Category: Youth in Agriculture

Embarking on an Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Journey in Ghana? Explore these Value Chain Opportunities

I’ve received several requests from fellow young persons with regards which commodity value chains to explore in Ghana when deciding to embark on their agribusiness entrepreneurial journeys. In this post I’ve provided a brief overview of six value chains with potential for expansion, rural poverty reduction, and job creation. The brief covers cassava (gari), maize, irrigated maize, pineapple, sorghum, and… Read more →

Skills Training and Innovative Financing for Young Rural Agribusiness Entrepreneurs in Africa

Entrepreneurship has become a catch-phrase. It needs lot more focus, an effectively steered supportive framework and lots of financial investments especially in sub-saharan Africa. Entrepreneurial challenges are well known, but governments and their development partners’ commitment and pragmatic will to address the teething issues has always been very limited. The need for SME and entrepreneurship development is especially relevant in Africa,… Read more →

Youth in Agriculture: for business, not for food

With the rising youth unemployment in Africa, young Ghanaians could find opportunities in the agricultural sector as entrepreneurs; but they lack the means and the space to do so. The perception of agriculture as a mere farming for food needs to change to viewing agriculture as viable businesses within its value chains. This was the outcome of a one day… Read more →

AgriHub Ghana Knowledge Space- Welcoming Open Visits

AgriHub Ghana Knowledge Space, the premier agribusiness incubator and knowledge environment in Ghana opens its doors for visitors. Intended to also serve as a co-working space for agribusiness entrepreneurs and as a youth business incubator, it is sited in the country’s capital, Accra, and managed by Syecomp Ltd, a Geospatial Survey & Mapping, and Agricultural Research company. It is intended… Read more →

CTA Youth Call for Proposals: Advancing youth agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT innovations to boost climate-resilient food value chains

Objective The objective of this grant is to advance agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT innovations by young people. It responds to the strategic need to strengthen the involvement of youth in agriculture. It will support youth capacity building and entrepreneurship in ICT for agriculture (ICT4Ag) and promote youth employment opportunities. The call for proposals builds on various activities that CTA has… Read more →

Enactus Kenya and Syngenta launch youth Agribusiness and Communication Competition in Africa

Syngenta Foundation and Enactus Kenya have partnered to launch an African Agribusiness Competition for young people. The Africa Agribusiness Competition targets youth aged 18 – 30 years and has two parts: an essay (or Business Idea Competition) and video clips (or Agribusiness Messaging Competition). The contest is aimed at promoting new business opportunities in crop value chains in Africa; raise… Read more →

Agriculture providing jobs for the youth in Ghana

The World Bank has estimated that Africa has more than 50% of the world’s fertile and unused land and agriculture accounts for the 25% of the continent’s GDP. A development in the agricultural sector would lead to a sustained economic growth in the whole continent and every country would benefit from it. In Ghana, agriculture is the most important economic… Read more →

IFAD grant of US$1.95million to create opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa

Investing in rural youth is critical if they are to stay in rural areas and contribute to their development. Rome, 26 February 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a grant of US$1.95 million to the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) to support creating opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa, beginning… Read more →

2014 –> Wish to be an Agricultural Entrepreneur?

1. Are you self-motivated? 2. Can you plan and be well organized? 3. Are you goal-oriented? 4. Do you have problem solving skills? 5. Can you handle pressure? 6. Do you have a vision? 7. Do you have a business idea? 8. Are you passionate about your product or service? 9. Did you check if there is a market for… Read more →

Next Generation of African Hunger Fighters Speaker Series-September 19, 2013

The goal of the speaker series is to bring the voice of African youth, practitioners, policy makers, and agribusiness experts together to share their knowledge and experience on how to effectively fight hunger and provide long-term food security through youth entrepreneurship, agribusiness, employment, and innovation. Our first series entitled “Can Youth Be the Solution to Combat Hunger in Africa” will… Read more →

Spurring Agricultural Growth in Africa in the Next Decade: Rural and Urban Youth Engagement

Boosting African Agriculture Partnership, Investment and Technology with particular concern on narrowing the investment and access to technology gaps that present limitations for young people across the African Continent is of great interest to me. I am very much excited and do applaud some regional and country-level initiatives to support young people to gain employable skills and in addition provide leeway… Read more →

Improving Rural Youth Livelihoods-Why it should be a priority

The Strategy and Knowledge Management Department of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is pleased to announce an event on ‘Improving rural youth livelihoods – why should it be a priority?’ to be held at Oval Room on the 13th of June 2013, from 14:30 to 16:00 hrs. You are cordially invited to participate in the event and enrich… Read more →

Agriculture in Ghana, Country Brief

From Ghana’s total land area of 23.9 million hectares, about 57% is suitable for agricultural purposes. Agriculture contribution to GDP over the years has shown a steady reduction from 35.4% in 2006 to 34.3 in 2007 and to 33.59% in 2008. The growth rate of the sector however doesn‘t show any clear trend. The growth rate reduced from 4.5% in… Read more →

Regional Workshop on “Engaging Youth in the Implementation Phase of the CAADP Transformation Agenda – KIS” in Accra, Ghana!

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is organising a Regional Workshop on “Engaging Youth in the Implementation Phase of the CAADP Transformation Agenda – KIS” on 9-10 May 2013 at the FARA Headquarters in Accra, Ghana. The meeting will look at the entire CAADP country and regional policy processes, and identify innovative approaches for making job creation for… Read more →