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Demonstrating Success of Agribusinesses in Job and Wealth Creation in Africa
Africa has the world’s youngest population with about 60% of the population being under 35 years old. Today, the majority of youth in Africa do not have stable economic opportunities. There are 420 million youth aged 15-35 in Africa. Of those who are not students, one-third are unemployed and discouraged, another third are vulnerably employed, and only one in six is in wage employment. On the other hand, the average age of farmers in Africa is alarmingly high (60 years) for a continent hoping to feed itself and to eradicate malnutrition by 2025. In the agriculture sector, lack of access to land, finance, markets, technologies and practical skills are barriers to youth participation. In addition, there is a perception among the youth of farming as an unattractive career path, which is characterized by hard labor, long hours and poor remuneration and scant social recognition.
There are existing opportunities to empower the youth into each stage of the agricultural value chain as “agripreneurs,” by harnessing new skills, technologies and approaches. The result would be more jobs for young people, increased food production for a growing population, less reliance on food imports, and a healthier trade balance for African countries. The business approach to agriculture that the Bank has committed to would help improve productivity, competitiveness and entrepreneurship among Africa’s youth. The ENABLE (Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment) Youth Program has shown evidence that with greater access to the agribusiness enterprise youth can become the driving force of agricultural transformation in Africa. With the right skills, improved access to credit and an enabling environment, young African men and women can become the proud owners of profitable agribusiness enterprises. The success of young entrepreneurs can help address such serious social issues as the rural and transatlantic migration and soaring youth unemployment and curtail the associated risks to society.
There is a proliferation of incubation and accelerator initiatives across Africa in recent years. However there is currently no continent-wide forum/framework to connect the programs. The African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYA Forum) therefore intends to serve as a platform for aggregating agripreneurs across Africa and escalating the impact of their activities. The AYA Forum will comprise of the following: (a) the AYA Forum, a two-day Conference/Workshop with thematic discussions and presentation of success stories; (b) Agri-Pitch Entrepreneurship Competition that will lead to a selection of three finalists for presentation at the Bank’s annual meetings in India in May 2017; and (c) side events including a mentor and incubator training program. The AYA Forum will become a flagship element of the ENABLE Youth Program that highlights the key features and success stories as well as the impact of the Bank’s investments across Africa for youth Agripreneurship. The AYA Forum will also showcase the strength of collaboration and partnership with key institutions such IITA, AAIN, CTA, and others.
Purpose and Objectives
This Forum is organized to attract and showcase the youth in agribusiness across Africa, mentors and incubator managers for training, investors in agriculture, National Governments, agribusiness development organizations, universities and other learning institutions teaching agribusiness and development partners.
Criteria for the Selection of Participating Youth and Selected Collaborators
The forum will bring together a total of about 200 youths in Africa. The youth will be selected taking into consideration a number of factors including:
The above factors and considerations will be shared with key development partners engaged in agricultural transformation and agribusiness value chain development activities to nominate participants for the Forum. This will allow the Forum to engage various youth agripreneurs and organizations that support them for sustainability of the Forum moving forward. The organizations contacted will include but not be limited to:
Modalities of the Forum
« “ENABLE Youth” (dont l’acronyme anglais signifie Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment for Youth) est un programme dédié aux jeunes Africains , de 18 à 35 ans, désireux de créer leur entreprise dans le secteur agricole. Il entend promouvoir, valoriser et moderniser l’entreprenariat agricole en Afrique. » – Akinwumi Adesina, Président de la BAD