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Solutions to youth agripreneurship challenges

Lessons learned from youth agripreneur champions in Uganda









Ose, Y. 2021. Solutions to youth agropreneurship challenges – Lessons learned from youth agropreneur champions in Uganda. Rome, FAO. 


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    Since 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been implementing a global project titled Integrated Country Approach for Boosting Decent Jobs for Youth under the Agrifood System (ICA). The project aims to enhance decent jobs through the economic and social empowerment of rural youth by enhancing the enabling environment for youth agripreneurship. FAO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), launched the Youth Inspiring Youth in Agriculture Initiative (YIYA) in 2017. YIYA is a nationwide competition aimed at promoting youth employment in the agricultural sector by recognizing and supporting young agripreneurs, that are role models to their peers and are willing to work with and support other youth through knowledge-sharing, capacity building, and mentorship. The first cohort of youth champions (25), selected and awarded in 2017, received cash, technical training in different value chains, opportunities to exhibit their enterprises nationally and internationally, and participated in youth-focused policy dialogues on employment in agriculture. Based on the success of Round one of the YIYA initiative, FAO, MAAIF and partners embarked on a process to scale up the initiative into a national youth agripreneurs mentorship programme, to attract and inspire more young people to engage in the agriculture sector countrywide. In 2021, over 270 youth champions were selected from over 1 400 applications and 35 national youth champions were recognized and awarded with equipment, assets like animals, inputs and all of them have gained visibility and will further be supported to access opportunities.
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    This brief presents the youth-to-youth mentorship experience promoted by the Youth Inspiring Youth in Agriculture (YIYA) Initiative in Uganda in 2017. It presents eight youth-to-youth mentorship models, and provides recommendations on how to harness the full potential of youth-to-youth mentorship in youth agripreneurship development initiatives.
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    Rethinking agripreneurship: Impact of personal initiative agripreneurship training on improving the abilities of African youth to start and manage successful agribusinesses 2023
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    Long-term job frustration underlines Africa’s most pressing issues such as distress migration and peace and security, making it the number one policy preoccupation for policy makers in the continent. With limited resources and unlimited problems, policy makers are forced to prioritize interventions that will achieve the biggest impact on tackling youth unemployment. In this regard, agripreneurship can turn job seekers into job creators and help young agripreneurs not to fall back into unemployment again. However, not all business training programmes are effective and not all trainees benefit. Evidence has been mixed concerning the impact of traditional business training in enabling youth to develop viable businesses, including in the agriculture sector. This policy brief presents evidence on the impact of Personal Initiative Agripreneurship training titled “Agripreneurship 101” on achieving success for youth-led agribusinesses.

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