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Apr 25

African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum


African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum

Event Overview

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with CTA, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN), is organising the African Agripreneurs Youth Forum (AYA Forum) in Ibadan, Nigeria. It aims at demonstrating/showcasing success and business potential of agribusiness across Africa for job and wealth creation; and connecting agripreneurs to business and development organisations. About 250 young agripreneurs from Africa are expected at the Forum, as well as institutional and business partners. 

The AYA Forum is a platform where agripreneurs across Africa come together and seek to escalate the impact of their activities. It will comprise a two-day conference and workshop with thematic discussions and presentation of success stories. Also scheduled is the Agri-Pitch Entrepreneurship Competition that will lead to a selection of 3 finalists for presentation at the AfDB annual meeting in India, in May 2017. Among other participants, the AYA Forum will be attended by some of CTA's AgriHack programme participants and youth from the farmers' networks it collaborates with.

Two side events, including the Partner Workshop on Youth e-Agriculture Entrepreneurship organised by CTA and a mentor and incubator training programme are also set to take place at the Forum on 23 and 24 April.

CTA will be represented at the event by Ken Lohento, ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator.


  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • AfDB

    The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. The AfDB’s mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region. Its major role is to contribute to the economic and social progress of its regional member countries - individually and collectively. As of 31 December 2011, the African Development Bank's authorised capital is subscribed to by 78 member countries made up of 53 independent African countries (regional members) and 25 non-African countries (non-regional members).

  • AAIN