Supporting youth in agribusiness
Selected young farmers and entrepreneurs have been invited by CTA to attend the 2nd Pan African Agri-Business Incubators Conference and Expo. In particular, they have been invited to speak at the session on 'youth engagement in agribusiness' and different sessions for start-ups, all scheduled to take place as part of the African Youth in Agribusiness Day, on Wednesday 5 October. These sessions are co-organised by CTA, AAIN and the Pan African Farmers' Organisation (PAFO).
As part of the African Youth in Agribusiness Day, CTA will also launch its ICT agripreneurs start-up competition 'Pitch AgriHack'. Pitch AgriHack is an ambitious 4-year project that complements CTA's activities on ICT for agriculture (ICT4Ag). These include hackathons organised within the framework of the AgriHack Talent initiative, Apps4Ag learning opportunities, Plug and Play events, and other support to ICT4Ag projects. Pitch AgriHack will complement and expand on the ongoing AgriHack Talent programme, which supports youth ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture.
Demonstrating the use of drones
On Thursday 6 October, CTA and AAIN will team up again for a session on unmanned aerial vehicles for agriculture (UAV4Ag). Approximately 50 conference delegates will be introduced to the potential of 'drones' for agriculture at Groital Farms, in Nsawam (a district in eastern Ghana). Airinov and Uhurulabs, respectively a French and a Tanzanian firm specialised in drone-based farming applications, will carry out the demonstrations, which will continue on Friday 7 October. On Friday, PAFO and CTA will particularly target young PAFO members in an attempt to raise awareness among regional farmers' organisations about the potential of unmanned aerial services (UAS) for improving crop management. Both demonstrations will aim to facilitate the establishment of links between UAS providers, business incubators and interested adopters.
CTA will also provide customised social media training for regional farmers' organisations and PAFO agro-entrepreneurs on Thursday 6 October.
The regional farmers' briefing
On 8 and 9 October, the 4th Pan-African Farmer’s Organization (PAFO) Continental Briefing and the 1st PAFO Youth Forum will take place. The events will focus on realising the potential of smart farming and youth entrepreneurship for African agribusiness. Taking place in the context of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network Conference and Expo 2016, the Briefing will provide an unparalleled opportunity to bring the umbrella organisation of the regional farmer's organisations and its members together with youth agribusiness innovators in a forum attended by the leading agribusiness private and public sector representatives, successful agribusiness innovators, and stakeholders representing agriculture, technology and finance who are debating and developing solutions that are transforming Africa's agricultural landscape.
The Briefing will be the first project to be implemented as part of a new strategic partnership between PAFO, CTA and AgriCord to support capacity development of African farmer's organisations through improved policies, technologies and capabilities. The event will be organised in partnership with AAIN and will be used to acquire and exchange knowledge and expertise, leverage partnerships and expand existing programmes.
Throughout the conference, the CTA stand will showcase CTA's work on agribusiness, youth, entrepreneurship and new technologies. There will also be an exhibition on agricultural entrepreneurship by youth, where a drone will be showcased.
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About the Conference & Expo
The 2nd Pan African Agri-Business Incubators Conference and Expo is an event organised by the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) and supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB), African Union (AU), and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana (MOFA) amongst others.