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AGRF 2015: WALKING THE TALK ON YOUTH AND WOMEN (#AGRF2015)agrf-2015-header

Lusaka, Zambia
29th -2nd October 2015
Organizers: AGRF Partners Groups, Government of Zambia and Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA)

This year’s AGRF is themed: “Walking the Talk on Youth and Women: Bringing Inclusive Agricultural Markets to Life.” This is both timely and apt, as the continent seeks to make the prosperity inherent in agriculture-as-enterprise more inclusive for women and youth. To put this in perspective, Africa’s agriculture has the potential to generate all of the food that is currently imported, valued at US $ 35 billion per year.

This year’s theme was selected in direct response to a call by young people and gender-based organizations who attended last year’s Forum to dedicate a forum to discuss strategies for overcoming challenges affecting them.  We believe that for Africa to fully unlock the prosperity inherent in its agriculture, we must make its value chains work for men, women and youth. Africa must define clear strategies for increasing access to operational finance and to lucrative markets to enable youth and women engaging in agriculture as a business enterprise. This will in turn spur the growth of associated industries, with the net result being more shared prosperity for Africa’s men, women and youth – and a triple dividend of improved food security, increased incomes and employment creation.

Live Stream – http://www.agrforum.com/agrf-2015/livestream/

Gallery/Media – http://www.agrforum.com/agrf-2015/gallery-media/

Why an AGRF? – http://www.agrforum.com/agrf-2015/why-an-agrf/

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1st AFRICAN AGRIBUSINESS INCUBATION CONFERENCE AND EXPO

banneriinnerKenyatta International Convention Center (KICC),                                                 Nairobi, Kenya
28th -30th September 2015

Theme: Catalyzing the sustainable transformation of Africa’s agriculture through Agribusiness Incubation: towards job and wealth creation, food security and poverty reduction.

This conference aims to create awareness about the opportunities that are available in agribusiness incubation and agribusiness sector for start-ups, SMEs and established agribusiness ventures. This will play the role of a platform where exchange of information on best practices and lessons learnt in establishing both agribusinesses and incubators , improving agribusiness education including sharing the agribusiness curriculum developed by ANAFE will be shared. The Agri-Business Incubation Conference will provide a platform for knowledge sharing on agribusiness and incubation, will create networking opportunities for all the stakeholders in agribusiness incubation and build capacity of current and future incubation managers, policy makers and other agribusiness stakeholders . Overall, it shall also promote the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) and its activities.

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IYA TRAINS BORNO YOUTHS

Group photograph; Professor Alphonse Emechebe (sitting; 6th from right), Dr Emmanuel Sangodele (sitting; 5th from right), Dr Kamia (4th from right), Mr Quadri Shakiru (6th from left), IITA Youth Agripreneurs (lemon green shirt) and Borno State Youths (Blue shirts)

IYA under N2Africa-to-Borno project on September 16, 2015 concluded a training workshop for 20 young men and women from southern part of Borno State on entrepreneurship skill development and sustainable agronomic practices.

The workshop themed “Agribusiness – Key to Productive Youth Engagement”, which started on September 7, 2015 at IITA, Kano Station featured resource persons from 2 international institutes; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), IITA Youth Agripreneurs and Federal government agencies; Bank of Industry (BOI), and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

The workshop started with a welcome address/presentation by Dr Emmanuel Sangodele, N2Africa Country Representative who described the goal and objectives of N2Africa in Nigeria and Borno State, and encouraged the trainee participants to show affinity to new skills and knowledge that will enhance their self-dependence in agriculture.

Training on Agribusiness Marketing
Training on Agribusiness Marketing
Explaining value chain on groungnut, soybean and cowpea
Classroom activity on value chain analysis
Visit to catfish enterprise; explaining the local techniques.
Visit to catfish farm: Adesanya Omotomiwa explaining the locally-fabricated equipment used in catfish production
Mr Aliyu Adinoyi showing one of the post harvest machines (grinder) for groundnut processing
Post-harvest mechanization: Mr Aliyu showcasing the locally-fabricated post harvest machines for groundnut

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Different sessions during the workshop which included; Post harvest mechanization; ICT in Agribusiness;  Agribusiness Marketing; Safe and Effective use of Pesticides; Introduction to Entrepreneurship; Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprise;  Cowpea, Groundnut and Soybean Production; and Farming Systems enabled the trainees identify various value chains of interest and to set up business enterprises around them.

At the end, the trainee participants were lectured on how to write a bankable business plan for their respective agribusiness enterprises.

According to the trainee participants, the workshop has not only changed the outlook of agriculture for them but has also exposed them to the opportunities inherent in agriculture especially along the value chains of various crops and fishery.

The trainees speak:
blogpost pic 2Jummai Sikta:
I like the fact that agriculture has a lot of value chains. Before now, I never wanted to do agriculture because I didn’t like going to the farm, but now I can still be involved, all I need is to be an actor different from the producer along a value chain.

Danjuma Mallim: I have learned the appropriate ways of applying herbicides. I have learned the best practices to put in place especially for groundnut, soybean and cowpea.

Dorathy Balami: I like the experience of the IITA Agripreneurs and how they have imparted knowledge especially when it comes to marketing products using the 4 Ps (Product, Promotion, Price and Place) in Marketing.

Samson Jibir Wakawa: I now know the basic steps to follow when establishing an agribusiness enterprise. As an entrepreneur, idea and money are not just the things you need, planning is very important to succeed as a business owner.

Participants with their certificates
Trainee participants with their certificates

At the end of the workshop, the trainee participants expressed gratitude to N2Africa for the great privilege to participate in the program and promised to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired during the training.

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