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Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF), a joint program of the International Development Research Center of Canada (IDRC) and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and its collaborating partners organized a side event of the just concluded Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF2016) held at the United Nations Complex in Nairobi with the theme “Seize the moment: Africa rising through agricultural transformation”. The side event took place on 5th September 2016, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi. The theme of the side event was “Science and Innovation to Drive Africa’s Agricultural Transformation”. 

USIU-Africa’s Global Agribusiness Management & Entrepreneurship (GAME) Center participated and showcased the Metro AgriFood Living Lab Project’s (Expanding Business Opportunities for Youth in the Fish and Poultry sectors in Kenya) Research findings. Contrary to the belief that agriculture is uncool among the youth, USIU-Africa’s GAME Center and its partners have tested a set of interventions that have helped create job opportunities. A combination of capacity building, research & mentoring have helped the youth entrepreneurs in creating business ventures. Further, divergent to belief about women being disadvantaged, results showed that women are more resilient in venture creation as opposed to men and the youth in employment want a diversity of sources of income hence undertake agribusiness.

AGRF 2016

GAME CENTER Program Manager, Mrs. Karen Musikoyo-Nguru with USIU-Africa Faculty and Gender Expert, Dr. Damary Sikalieh

The event was graced by Hon. Willy Bett – Cabinet Secretary, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya and USIU-Africa was represented by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza who took part in the day’s closing round table panel discussion, Mrs. Karen Musikoyo- GAME Center Program Manager who made a presentation on the project and Mrs. Wanjira Gitagia-USIU-Africa alumni & participant in the GAME Center’s Living Lab Project who presented on her Insect Feed (INSFEED) rearing venture. Karen and Wanjira further took part in a panel discussion, “Setting the Scene- Building Leaders-Looking to the Future, Women and Youth in Agriculture.” The Living Lab Project team, entrepreneurs and USIU-Africa’s student Business Counselors working with the entrepreneurs in the project attended the event as well.

USIU-AFRICA Vice Chancellor Proffesor Zeleza shares a light moment with the Head of Marketing and Communications in USIU-AFRICA, Mrs. Jane Muriithi-Thomas at the GAME CENTER Stand.

USIU-Africa Vice Chancellor Proffesor Zeleza shares a light moment with the Head of Marketing and Communications in USIU-Africa, Mrs. Jane Muriithi-Thomas at the GAME CENTER Stand.

 

The GAME Center’s Living Lab Project team went on to attend the AGRF2016 main event from 6th-9th September 2016 at the UN Complex in Nairobi.

The 18-month Living Lab project funded by IDRC/ACIAR and being implemented by a consortium of partners; USIU-Africa through GAME Center, License to Grow (Netherlands), Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences VHL University  (Netherlands) and Michigan State University (USA) will be ending in December this year with a dissemination symposium set for 1st & 2nd November 2016 at USIU-Africa.

GAME CENTER Program Administrator, Salome Asena

GAME CENTER Program Administrator, Salome Asena

Compiled by Philip Khamati-GAME Center

 

 

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