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Smart Brooder: Providing hope for Kenya’s poultry sector

William Muthoka
by William Muthoka

In August 2014, after facing severe losses as new poultry farmers, a group of university engineering students hatched an idea that would not only save their chickens but that of hundreds of Kenyan smallholder poultry farmers.

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One in four businesses generally fail before their second year, and half do not survive beyond the fifth year; a situation experienced by many youth-led agri-enterprises in Kenya. This is a concern in a country which has a very young population coupled with a high youth unemployment rate. Economically viable agribusinesses could help to address this challenge; thriving youth-led agribusinesses are vital for job creation, make agri-enterprises attractive to the youth and hence could contribute towards alleviating youth unemployment in Kenya.

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In the Pacific islands, where the population is expected to double by 2050, there is an urgent need for youth to become entrepreneurial and creative risk-takers to help develop innovative, and environmentally sustainable, agricultural economies. But, although more than half of the South Pacific population (10 million) is under 25 years-old, these young people are experiencing problems in entering both formal and informal labour markets. Each year, 16,000 highly skilled Pacific islanders leave their countries for better paid jobs.

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Providing the opportunity for investors to fund a farm, empower small-scale farmers and share in their returns, farmignite is helping to increase Nigeria’s farm productivity, reduce food importation, and increase revenues for farmers and investors.

Impact Stories

New technology and business skills create rural jobs

Bertil Videt
by Bertil Videt

CTA’s PEJERIZ project is applying technology in the field, encouraging mechanisation and coaching young entrepreneurs to create jobs in the rice value chain in Mali and Senegal. Launched in March 2018, the project is already making a difference.

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Impact story

The AgriHack Talent initiative is one of the CTA’s best-known projects, particularly through its AgriHack Pitch start-up support programme. We take a look back on this initiative, which, over the course of just a few years, has succeeded in bringing together agriculture, entrepreneurship and new technologies.

Impact story

A Botswanan start-up is breaking the barriers to digital technologies for rural smallholder farmers. Brastorne Enterprises, a winner of CTA’s 2016 Pitch AgriHack competition, operates a mobile platform called mAgri to improve farmers’ access to information, markets and finance.

Impact story

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.

Press release

Young innovators transforming African agriculture awarded in Accra - Winners of Pitch AgriHack competition announced

Accra, Ghana, 6 September 2019. Seven young agricultural entrepreneurs, including four women, were awarded today for digital innovations during the closing plenary at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra.

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Press release

Wageningen, the Netherlands April 25 2019. Pitch AgriHack, the annual competition that awards young entrepreneurs in ICTs for agriculture (ICT4Ag) is open for applications. Now in its fourth year, Pitch AgriHack is an initiative by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) that supports ICT4Ag entrepreneurs through capacity building and funding to accelerate youth employment and agricultural transformation.

ICT Update

Home-grown ICT solutions in agriculture come from young entrepreneurs

Ken Lohento
by Ken Lohento

Young innovators in Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific region, have recognised the need for creative solutions to raise agricultural productivity and the huge prospective market for their ICT-enabled services in agriculture. Although they still face many challenges, their products have the potential to transform agricultural value chains in developing countries.

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Spore

Bottling Mali’s wild plants for nutritious drinks

In 2016, Aïssata Diakité launched Zabbaan Holding – a company that makes juices from plants grown locally in central Mali by over 5,000 farmers.

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The rapid evolution of ICTs is providing new opportunities for young entrepreneurs in agriculture. However, there are many hurdles to be overcome before these fledgling agribusinesses become profitable.

Events

  • Nov 20

    Conference

    AgriTech Movers Ethiopia Forum

    Digital technologies bear transformative powers in connecting, scaling and transforming the agriculture sector. The Green Innovation & Agritech Slam 2019 is an agri innovation platform that aims to identify young agri-entrepreneurs, businesses and start-ups in Ethiopia with the highest potential to tackle existing problems in agriculture using digital technologies. The AgriTech Mo…
    Location:
    Menelik II Ave, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


  • Sep 6

    Conference

    African Green Revolution Forum 2019 - Youth in agriculture: Showcasing and scaling models for agripreneurship

    Across the continent, young agripreneurs are recognising untapped opportunities in the agrifood sector. Yet, ideally, they would be fostered by a supportive ecosystem to progress faster and more successfully along their journey. The ambition of scaling digitally-enabled, environmentally conscious, market-led ventures to deliver jobs and healthy food, while respecting the natural environment, ca…

  • Sep 5

    Conference

    Pitch AgriHack 2019

    The Pitch AgriHack 2019 start-up competition holds its final during the…

  • Sep 2

    Conference

    African Green Revolution Forum 2019

    Africa is on the move, with signs of progress and growing prosperity for millions of its people. The continent has witnessed sustained economic growth and a modernisation of its economy for more than two decades powered by an increasingly inclusive agricultural transformation and by rapid growth in digital innovations.