On May 29, 2019, all trust consults together with Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) under collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) organized Yes Conference, the 4th Edition 2019; on engaging youth in entrepreneurship in agriculture.
The event took place at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village commonly known as Camp Kigali. Officially, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) governed the conference which was attended by more than 350 aspiring young entrepreneurs from over 50 universities and high schools across the country and few invitees in the region, investor partners, Government officials and policy makers under one roof to re- thinking more about the future of agriculture.
Speaking the audience, RYAF Chairman Jean Baptiste Hategekimana appreciated the commitment of All Trust Consult that organized this important session for engaging young generations in agripreneurship in line with encouraging more youth to take up opportunities in agriculture sector.
“Rwanda needs young people who can understand the country’s vision and opportunities emerging around to reach the national vision, where job creation among young generations within the sector should be prioritized” RYAF chairman added.
Honorable Minister appreciated the organizers of Yes Conference 2019 for providing the public with the platform to re-think more about the future of African agriculture specifically to Rwanda. She added that the future of agriculture across Africa is very bright and attractive enough to be invested in, so that to deal with food security among communities.
“I hope this conference will help us to re-think more about the future of agriculture but more importantly how to bring, in our food system, advanced technological solutions to transform the agriculture and close the gaps that do exist in food and nutritional security as well as job and wealth creation” Minister added.
Mrs. Hon. Gerardine expressed that Agriculture in Rwanda is becoming more and more opportunistic for the Youth, therefore, these last are the one to successfully make agriculture into agribusiness to provide not only food security among communities but also creation of jobs and wealth for young entrepreneurs.
“According to the World Bank estimates, the agribusiness sector in Africa is set to mobilize about a trillion dollars by 2030, which is crucial to empower youth to take active part and benefit from such great opportunities” again, the government of Rwanda has set up big ambitions when it comes to job creation; the National Strategy for Agricultural Transformation, is set to create 1,500,000 jobs which will widen the food markets in Africa and specifically in Rwanda and beyond” Minister added.
“In the past three years, our government has started deliberate initiatives that engage youth in agricultural value chain activities and we are very happy to see that the number of young generation engaging in agriculture is exponentially increasing. Most interestingly, more educated young men and women are actively engaging in various initiatives aiming to increase the agriculture productivity, guaranteeing the safety of agriculture produces, agriculture data and information generation and sharing, market linkages and value addition where from more than 12,000 members of youth under RYAF, HORECO, RARICO, and YEAN Rwanda, 80% of them are Bachelor holders who are playing catalytically a paramount importance in agriculture transformation” The Minister expressed.
The young entrepreneurs who were attended the conference, took time to present and share their businesses working activities and the winners were recognized by RYAF and All Trust Consult as the best entrepreneurs in Agriculture of Yes Conference 4th edition 2019.
From RYAF Communication Team