowering unemployed university graduates into commercial farmers, an initiative that will transform them into agripreneurs. An idea borrowed from Nigeria in 2012.
The IITA, Eastern Africa Hub Director, Dr Victor Manyong said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the programme with 15 participants was in its nascent stage until managed to finance agripreneurs.
"Banks want collateral while youth only have knowledge... we want to be the collateral and loans to the youth.”At moment discussion are under way with Africa Development Bank for such facility once we get that fund then we go full swing," Dr Manyong said.
The Director told journalists during the marking of IITA 50 years of transforming Africa Agriculture.... Read more
It's a long time since artists comedians group Original Comedy stop airing their Original Comedy show. This is appears to be because the artists are engaging in various activities different from that of comedy.
One of the comedian, Issaya Mwakilasa known by the name of 'Wakuvanga' has decided to focus on agriculture at the moment where he can open his agriculture company.
'' It is time now I focus on agricultural activities.I have gained huge benefits and returns since I embarked on agriculture activities. Alot of people especially youth despise farming activities but for sure agriculture is a good source of income" said Wakuvanga.
He has now established a farming company know as Kilimo Burudani and invites people especially the youth to join. The company will st... Read more
The Youth in Agribusiness working group is organising a youth Roadshow in Arusha on the 14th May of 2016. The roadshows aims at exposing youths to the comparative advantage of investing in agribusiness with regard to the availability of adequate natural resources; a supportive climatic and policy environment together with favorable public sector initiatives and the importance of youth to organize themselves in groups in order to tap into existing opportunities.
The Arusha youth roadshow will focus on the Horticulture and Livestock sectors and is expected to bring together stakeholders of Agriculture sector including youth; youth group representatives, private companies, youth supporting organizations, government agencies as well as the other relevant stakeholders.
The structure of the event will be:
1. Field visit and Q&A Session on Horticulture and livestock keeping (Poultry and Rabbit)
To attend this event please fill in this FORM
Note: The field visit is... Read more
HOW CAN TANZANIAN YOUTH GET EXCITED ABOUT AGRICULTURE
Engaging youth in agriculture has been a prominent topic recently, both on International and national level. The question still remains, why is this sector not moving forward? A webinar organized by DOT Tanzania on 26th January 2016 aimed at providing tips, tools and insights to help guide young people and get them thinking about agriculture in a different way. The panelists highlighted all the opportunities and value that agriculture brings to Tanzania