BLOG: Inclusive Agricultural Transformation: How to Support Women and Youth Through Agribusiness, June 2016

INCLUDE, The Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies

There are many challenges involved in making agriculture more attractive to women and young people. Nevertheless, there is also much optimism and many initiatives taking place to overcome these challenges, as evidenced by the widely appreciated panel discussion on ‘Jobs for women and young people – the transformative potential of agribusiness’ co-hosted by INCLUDE at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Lusaka, Zambia on 23 May. Centred on the topic of agribusiness, this panel of experts discussed how agriculture can be transformed into a more productive sector and how it can create more employment for youth and women.

EVENT: Growing the Future: Insights and Innovations From Young Agricultural Entrepreneurs, June 16, 2016

CSIS Global Food Security Project and the CSIS Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative
Jun 16, 2016 (09:00am to 11:00am)

Join the CSIS Global Food Security Project and the CSIS Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative in welcoming six Growing the Future fellows to Washington, DC. These agricultural practitioners and entrepreneurs are spending a week engaging with policy makers from the federal government and non-governmental thought leaders. Our inaugural fellows, hailing from East and West Africa, will provide insights on what is working well in U.S. international agricultural development programs as well as make recommendations for improvements and offer ways that the U.S. can continue to support youth leadership in global food security.

BLOG: Kwabena Danso, The Brain Behind Ghana’s Bamboo Made Bicycles, April 2016

Modern Ghana

Kwabena Danso is a dreamer and a go-getter, a man determined to change the world around him and make a positive impact on several lives! He is a self-motivated young person driven by a passion to contribute to the fight against poverty through the introduction of pragmatic social intervention systems and policies. Kwabena, a social entrepreneur who works in rural communities to provide educational and economic opportunities to the deprived is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Booomers International Ltd and also doubles as the Executive Director of the Yonso Project. He has had a life-long interest in rural development.

BLOG: Selling Entrepreneurship to a Million Students, April 2016


It’s Friday afternoon at Iganga High School in Eastern Uganda, but the students aren’t thinking about the weekend. One group sinks their hands into a papier mâché paste, another stirs a foamy liquid. This is no art project or science lesson; it’s business. The end products — egg trays and soap, respectively — will provide an income for some pupils. The students here are learning from a unique curriculum developed by Educate!, a social enterprise that helps young Ugandans start businesses while in school, through a combination of weekly classes, mentoring, business clubs and teacher training. 

FORUM: Global Youth Forum 2016, June 13-15, 2016

The World Bank Group (WBG) and Global Partnership for Youth in Development
Jun 13, 2016 (All day) to Jun 15, 2016 (All day)

The Global Youth Forum 2016 will gather more than 150 partners and representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society, and young people themselves, to exchange new and innovative ideas, and to support the actions of the global community. The forum is designed around open discussions, based on evidence and experience, of the most effective ways to address both opportunities and  challenges facing young people and to engage young people in development.

BLOG: Commonwealth Governments Commit to Strengthening Youth Entrepreneurship in East Africa, May 2016

The Commonwealth

Government officials and young entrepreneurs representing eight Commonwealth countries in Africa have committed to advancing youth entrepreneurship by developing cohesive national strategies and cross-sector cooperation. The pledge came during a regional technical workshop on youth entrepreneurship for over 50 key officials from ministries of labour, youth affairs, trade and industry, representatives of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs–East Africa (CAYE-EA), and NGO and intergovernmental technical experts.

BLOG: Young Entrepreneurs Are Rising, May 2016

Your Commonwealth

Undoubtedly, youth entrepreneurship does not come without its challenges. Nevertheless, many young entrepreneurs across the continent are pushing through the bottlenecks and reaching great heights. The Commonwealth Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop brought together young successful East African entrepreneurs with policy makers to learn from one another other. There are many challenges that emerged from the discussions but also demonstrations of the youthful zeal to rise above them.

Blog: Making African Agriculture Achieve its Potential, May 2016


Every year, thousands of young Africans migrate from their families’ small, often struggling farms in the countryside. Their dream — sometimes fulfilled, often not — is to find a more rewarding and stimulating life in the continent’s rapidly growing citiesIt’s a complicated connection and one I deeply understand. My own exodus to the city as a young man opened up lifetime opportunities that culminated in serving as president of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy. Few return but even fewer ever completely sever their ties.


BLOG: Liberian Young Entrepreneur Builds Jobs & Futures, May 2016

All Africa

Mahmud Johnsonis founder and chief executive of J-Palm Liberia, an oil palm processing business he founded in 2013. He is one of a new group of young Liberians who attended university in the United States but returned to their country rather than settling abroad. Their contributions are essential elements in Liberia's attempt to regain momentum towards peace and prosperity after a quarter century of conflict and unrest, followed by the devastation of Ebola. He talked to AllAfrica about his work and his goal that it will be a tool to address Liberia's social problems and to create jobs. (AllAfrica interviews are edited for length and context.)

Bootcamp: Africa Farm to Fork Entrepreneurial Bootcamp, June 2016

Diaspora Angel Investment Network (DAIN), NativSol Kitchen, and Mansa Colabs in partnership with Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA).

The Africa Farm to Fork Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (#AfricaFarm2Fork) is the first-ever one day bootcampoffered exclusively by the Diaspora Angel Investment Network (DAIN),NativSol Kitchen, and Mansa Colabs in partnership with Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA)In this experiential boot camp, we will help you build sustainable businesses while helping the community. Guided by your bootcamp coaches, you will gain concrete skills of creating a business with insight from industry experts addressing visual modelling, organic agriculture, co-packing, functional foods, nutritional value of foods, and fair trade.