Meet 6 successful young ACP Agripreneurs


Agriculture needs you

Very few young people see a future for themselves in agriculture. Attracted by the bright lights of the city, they often see agriculture as a hard life tied to the past and they turn away from working the land. They do not realise what the land can bring them -- including good livelihoods and success -- and what they can bring to the land: their energy, new technologies and scientific research and bright ideas for new businesses.

Do you need evidence? Read the story of six young people who started from scratch and have now succeeded in agriculture. Six young people who demonstrate so clearly that youth and agribusiness go together. Join them and us and be part of the transformation of agriculture. CTA is participating this month in the African Youth Agripreneur Forum in Nigeria. The Centre is also invited to discuss these issues during the G20 conference on ‘ONE World No Hunger. Future of the Rural World’ and this week releases a guide to help young people set up companies that employ new technologies.

Joshua Ayinbora

By any standards, Joshua Ayinbora works an exceptionally long day. As well as doing a full-time job as an engineering geologist, this 30-year-old graduate from Ghana runs a small but flourishing pineapple agribusiness. With the help of ICTs, he is able to monitor his farm from a distance, ensuring his enterprise is always under control. 

Iese Mataia, 24, from Vaitele, Samoa, had always planned to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a carpenter. He was working with a construction company when he heard about the Organic Warriors Academy programme launched by CTA partner Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI) to encourage young people to return to the land. It was a decision that was to change his life.

Strength in numbers in Lesotho

Noi Paulina Selepe / Lesotho

When 29 year-old livestock farmer Noi Paulina Selepe launched her agribusiness, she realised it was too small to supply her country’s fast-growing market for chicken meat. Nothing daunted, this enterprising young woman, decided to call on other poultry farmers to join her – increasing overall output and helping her fellow producers to earn extra income in the process. 

Sound investment brings good returns

Jean-Marie Kameni / Cameroun

As a young man growing up in rural Cameroon, Jean Marie Kameni knew that his future lay in launching some form of agribusiness. But his plans lacked one basic ingredient – the technical knowledge to ensure that his crops thrived.

Two years without a job was enough to persuade Aristide Ihorimbere that he needed to take his future into his own hands. With a small loan and a modest plot of land, this 27-year-old agronomist is now running a profitable agrifood business, adding value to his products to earn higher revenues. Already providing work for five full-time and ten part-time employees, Ihorimbere is currently planning to expand operations and has set his sights on the export market.

CTA and Young ACP Agripreneurs: interview with Michael Hailu

Young people of Africa: “we are trying to leverage the whole innovation space”

More than 10 million young Africans enter the workforce each year, and most of them work in agriculture. The time to transform the sector has arrived. We spoke with CTA Director Michael Hailu, who has been leading the organisation in a strategic orientation towards youth, most recently at the Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali.

Videos agripreneurs

Senegal: The journey of a sweet potato champion

Seifour SARR, 25 years, is a management graduate. Unemployed after his studies, he ventured into the production of sweet potato on 2 hectares. Today, he cultivates 20 hectares and employs 30 people. In the search for a better life to help his family, Seifour wanted to migrate to Europe illegally with his friends.

Kenya: Gluten free cassava flour for a niche market

Elizabeth GIKEBE, 26 years, is a software developer. She is processing gluten free cassava flour and cassava starch, targeted at consumers allergic to gluten. When processing cassava, the main product is cassava flour, but Elizabeth also uses the by-products.

Mali: The vegetable producer of Bamako

Broulaye DIARRA, 40 years, is a vegetable producer. He learned crop production from his mother and made it his career. On his land of 3 hectares, Broulaye grows mainly vegetables such as celery, beetroot, turnip, cabbage and others. These vegetables are sold to women, who re-sell them to the customers in the city.

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