Next Brussels Briefing 49: “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture”

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 49 on “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture” will take place on 18th of May 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing will be co-organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, European Commission (DG DEVCO), Concord, PAFO and AgriCord. Click here to register for this Briefing.
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 8h00-9h00       Registration

9h00-9h15       Introduction of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

 Introductory remarks: Patrick Gomes, Secretary General, ACP Secretariat; Roberto Ridolfi, Director, Europeaid, European Commission; President, PanafricanFarmer’s Organisation (PAFO); President AgriCord; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA

 9h15-10h45     Panel 1: Employment creation for youth in the agricultural sector

This panel will share data on youth employment in the agricultural sector and will bring various perspectives from research, policy and practice and define key actionsto be taken to support youth in agribusiness.

Chair: H.E. Teshome Toga, Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors and Ambassador of Ethiopia to the EU (tbc)


  • What do we know about youth employment in agriculture? World Bank
  • Experiences of youth going into agriculture: main drivers of success Betty Wampfler, Deputy Director, IRC / Supagro, France
  • Organising youth engaged in commercial farming Jean Baptiste Hategekimana, Chairperson, Rwanda Youth Agribusiness Forum
  • Improving financial inclusion of Youth through ICTs Gerald Otim, Founder and Chief operating officer, Ensibuuko, Uganda

10h45-11h00   Coffee break

11h00-13h00 Panel 2: Young farmers and entrepreneurs: successes and opportunities ahead This panel will share concrete successes across ACP countriesfrom young entrepreneurs working in the agribusiness sector and will discuss the drivers of success and their replicability and upscaling.

Chair:  H.E. Novisi Abaidoo, Ambassador of Ghana to the EU (tbc)


  • Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship through incubation Peter Kuria Githinji, Director Business Development and Partnerships, African Agribusiness IncubatorsNetwork (AAIN), Ghana
  • Youth Participation in agro-processing in Malawi Maness Ngoma NkhataLakeshore Agro-Processing Enterprise (LAPE), Malawi
  • Youth entrepreneur in pig production in Lesotho Teboho  Mosebo,  Lesotho  National  farmers’  Union  (LENAFU),  FANRPAN  Africa  Youth champion in Agriculture
  • Exports of Ethiopian spices Senai Wolderfael founder of Feed Green Ethiopia Exports
  • Improved agricultural information access through ICTs Patrick Sakyi, Expert mobile commerce business, Farmerline, Ghana


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