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Sep 5

Entrepreneurial Youth in Agriculture: New Skills and Technologies for Growth

Entrepreneurial Youth in Agriculture: New Skills and Technologies for Growth

Event Overview

To effectively harness the emerging opportunities for economic transformation and associated work opportunities for youth, policymakers need to anticipate how these trends will affect African agriculture and proactively formulate and implement pragmatic strategies to respond to them. The session will focus on the salient transformational changes influencing agriculture and employment patterns with particular attention to the youth population, and provide context-specific approaches to respond to them.

Kigali, Rwanda


  • 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).

  • 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.


    Headquartered in South Africa, the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) is a not-for-profit farmer organisation representing national agricultural unions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. SACAU was formed in 1992, initially by six farmer organisations but has since expanded its membership to include 17 farmer organisations in 12 countries. In addition, there are associate members, including regional commodity organisations and private companies associated with agricultural value chains on a regional basis.

  • FAO

    Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

  • Alliance for African Partnership

    In May 2016, Michigan State University consulted with 14 African leaders across a range of backgrounds and expertise to create a new type of partnership. The premise of this convening was that a change needs to occur in the structure of prevailing development-oriented trends. This change will lead to more sustainable and mutually beneficial forms of collaboration, resulting in more effective outcomes for society. This convening of MSU faculty and African associates laid down the groundwork for the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP). The Alliance is a collaborative and cross-disciplinary platform to address today’s global challenges in a way that is sustainable, effective, and equitable. The Alliance is a work in progress. At its core is the vision that the process of defining and implementing collaborations is a crucial and under-appreciated basis of the success of any project. Its activities will surely evolve over time as we widen our network of collaborators and become increasingly sensitised to each other’s perspectives and experiences. Through this initiative, MSU will continually strive to be a leader in co-developing best practices for partnerships in Africa.

  • MSU

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. A top global university, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better world while providing students with life-changing opportunities. Michigan State University Spartans work to advance the common good with uncommon will. The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratised higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation—and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.