Agribusiness4Change Conference Video

Agribusiness4Change Conference Video

Finally, we are able to share the video from the Agribusiness 4 Change Conference from 7 – 9 May 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with you. Check it out!

Agribusiness4Change Conference Video

Shaping rural transformation and inclusive agricultural growth - Agribusiness4Change Conference

Shaping rural transformation and inclusive agricultural growth - Agribusiness4Change Conference

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168 development professionals and entrepreneurs came together at the international Agribusiness4Change conference from 7 to 9 May 2019 in Addis Ababa to discuss perspectives and challenges of future agribusiness to shape rural development, strengthen entrepreneurship and enhance inclusive agricultural transformation. Organized by the GIZ FBS Advisory Facility of the Sustainable Smallholder Agri-business Programme (SSAB) and in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), and the Green Innovation Center Ethiopia, participants from 20 different countries discussed topics relevant to agribusiness approaches while emphasizing on the scaling up of such approaches.


YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE was the leitmotif of the conference cutting across all sessions. Millions of youth entering the African labor market each year seek employment opportunities to generate income and build decent livelihoods. Among them graduates from institutions for Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) who struggle to find employment or to set up their own business in agricultural value chains. The key takeaways from the conference are relevant to policies, employment creation and investments in agribusiness: access to land and finances is crucial for all and particularly young agripreneurs. Here, emphasis was laid on the private sector to invest more in rural areas. In addition to that, every ambitious agripreneur should make use of existing structures such as policies, institutions, and networks to harness the energy of political participation at various levels. Governments should appreciate and promote the idea of young agripreneurs and thus create an environment for  agricultural transformation.

YOUNG AGRIPRENEURS CREATE EMPLOYMENT. The Value Change panel found that the rural (community) context offers the most important potential for employment creation. A deeper dive was Vision Lab C on off-farm employment potentials and on the question of how to transfer this vision into reality. Small entrepreneurs in agriculture and processing contribute to value addition through their profits, wages paid to hired labour, purchase of inputs and use of services. In addition, professional organizations, contract farming, off-farm business services also play an important role in value chain development and the creation of formal employment.

BRIDGING THE GAP. Young graduates and young people living in rural areas are not well connected while the current focus of youth policies in agriculture being more on highly educated youth. However, the majority of youth living and working in African agriculture is less privileged so far. They need appropriate support for capacity development as agripreneurs or technical service providers. Formats that bring together young graduate agribusiness entrepreneurs with farmers and youth that had less chance for formal education open up opportunities to combine education, skills development, infrastructure and incentives to make agriculture attractive for youth.

Alongside the conference, approaches, experiences and impacts of topics discussed during the event were showcased at the INNOVATION MARKET carried out by 20 participating programmes, partners and organizations. Providing unique communication materials and channels, the market encouraged participants to dive deeper into ideas and exchange amongst each other. Finally, these ideas were further elaborated through four FIELD TRIPS. An opportunity to engage with the host country Ethiopia to learn more about its implementation of FBS trainings, collaboration with processing companies, service provisions and the involvement of rural youth and cooperatives.

Participants used a conference app specially designed to provide guidance on the agenda, attendees and speakers. Moreover, the app contained communication features allowing the participants to ask questions, vote, communicate via news feeds and evaluate the conference.           

The Agribiz4Change conference was a unique experience that acknowledged once again the significance of agribusiness approaches for building a sustainable agricultural model for the future. Agribusiness skills and mind-sets are the cornerstone for effective policies and investments leading to inclusive growth. Considering demographic and socio-economic challenges in Africa, large scale and speed are required to make significant impacts for inclusive agricultural transformation for and with young Africans.

Youth in Agriculture

  Innovation market

Field Trip