Youth Initiative Program
PanAAC is promoting green house farming aimed at attracting the youth to Agriculture. The average age of the farmer in Africa is 60 years old, a very worrying trend! It’s a fact that the youth will only embrace modern farming, leaving the usual traditional farming to the older generation. PanAAC is hence determined in working hand in hand with the private Sector Companies that embrace new technologies which are attractive to the youth. PanAAC in collaboration with Amiran Kenya have set up a green house at PanAAC offices to train the youth on green house farming.
Actualizing the youth entrepreneurial capacity in real agriculture, by promoting the agribusiness and agro-industry facet and making it’s value known.
- To mainstream youth participation in agriculture and its facet of business through integration of financial, labour, service and good markets.
- To create a forum for the exchange of ideas that will enable transform the mentality of the young people about agriculture through conversion of outputs of agricultural research into value added products and integration at the value chains.
- To assist mainstream cross-cutting issues that undermine the development of agriculture and its facet of business such as the role of youth fragmented business environment, insufficient technology and knowhow and underdeveloped market.
- To play a role in building impact networks and strategic partnerships with stakeholders in agriculture both at regional and national levels.
- To develop strategies for financing of early stage agribusinesses, pilot enterprises and incubator projects.
- Create a platform that encourages participation of the youth in small-medium agri-business enterprises addressing the challenges, limitations and their needs.
- Develop strategies to cater for model business development
- Create active participation of young people from all sectors within the value chain.
- Engage the rural based youth while advocating for better women participation.
- Access innovative financial services and products which have a low cost base
- Create an avenue/platform for knowledge sharing and information flow to the youth on opportunities within and outside their countries.
- Discuss and understand the Capacity of young entrepreneurs
- Create and support Networks within the entire value chain and their effect on future opportunities and problem solving.
- Facilitate better representation and advocacy with Governments
The project is expected to realize the following Results:
- Discuss on contribution of the young people in the world agriculture agenda
- Identification of the needs and weaknesses of the young people.
- Creation of a global members learning needs criteria
- Develop and strengthen the projects structures
- Explore and identify the challenges and opportunities that affect the young people around the globe.
- Foster learning and capacity on value –chains to the youth
- Initiate platforms and avenues for engagement with the youth and forward linkages with other agriculture industrial corporates
- Enhance Capacity Building
- Better working relations with Governments and Donor Communities.
- Mainstreaming the young people active participation on country agricultural forums.eg. MTIP/ CAADP Agenda in Africa.
- Creation of an all inclusive membership with an emphasis of young women being highly encouraged to participate.
- Youth entrepreneurs involved in the agriculture value chain, shall get an umbrella body to coordinate and pursue their shared interests at country, regional and global level
- Young people business needs are singled out, identified and supported.
- Young people gain a platform for sharing experiences and exchange of Knowledge
- Government and Development partners will have a forum to work with and get reference.
- Young women enjoined in an equal platform where their views and active participation is highly encouraged
- The world’s governments are able to promote public-private partnerships in agri-business development within the agricultural value-chain that are anchored on the youth’s agenda. The department of Agricultural economics and Agribusiness management, Egerton University, in the hope of expanding its scholarly endeavours entered into a collaborative agreement with PanAAC for the purposes of enhancing the development of skilled manpower with a better appreciation of the practical agribusiness environment and its challenges.