Sep 6

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

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

Event Overview

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, can only be realised through collaborative efforts to educate, support and invest in young talent. This session will explore how ecosystem actors can support agripreneurs to scale sustainable solutions through collaborative action.

Moderator: Mr. Dalumuzi Mhlanga, Chief of Staff, Econet

Sequence 1: Panel discussion: Inspiring stories from young agripreneurs

  • GoGettaz finalists
  • Mr. Patrick Ofosu-Agyemang, CEO AgroInnova, Ghana
  • Ms. Sonita Tossou, CEO Fenou Foods, Benin

Sequence 2: Discussion Groups: How to support agripreneurs to scale solutions

Information, inspiration and education


  • Mr. Michael Hailu, Director, CTA or Mr. Ken Lohento, Senior Programme Coordinator, ICT4Ag, CTA
  • LEAP Africa,, Kenya

Rapporteur: Ms. Anu Paasiaro, Director, Global Initiatives Strategy and Business Development, Yara Internation

Support and mentorship

Firestarters: Ms. Bernadette Mukonyora, Programme Analyst, IFAD

  • Mr. Peter Materu, Chief Program Officer, Mastercard Foundati
  • Ms. Jane Lowicki-Zucca, Youth Senior Advisor, USAID

Rapporteur: Mr. Fredrick Nyambare, Smallholder Solutions and Partnerships Manager (Africa), Yara Internation

Growth capital to scale success


  • Mr. Bertil van Vugt, Business Development Lead, Venture Capital for Africa

Rapporteur: Mr. Tony Nsanganira, Youth Employment Specialist, FAO

Policy reform and leadership


  • Mr. Edward Mabaya, Manager of Agribusiness Development, African Development Bank
  • Mr. Boaz Keizire, Head of Policy, AGRA - Rapporteur: Mr. Benito Eliasi, Capacity Development Advisor, SACAU

Creating a movement


  • Ms. Lorin Fries, Strategic Consultant, Wasafiri 42
  • Ms. Marnie Pannatier, Programme Manager, Syngenta Foundation

Rapporteur: Ms. Kathi Walther Bouma, Special Advisor, Econet Group

Sequence 3: Report back on group discussions: Opportunities for collaboration and action

Sequence 4: Commitments of support to a joint agenda

Sequence 5: Closing remarks