Month: March 2019

Why youth in Kenya are not embracing agribusiness | Graduate Farmer

Kenya is currently grappling with challenges of food insecurity that have led to increased food imports from the neighbouring countries, even as the shilling weakens further. The irony of Kenya’s food insufficiency plight is that the country has vast arable land and favorable weather that can sustain agricultural activities. Kenya enjoys a bi-modal distribution of …

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Best agribusiness for the youth to engage in

John Karegwa is the executive director of Changemaker International, an organisation that promotes trade and investment opportunities between Europe and Africa. He speaks on opportunities in agribusiness that local farmers can explore The country’s full potential in agribusiness to an extent remains untapped. What are the challenges? Middlemen, weather and climate change, and low investment in …

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Open for Business: kenya Tackles Youth Unemployment through SME and Agribusiness Development

In Kenya youth unemployment is higher than the overall national unemploymentrate. While the latter is around 10% it goes as high as 35% for youth, dependingon the age group. According to the UNDP study, 80% of the currently 2.3 millionunemployed are young people between 15 and 34 years (World Bank, 2014).Youth unemployment is primarily a …

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Farmers are smart and want to become businessmen

From the lab to the masses: Maria Andrade bred varieties of biofortified sweet potatoes which are now widely used all over the continent. She sets her hope on the transformation of African agriculture. Dr. Andrade, you are wearing an orange dress today. Are you marketing sweet potatoes? Maria Andrade: Of course, we are on a …

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Africa’s farmers urgently need climate-proof investment for food security

The world is letting down Africa’s smallholder farmers – and governments across the globe urgently need to more than double their spend on helping them adapt to the brutal daily realities of a climate that is already changing. Small-scale farmers, herders and fisher-folk, who produce the majority of the world’s food, are living with increasingly …

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The future of farming in Africa is not agriculture but agribusiness

Africa is a farm lover’s dream: abundant uncultivated arable land, roughly over half the global total; tropical climates that permit long growing seasons; a young labor force; and an expanding population that provides a readily available market for produce consumption. Yet, African countries are yet to harness these opportunities to ensure sustainable food security and …

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