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Identikit of the East African youth agripreneur in the digital space









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    Ready to go digital? Assessing the digital readiness of young agripreneurs in East Africa 2022
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    Food and Agricultural Organization’s Integrated Country Approach for boosting decent jobs for youth in agrifood systems carried out a digital readiness assessment of youth in agribusiness in partnership with the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation and youth-led organizations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Over 360 young male and female entrepreneurs engaged through an online survey and virtual focus group discussions that generated insights on their interaction with digital technologies, either as entrepreneurs, service providers, or members of youth organizations. This summary note presents key findings on the following topics: agribusiness information flows, youth digital access and preferences, information technology use for business including e-commerce, e-learning, online mentoring, and online activities of rural youth networks.
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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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    Opportunities for Youth in Africa (OYA) Programme
    Accelerating job creation and entrepreneurship in agriculture and agribusiness
    2021
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have developed a joint regional programme titled "Opportunities for Youth in Africa: Accelerating Job Creation and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Agribusiness". The programme is in response to a dedicated call for accelerating efforts in the area of job creation. This call was made during the 2018 Conference on Youth Employment in Agriculture co-organized by the African Union, the Government of Rwanda and FAO, which took place on 20-21 August 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, with the theme “Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to Ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship”. This brochure frames the OYA programme to align it with the priorities of donors including migration, human security and sustainable transitions. It also gives greater visibility to the programme's theory of change, objectives and targets of implementation.

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