An eight-member panel of experts from across the agribusiness sector has today released results of the first ever Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day Challenge, listing 20 youth as the winners for 2017.
The 20 youth made history this year as the first group to front youth views on participation in agribusiness, job creation and innovation backed by existing opportunities in continent-wide agricultural policies and agribusiness incubation.
“We have invested with partners to give youth agriprenuers in Africa a platform to showcase their innovations. However to add to the efforts made, we realised that the youth required a competitive platform that could increase their ability to develop key skills of communications and relevant research. In that way, we believe that the sector can have more practical entrepreneurs and youth leaders who can also communicate effectively to spur development in a development-oriented manner. We appreciate and congratulate the participants” – Dr Alex Ariho, Chief Executive Officer at the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN).
An open door to opportunities
The 20 winners are set to acquire support from AAIN to travel to agribusiness incubators, acquire direct linkage to sector mentors and have their essays published jointly in the first ever continental compendium of youth views on agricultural sector participation and innovative job creation through agribusiness incubation, among other prizes.
With the second Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day coming up, the Challenge is the first of its kind hence the social media trend #AfricaYouthinAg2.
The youth will also be recognised at the next Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo scheduled to take place from the 7th to the 9th of March 2018 in Dakar Senegal.
The winners for the 2017 Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day Challenge
The youth who have made history, having been selected by the panel out of 159 finalists are as listed below:
|1.||Mary Lili Mwema||Kenya|
|3.||Chanda Karen Chalwe||Zambia|
|4.||Nshalanyofi Mugisho Christian||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|5.||Okunogbe Sunday Olawale||Nigeria|
|7.||Adione Egom Chuks||Nigeria|
|10.||Utibe N. UKO||Nigeria|
|14.||Bright Ebiasuode Kemasuode||Nigeria|
|16.||Linnet Nyandia Kamau||Kenya|
|18.||Alphonsus Ugochukwu Utazi||Nigeria|
|19.||Aliu Oluwafemi Royal||Nigeria|
About the Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day
The Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day was launched in response to a Declaration presented by Agribusiness sector Youth Leaders before a panel that was led by the then African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Her Excellency Rhoda Peace Tumusiime.
The youth called and committed, within the context of the ENABLE youth programme, CAADP, Malabo Declaration, Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A), AU Agenda 2063, Africa Youth Charter and the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) and in view of the a series of observations, to:
- Pursuing a renewed and vigorous emphasis to institutionalize youth engagement in agribusiness incubation as a policy in Africa to attract investment, intensify production and value addition;
- Urging African Governments to recognize the Youth as a de Nuevo public resource, human capital and force for change that will drive agripreneurship and innovations in the agribusiness value chain;
- Pursuing strategies that encourage and support public investment, private investment, and use of public-private partnerships to finance youth agribusiness and facilitate capacity building through technical and agripreneurial skills training;
- Positioning the knowledge-based and innovation-led economy, guided by structured fore sighting, to drive agribusiness development in Africa;
- Developing, adopting and implementing the Africa-wide strategy, action and investment plan for youth agribusiness incubation;
- Advocating for increased support and engagement of the youth in policy making and programme implementation for agribusiness incubation in Africa;
- Supporting, under the aegis of strategic collaborators, mentors, local and international alliances, develop win-win mutually beneficial partnerships which address critical capacity needs for sustainable agribusiness development. This includes networking amongst universities-research businesses and engagement with communities and financial institutions to: provide opportunities for youth to establish innovative agriculture and agribusinesses, raise agribusiness skills and economic opportunities, advance youth-led agribusiness networks and provide interactive agricultural information services, raise awareness of gender issues among youth and provide opportunity for agribusiness advancement to women, improve agribusiness skills among graduates from vocational, tertiary and higher education;
- Creating funds and funding/support mechanisms for youth in agribusiness incubation and commercializing innovative technologies for value addition, productivity and competitiveness.
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