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Celebrating Africa’s Youth in Agribusiness

AAIN,Etal to Hold Major Event in Dakar

Report: Mohammed ABU,Accra-ADM,Ghana

Ones of Africa’s major youth focused  events,the African Agribusiness Incubators network (AAIN) Conference & Expo is schedulled to take place in the senegalese capital of Dakar from, 8-10 november 2017

Held under the theme,“Youth Engagement in Agribusiness Trade and Investment:Investing in Youth Innovations and Technology to Transform Agriculture”,the event is to be preceded by  the Boot Camp that  will run concurrently with the main conference event.

This according to the organisers, is intended to provide the opportunity for Young people to  be coached, trained and mentored to sharpen their ideas, pitch their ideas to a professional panel of judges who are to precide over various categories of  awards and recognitions.

Organised by AAIN, Cheick Anta DIOP University, FAO, and AU-IBAR,hosted by the Senegalese government in partnership with Africa Rice,AGRA, CIAT,AfricaLead, AU-DREA, AU-IBAR, EIB, and the WB,the event promises to provide an opportunity to celebrate Africa’s huge agribusiness potential with Investors and Young Agriprenuers, Coach, Mentor, participate in exciting agribusiness pitches and B2B Ev

Additionally, the event which is expected to attract about 1,200 delegates from Africa and beyond,seeks to provide the platform for  meeting Innovators from across the breadth of agribusiness in Africa and other parts of the world.

Opportunity awaits young African people who are able to attend, in terms of  being coached, speed mentored, linked with mentors, pitching their ideas, finding technologies, meeting innovators and networking with potential financiers and investors.

The Technology and Innovations Expo allows SMEs, Development Actors to interact, learn how to manage business challenges, adopt new technologies and pitch their ideas for scale. Discussion will focus on how to build successful enterprises, get support and financing including the benefits of incubation

This,the orgaisers are optimistic,” will be an opportunity for accelerated learning and exchange of knowledge between emerging and established business and a place to find new partners through the B2B events” adding, ”will inform the current and new thinking about the strategies for private and public engagement to deliver impact solutions towards CAADP Malabo Declaration, SDGs and Agenda 2030, the African Union Agenda 2063 and other global development goals”.

Expected to attend are,Youth delegates from across Africa 200 Innovators in Agribusiness Youth in Agribusiness Networks, Farmers, cooperatives and Farmer Associations,NGOs and Civil Society Groups, Academia, Researchers ICT Developers and Hackers.

Also expected are the Donor Community, Government Agencies, Venture Capitalists, Investors and Commodity Vendors, Business Development Leaders, Private sector Actors, Start-ups, Incubates and incubator Managers, Financiers and Banking Institutions.

Other Side Attractions

Another major side attraction planned for,during the event are, the Incubation CARAVAN   targetted at  assisting  young people develop ideas through coaching and experiential learning during the journey and make a pitch at the conference


























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Chief Correspondent,,West Africa Region,African Development magazine

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