Partner workshop on youth e-agriculture entrepreneurship

Sunday 23 April - Monday 24 April 2017

Ibadan, Nigeria

Workshop organized by: CTA IITA AfDB AAIN

Creating employment opportunities and decent livelihood options for the youth is one of the most pressing challenges facing governments in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Promoting youth engagement in agribusiness, including through the use of ICTs, has been one of CTA's focus areas over the past few years. Today, CTA is looking at scaling up impacts for its youth initiatives. This workshop will help devise strategies in this framework, particularly for ICT and youth in agriculture initiatives. 

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Review results of past AgriHack Talent initiatives;
  • Exchange on proposals aiming at supporting youth agribusinesses via stronger ICT business services;
  • Discuss technical partnership and funding opportunities.

The two-day workshop will focus on specific items as presented below:

  • 23 April: Discussion of a project idea to scale up youth agribusinesses through business services offered notably by young ICT entrepreneurs (open to selected partners)
  • 24 April: Reviewing and scaling up the AgriHack Talent initiative (particularly the Pitch AgriHack component) 

The workshop is organised in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN). Representatives from ICT incubators, venture capitals, young startups, farmer organisations and national entrepreneurship programs will also attend. 

This workshop is organised as a pre-event of the African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum, organised in Ibadan by AfDB on 25 and 26 April 2017, in collaboration with partners including CTA.

CTA will be represented at the event by Ken Lohento, ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator.