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.