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May 18

Brussels Briefing 49 - Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture

Brussels Briefing 49 - Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture

Event Overview

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 49 on “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture” will take place on 18th May 2017 from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing will be co-organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission (DG DEVCO), ConcordPAFOAgriCord, and AFDB/AAIN.

Almost 88% of the world’s 1.2 billion youth live in developing countries. Globally, young people account for approximately 24% of the working poor and this dynamic is particularly pronounced in Africa, where over 70% of youth subsist on US$2 per day or less. Although the world’s youth population is expected to grow, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young women and men remain limited – particularly for those living in economically stagnant rural areas of developing countries. Projections indicate that 60% of the world’s labour force growth between 2010 and 2050 will be in Africa which has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million aged between 15 and 24 (doubling by 2045 according to the AFDB).

In Africa, agriculture is still in most cases the sector which can absorb large numbers of new job seekers and offer meaningful work with public and private benefits. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the transition into agriculture begins early. The vast majority of teenagers who work are working in agriculture. At age 15, of the 60% of those who are working, almost 90% are working in agriculture. The share working outside agriculture increases steadily with age, largely because young people who leave school at higher grades enter other sectors. In rural areas, where limited educational opportunities prevent youths from staying in school for very long, agriculture employs more than 90% of 15- and 16-year-olds, and about 80% of young people ages 24 and older remain in agriculture (although some who report agriculture as their primary activity also have a non-farm activity as well). Women who work are more likely to work in agriculture than men—and unlike men, their probability of working in agriculture does not decrease much with age. One reason why so many women remain in agriculture is that they leave school sooner, so employment opportunities are set much earlier for females than for males.

The creation of employment opportunities for young people is among the major development challenges of our time. Changing the vision of youth towards agriculture must happen. In this context, youth-related policies and programmes should seek to identify specific, priority interventions that add value. Policy makers should see the value of investing in empowering youth to strengthen and sustain the foundation for agricultural transformation. Creating more and better jobs, in particular for the growing young rural labour force, should be an explicit objective of agriculture and rural development programmes and youth-focused policies and investments in agriculture and rural development should be a priority. Boosting incentives to improve the quality of education will also be key to produce a skilled workforce. We need to increase the understanding of the specific needs of young people, improving the capacity of youth to profitably engage in activities along the agricultural value chain and improve access to markets and finance. As youth are often marginalised in these processes, platforms and mechanisms for their engagement need to be put into place to enable them to fully participate in the policy dialogue, make their voice heard and give recognition to their status.

Chairs

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Leonard Mizzi

Acting Director Devco C, Planet and Prosperity and Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission

Speakers

Fatma Ben Rejeb

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO)

Estelle Gallot

Administrative and Financial Officer at AgriCord

Viwanou Gnassounou

Assistant Secretary General, ACP Secretariat

Panellists

Betty Wampfler

Professor in development economics in Supagro Montpellier, deputy Director of the Tropical Institut of SupAgro Montpellier

Gerald Otim

Chief operating officer and co-founder of Ensibuuko, Uganda

Peter Kuria Githinji

Director of Business Development and Partnerships at African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)

Maness Ngoma Nkhata

Lakeshore Agro-Processing Enterprise (LAPE), Malawi

Senai Wolderfael

Founder and Managing Partner at Feed Green Ethiopia Exports

Patrick Sakyi

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Associate, Farmerline

Bertrand Foffe

Solution Engineer, Jangolo Farms

Speakers

Chairs

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Leonard Mizzi

Acting Director Devco C, Planet and Prosperity and Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission

Speakers

Fatma Ben Rejeb

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO)

Estelle Gallot

Administrative and Financial Officer at AgriCord

Viwanou Gnassounou

Assistant Secretary General, ACP Secretariat

Panellists

Betty Wampfler

Professor in development economics in Supagro Montpellier, deputy Director of the Tropical Institut of SupAgro Montpellier

Gerald Otim

Chief operating officer and co-founder of Ensibuuko, Uganda

Peter Kuria Githinji

Director of Business Development and Partnerships at African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)

Maness Ngoma Nkhata

Lakeshore Agro-Processing Enterprise (LAPE), Malawi

Senai Wolderfael

Founder and Managing Partner at Feed Green Ethiopia Exports

Patrick Sakyi

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Associate, Farmerline

Bertrand Foffe

Solution Engineer, Jangolo Farms

Attendees

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  • Bento, Adelaide

  • Jesus, Angélica Costa De

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  • Barnaba, Giulia

  • Catini, Giulia

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  • Boto, Isolina

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  • Buyne, Jo-Ann

  • De Cannière, Jeanne

  • Dey De Pryck, Jennie

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  • Atkinson, Katherine

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  • Appulo, Lea

  • Conti, Lucia

  • De Wolf, Laurence

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  • Ciuffreda, Mariella

  • Duru, Maureen

  • Eba, Madeleine

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  • Anne-Valérie, Nouind

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  • De Caro, Paola

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  • Corbucci, Valentina

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  • Chileshe, Yvonne

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  • Druilhe, Zoe

Organisers

  • 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.

  • ACP

    The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative management of the ACP Group. It assists the Group's decision-making and advisory organs in carrying out their work. The ACP Secretariat's headquarters is located in Brussels (Belgium). It is headed by an Executive Secretary-General who is responsible for implementing the Group's international policy, as well as directing and coordinating its cooperation policy.

  • DG DEVCO

    The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. DG DEVCO is in charge of development cooperation policy in a wider framework of international cooperation, adapting to the evolving needs of partner countries. This encompasses cooperation with developing countries at different stages of development, including with countries graduated from bilateral development assistance to cover the specific needs of these countries during the transition period between low-income countries and upper middle-income countries. DG DEVCO works closely with other Commission services responsible for thematic policies, as well as with the European External Action Service and Commission services on external action, so as to facilitate and help ensure a consistent approach.

  • CONCORD

    CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations: 28 national associations, 20 international networks and 3 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. CONCORD is the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy.

  • PAFO

    PAFO is a network of Farmers Organizations across the African continent. It's aim is to improve communication, collaboration and information/knowledge sharing among stakeholders. Through PAFO, the sub-regional networks of farmers’ organizations and agricultural producers of the Maghreb (UMAGRI), of the Southern Africa (SACAU), of Central Africa (PROPAC), of the Eastern Africa (EAFF) and of West Africa (ROPPA), are working together since 2003 on continental issues of interest having a significant impact on African agriculture.

  • AgriCord

    AgriCord is the network of "agri-agencies", non-governmental organisations for development cooperation with structural links to the farmers' and rural members' organisations in their home countries (8 EU Member states, Canada, Senegal and Asia). AgriCord and agri-agencies provide support to farmers' organisations in developing countries, covering both capacity building and concrete operations.

  • 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

    AAIN is registered in Accra, Ghana as a private sector entity & internationally recognised as a Business Development Company. AAIN supports Startups, SMEs, Incubators, Women, Mena and youth to off-take new ideas, innovations and technologies from research to commercialization. It also supports technology development and transfer as part of the drive to mechanisation. @AAINOnline