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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, SLU explore possible collaboration (#IYA_SLU)

A group photograph of IITA Youth Agripreneurs and SLU students

Students of Agricultural and Rural Management at Swedish University of Agriculture (SLU) in Sweden were on an exchange visit to Nigeria to explore areas of partnership with the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) in Ibadan between 18- 25 August, 2015.

The partnership which is part of IYA’s objective to gain momentum and upscale agriculture by providing jobs for young, well-educated persons in the agricultural sector is expected to widen the horizon of both groups on adoptable modern agronomic practices and mechanization.

During an interactive session between IYA and the SLU students on Thursday, August 20, 2015, the two groups shared their experience on agribusiness, mechanization, value addition and also challenges encountered by young agripreneurs in the agricultural sector.

Giving a background of IYA, a member of IYA, Evelyn Ohanwusi stated that members of the group have been able to increase their level of productivity and income through the various staple crops and value addition of their commodities. She also gave an insight of how each unit of the organization operate and complement each other’s effort across the agricultural value chain.

Ohanwusi Evelyn, while facilitating the interactive session

Stressing that agriculture although is very profitable, would be more fascinating to youth if modern technologies and mechanization are available and accessible.

Also giving a presentation of their activities, a representative of SLU, Richard Karlsson said after graduation from the institution, many of them become farm managers, advisor for banks, crop production, insurance etc.

SLU students (Standing); Richard Karlsson (Far left), Kim Eriksson (2nd from left), Charlotta Ydren (2nd from right), and Christine Sanden (Far right)

He stated that the younger generation of farmers in Sweden has been able to make a difference in the agriculture sector through education and the use of modern farming technologies.

“Your network of knowledge in school gives you higher chances of income and profit when running your own field because you’ve learnt know what to do and how to do it better. Starting the farming business is not easy in Sweden as well because the machines are quite expensive. Getting a market for your produce is another challenge faced by farmers in Sweden too” he said.

The SLU students; Richard Karlsson, Kim Eriksson, Charlotta Ydren, and Christine Sanden who were accompanied by Prof Teun Dekker, Mr Torsten Horndahl, Larssson Jan from their institution also visited IYA fields and facilities and some other agribusiness enterprises within the South West metropolis of Nigeria during the visit.

Young people vouch for agriculture to fight joblessness

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Members of the Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs pose for a group photo as they prepare to plant vegetables in their greenhouse

8 August was  United Nation’s Youth day to create awareness on the importance of  engaging youth politically, economically and socially which is  essential for the achievement of  sustainable human development.  We speak to a few of the young people engaged in Agriculture at IITA to hear their  experiences and views on how to engage young people in agriculture and research.

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Veronica Kebwe, chairlady of the TYA

“TYA members are now well equipped with agribusiness entrepreneurship skills. Currently we are producing/processing high quality cassava flour, soy milk/yoghurt, making various food products from cassava, growing tomatoes and providing weed management service through safe use of herbicides.

IITA support to Tanzania Youth

IITA is currently running a program to empower youth to use agriculture as a tool to tackle youth unemployment across sub-Saharan Africa through training and by supporting them to carry out various agribusinesses. The program, IITA Youth Agripreneurs, was launched in 2012 at IITA Headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria. In Tanzania, the program started in January 2014 at IITA’s Eastern Africa hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and is supervised by Adebayo Abass, IITA’s Value Addition Specialist at the hub.

The group is currently engaged in processing soymilk, high quality cassava flour with the brand name Mpishi Mkuu, selling maize, and growing tomatoes. The group is also benefiting in participating in youth programs across the world, and members are exposed and linked with potential development actors within and outside the country.

IITA is also constructing a training center at a cost of US$1.5 million at Kwembe (about 25 km from Dar es Salaam City center) to equip the youth with skills in production and processing and running successful agribusinesses.

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IYA and its Capacity Development method

 

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Capacity development is one of the major services rendered by IITA Youth Agripreneurs. IYA builds the capacity of young entrepreneurs into professional agribusiness enterprise owners. We facilitate the establishment of solid and thriving agribusiness enterprises, while developing the strong-wills of entrepreneurs into a self-sustainable one.

Our focus is based on, but not limited to the designing and facilitating of the following training modules.

  • Entrepreneurship development
  • Project Administration
  • Financial Management in Projects
  • Leadership and Business Management skills
  • ICT in Agribusiness
  • Proposal development
  • Post-harvest Mechanization
  • Crop production and farm mechanization

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How we do this

IYA adopt the use of systemic approach to build the capacity of our trainees. The use of this approach help builds sustainable skills and knowledge of our clients majorly young farmers who intend to establish self-sustaining agribusiness enterprises. This can be done through the following:

  1. Needs Assessment Analysis for prospective trainees
  2. Define the goals, objectives and content of the training program
  3. Program design
  4. Facilitate the program: some of the major methods used during program facilitation:
  • Brainstorming to identify new ideas and explore attitudes
  • Case Studies to identify solutions based on real-life situations
  • Debates to explore different points of view
  • Demonstrations to explain or teach skills
  • Discussion to share knowledge and explore options
  • Field Trips to give practical experience and to learn about identified subjects on the field
  • Lectures to convey information in brief periods of time
  • Reflection to debrief sessions and to conduct evaluation
  • Role-Plays to identify solutions and to engage participants
  • Simulations to identify solutions and to engage participants
  • Videos to provide visuals and aid learning
  1. Program Evaluation

Our experience so far

For about three years, IYA through partnerships with private, public and international organisations has carried out a well-defined training program for youths in Nigeria and across Africa, particularly at few IITA hubs and stations.

  • We have collaborated withN2Africa project to train youths from the southern part of Borno State on “Sustainable agronomic practices and Entrepreneurial skills in Agribusiness. Click here to read more
  • We have trained youths from Cross-Rivers State Click here to read more.
  • Under the High Quality Cassava Flour project of IITA, IYA has trained about 100 youths.
  • Training of 80 National Youth Service Corp members.

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IYA’S NEWSLETTER (7TH EDITION)

At AGRF, stakeholders commend IITA for youth program

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Stakeholders from the public and private sectors met at the African Union Commission in Addis Abba 1-4 September 2014 during the Agriculture Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) to discuss the new vision and strategies for inclusive and sustainable transformation in Agriculture. Click here to continue

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Presidential Library Youth Center (OOPL YC) are exploring areas of partnership. The OOPL YC is committed to interventions such as youth empowerment, capacity development, and social awareness. Click here to know more

Youth Agripreneurs program is giving result”- Zoumana Bamba

Hurray! IYA is two years old! … launches new product

DR Congo pledges support to IKYA

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Few Hours to IITA Youth Agripreneurs’ 2nd Anniversary

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Its exactly 1 year, 11 months, 30 days and some hours when DG, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Nteranya Sanginga initiated the group, IITA Youth Agripreneurs after an inspirational charge given to the then youths by the president of IFAD, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo.

On the 28th of August, 2012, the then youth corp members working at various units at IITA came together to form a group with common interest in Agriculture that could establish a business enterprise which would solve the pressing issue of youth unemployment. The group has since then faced several developmental challenges that gave the group opportunities to advance from being a youth group into forming a youth institution.

According to Akinyele Bankole, the Coordinator of the institution, “Thursday 28, 2014 would be a day to mark the 2nd year of the group’s existence and also a day to recap the key achievements, state of progress and the key challenges the group has faced and is likely to face in the past 12 months and the coming months respectively”. It is in this concluding 2nd year year of existence, the group started exploiting the value chains of Fishery and vegetables and has since been viable.

Additionally, Ohanwusi Evelyn, “the group has received recognition from both national and international bodies over the past 12 months and we are happy to tell the world tomorrow that indeed Agriculture is the future”.

The major goal of the group is to re-orient youth into more productive engagement in Agriculture through expanded opportunities in Agribusiness, service provision and market-oriented Agriculture in a way that offers secondary benefits to the larger communities.

Are IITA YOUTH AGRIPRENEURS really achieving their major goal?

Are they meeting up to the levels of their objectives?

Can they pin-point “anything” to encourage more youths into Agriculture?

These and many more would be revealed tomorrow August 28, 2014 when the IITA Youth Agripreneurs would celebrate the 2nd Anniversary.

IITA Youth Agripreneurs plan to train Borno youths in Agribusiness

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IITA Youth Agripreneurs under the N2Africa–to-Borno project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has organised a 3-week intensive training for Borno state youths which seeks to generate employment opportunities that will enable the formation of pioneer models for youth engagement in agribusiness in the state. This is in partial fulfillment of the objectives of the N2Africa phase II project which states to deliver and disseminate, sustainable input supply, and market access. The training project will pioneer models for youth engagement in Agribusiness in this part of Nigeria where job opportunities are also scarce.

Borno state is located in the north-eastern part of Nigeria and has a population of above 4 million as at the last population census accounting for approximately 3 percent of Nigeria’s total population.

Agriculture is a key sector of the state as majority of the people are farmers, herdsmen and fishermen and IITA Youth Agripreneurs have identified this as a tool to transform the livelihood of their people particularly the youths. “The training will be second of its kind in the history of IYA after the training of youths from Cross River state“, Bello Oluwatobi revealed, and the major goal is to enable youths increase their knowledge in sustainable agronomic practices and develop their entrepreneurial skills in agribusiness to promote self-dependence and inspire the replication of the IYA model.

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IFAD PRESIDENT, DR. KANAYO NWANZE MOTIVATES IITA YOUTH AGRIPRENEURS TO DRIVE FORWARD

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IFAD President, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo (L), while addressing the IITA Youth Agripreneurs and DG IITA, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga (R)

Dr. Nwanze Kanayo, IFAD president – “Your greatest support will be your passion, conviction and drive to move forward”

After the first visit of the IFAD president, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo to the International Institute of tropical Agriculture (IITA) to consolidate the partnership of the organization and the Institute on the August, 2012, the president again visited 22 months after.

During, his first visit was a significant moment which would ever remain in the history of both IITA and the youth in Agribusiness initiative group, IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA); planting of tree to serve as a symbol of initiation of the group and repopulating the Institute.

Dr. Kanayo, during his recent visit (16-17 June, 2014) was intimated with the whole “story” of IYA, including the inception, progress and projections of the group by Ohanwusi Evelyn, while Bekee Barituka presented the cost benefit ratios of the crops the group is involved in. During one of the presentations, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo was reminded how he inspired the youth to engage productively in Agriculture, while exploiting the various opportunities that exist in the Agricultural value chains.

Dr Nwanze Kanayo while commenting after the presentations said the group is an incubator, which will incubate Nigeria’s future. He however, also emphasized on the need for the group to really become independent of its mother (IITA) as it has described itself of.

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IFAD President, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo during his tour

The group then took the president, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo on tour moving from one of their work stations to another within the campus to showcase their activities for the past 22 months. Their first stop was at the macro-propagation chamber, where they carry out multiplication of plantlets under controlled environment, followed by the visit to the plantain and banana screen house. They later moved to the on-growing ponds and hatcheries unit of the newly exploited value chain of Fisheries.

Dr. Nwanze Kanayo finally congratulated the group for their success and achievements while also appreciated the DG of IITA for his strong belief in his idea and for bringing it to LIFE in his closing remarks.

In his final words, he made the Youth Agripreneurs to understand that the only elements that will give the greatest support to them while expanding and forging credible independence are PASSION, CONVICTION and THE DRIVE TO MOVE FORWARD.

Dr. Nwanze Kanayo believes that if the group sustainably grows out of the walls of IITA, it will make the quick impacts needed to drive out youth unemployment not only from Nigeria or Africa, but across the globe.

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