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Accelerating agripreneurship among the youth using a competence-based learning approach

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Presentation by Florence Opondo, Laikipia University, at the SIANI Members Meeting in Nairobi, November 14th 2018

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Accelerating agripreneurship among the youth using a competence-based learning approach

  1. 1. ACCELERATING AGRIPRENEURSHIP AMONG THE YOUTH USING A COMPETENCE-BASED LEARNING APPROACH PRESENTED BY FLORENCE OPONDO, LAIKIPIA UNIVERSITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
  2. 2. A sustainable world can only be achieved with the full engagement of young people, they must feel integrated, and believe that a more peaceful and prosperous world is possible. Building the Zero Hunger Generation requires building a new generation of farmers and businessmen and women in Africa.” Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General FAO, 2018
  3. 3. World of Work Africa is the most youthful continent in the world with about 226 million youth ( UN, 2015)  Youth unemployment rate in sub-Saharan Africa is about 14% Additional entrants into the joblessness population majority being the cohort of youth Few formal employment opportunities Agriculture is a sector with many opportunities for sub-Saharan Africa‘s youth
  4. 4. Agriculture is Uncool
  5. 5. Agripreneurship Alliance • Established August 2017 • Swiss Based Association (non-profit) • Located in Montreux, Canton Vaud • President: Dr Anne Roulin • CEO: Steven Carr
  6. 6. Mission • To promote and stimulate graduate driven entrepreneurship in agriculture and agribusiness in Africa Aims • To support young adults to become the farmers of tomorrow through choice, rather than necessity • To inspire young agripreneurs to establish food-based businesses that encourage the development of the wider rural community eco-system • To stimulate innovative approaches in locally based food systems • To contribute to local and global food security
  7. 7. Entrepreneurship in Agri-Business Programme A short course that can be embedded into existing universities and institutions Course adopts a ‘Blended Learning’ approach with course curriculum, resources and materials being accessible on an online platform Course follows a ‘Flipped Classroom’ paradigm that enables participants to study course theory in own learning time which is then applied within the taught course The course includes 10 sessions, each of 3 hours which is spread over a period of 10 – 14 weeks
  8. 8. And so… Define the problem Identify the solution Apply the definition of Entrepreneurship across the Agri-Food value/supply chains Consider opportunities “From Farm to Fork and Beyond”
  9. 9. ...... Agripreneurship Alliance
  10. 10. Making Agripreneurship Real  Participants ( 20)  Completion Rate (85%) The Journey – Agripreneurship 2018
  11. 11. Entrepreneurship in Agri-Business Implementing Partners • Egerton University, Kenya • Laikipia University, Kenya • Gulu University, Uganda • IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School, Somaliland • IITA sponsored Youth Agri-Group, Uganda
  12. 12. THANK YOU

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