PRESENTATION: There’s more to Agriculture than Handhoes Scaling Up Youth Agrifood Employment in Rwanda and Tanzania, Sep 2016

Michigan State University, Young Volunteers for Environment, Sokoine University of Agriculture,
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Sep 28, 2016

The supermarket and specialty export revolution has arrived in sub-Saharan Africa, bringing with it diverse employment opportunities from “farm to fork.”  Are youth ready?  This session explores new findings on profound changes in African diets, the dramatic response of local agribusinesses, and the major growth in specialty exports.  It will explore the implications of these rapid changes for youth employment, and how next-gen programs in Tanzania and Rwanda are helping youth address the "practical technical and business skills gap” head on through innovative partnerships with private agribusinesses in Tanzania’s SAGCOT corridor and Rwanda’s coffee districts.  




Julie Howard, Senior Adviser to the Associate Provost and Dean, Int'l Studies and Programs, Michigan State University (USA)

Regis Nisengwe, MSc Student, Department of Community Sustainability, MSU and Executive Director, Young Volunteers for Environment (Rwanda)

Anna Andrew Temu, Sr. Lecturer, Dept of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness and Founder, SUGECO, Sokoine University of Agriculture and Sokoine University Graduate Entrepreneurs Cooperative (Tanzania)

Soji Adelaja, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy, Michigan State University (USA)

Enterprise Development
Sub-Saharan Africa
Agriculture & Food Security