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Lovin Kobusingye, the accidental entrepreneur

Sharing actionable knowledge helps to turn ideas into reality. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has seen powerful returns from bringing together young entrepreneurial thinkers and doers from all over Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Marthe Montcho: Blogging for social change

Marthe Montcho started her blog, L’Agriculture au féminin or Women in Farming, in October 2013. Despite initially knowing very little about blogging, she quickly became a success as the blog grew in popularity. Montcho’s desire to fill what she saw as an information gap and empower female farmers, particularly in her home country of Benin, led to her winning the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo), organised by CTA in 2014.

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Blog articles

Mentoring - a helping hand for young agripreneurs

So you have what you are convinced is a winning idea for an agribusiness. What happens next? Obtaining advice and guidance from someone who has trodden the same path may pay dividends, especially for young entrepreneurs with little business acumen.

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Cascaded mentoring for successful youth agripreneurship in Africa

Guidance from business professionals or peers can provide valuable support for young entrepreneurs just starting out. Here, Blessing Mene from Nigeria, and Hermann Tossou from Benin, both 29, describe how they have benefited from mentoring – and how each has gone on to offer mentorship to other young people wanting to launch an agribusiness.

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Growing African agribusiness through peer learning

At the 2018 African Agribusiness Incubator Network (AAIN) Conference and Expo, held from 7–9 March in Dakar, Senegal, CTA held an interactive session on how the incubation of women and youth entrepreneurs in agribusiness could be supported through ICT knowledge sharing and peer learning. As one of the co-organisers, CTA also sponsored 30 participants, comprising women and youth agripreneurs, ICT entrepreneurs, and a knowledge management team.

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Investing in development, focusing on solutions

Agribusiness, youth and women entrepreneurship, regional trade and ICT4Ag were the key themes of five panel debates that CTA organised with its partners during the 2017 European Development Days (EDD). CTA director, Michael Hailu, reflects on the discussions during the forum, both within and outside the CTA sessions.

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European Development Days 2017: Inclusive trade in Africa

Supporting the realisation of Simplified Trade Regimes (STRs) is part of CTA’s activities in trade facilitation. To further this and other conversations, CTA is co-organising four events during this year’s European Development Days in Brussels. Promoting inclusive trade in Africa: Boosting cross border trade through simplified trade regimes [1] will take place on 7 June as part of the Sustainable Investment theme.

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Supporting young e-agriculture start-ups

During the last quarter of 2016, Pitch AgriHack’s 25 finalists – selected from a competitive group of 152 e-agriculture start-ups from across Africa and the Caribbean – participated in a 2-day training bootcamp, which focused on offering successful business services in e-agriculture, at iHub in Nairobi.

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Pitch AgriHack seeks to promote greater engagement of young women

Wageningen, The Netherlands, 13 April 2018. CTA has launched ‘Pitch AgriHack 2018’ a competition to support young agricultural entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) build viable businesses and boost innovation for a more sustainable agricultural sector. Winning innovations will be awarded up to €15,000, as well as mentoring and networking opportunities.

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Tremendous opportunities for more business-focused African agriculture

Opportunities for agribusiness to transform African agriculture – especially when coupled with smart farming – are at the forefront of three major events taking place in Accra, Ghana, this month. The 2nd Pan African Agribusiness Incubators Conference and Expo, until 6 October, explores the potential for agribusiness, trade and investment in Africa, including ways of linking smallholders to markets and facilitating the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

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Syndicated articles

Changing the gender bias in agriculture

Women entrepreneurs are playing an important role in transforming global food security for economic growth, but they have to work twice as hard as men to succeed in agribusiness.

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Technical and scientific articles

Young agripreneurs create markets for farmers in the Congo

To encourage value addition of cassava and provide employment opportunities for local farmers, women and youths in the Democratic Republic of Congo, young entrepreneurs have established eight processing centres across the country.

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A passion for porcine production

Accounting for 38% of worldwide meat production, pork is attracting a new generation of African entrepreneurs – bucking the continent’s traditional aversion to the meat.

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A competitive challenge for agribusiness

Multinational corporations in the agrifood sector are increasingly including social and environmental aspects as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR). However, although significant progress has been achieved in favour of farmers, more needs to be done.

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Don’t leave technology to the men

Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, CEO and Founder of blueMoon – Ethiopia’s first youth agribusiness incubator – shares her experience as a woman entrepreneur in Africa’s agricultural sector and stresses the importance that agribusinesses ‘think digital’.

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Background articles

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Energising African agriculture

Africa is home to the world’s youngest population with 226 million people aged 15 to 24. This young workforce has the potential to drive innovation and transformation in agriculture, yet 72% of young Africans are living on less than €1.85 per day.

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