As an African economic development company with a focus on promoting private sector development and encouraging greater private sector engagement in support of the realization of the continental African development agenda as outlined by the African Union and its implementation arm, the NEPAD Agency, Africa Business Group is seeking to utilize its relationship with various Africa active business owners below and/ or near the age of 40 who are building enterprises involved in agriculture and agribusiness to forge a platform of practitioners - and to help them accelerate their growth and ability to be economically impactful in their chosen fields of endeavor. Additionally, ABG seeks to use its relationships with African government, AU organs, development partners and development agencies to accelerate the development of mutually beneficial linkages between the emerging fast growing agri-sector companies and small holders and other stakeholders in Africa’s food value chains.
The Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform seeks to identify and work with Africa-active agribusiness/ agriculture enterprise owners aged 40 or below who have been in business 3 years or more, and seek to grow their enterprises by 20% year on year over the next three years.
The objective of the platform is also to: a) promote intra-African, intra-youth, knowledge and success model sharing, b) promote trade and investment in agriculture and agribusiness among platform members, c) promote youth in agriculture and agribusiness by showcasing and promoting platform members, d) create mutually beneficial linkages between youth owned enterprises and the growing number of smallholder farmer transformation “projects” on the continent; and e) accelerate the economic impact of agriculture and agribusiness enterprise owners who are GAAAP members – in the communities where they are active.
Lastly, in 2016 the desire is to identify and bring together 100 such enterprise owners, in 2017 to bring together 300 such enterprise owners, and in 2018 to bring together 500 such enterprise owners. By 2020, we would like the community to include at least 2000 young agriculture/ enterprise owners.
There are six key components to GAAAP:
Mr. Paul Mbugua is the CEO of Eclectics. Eclectics is an ICT company that has impemented ICT systems in over twnenty countries in East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa. Eclectics is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Claudius Kurtna is the Director of Agritech. Agritech hosts the Agriculture Exhibition and Conference. The conference focuses on three areas: a) facilitating agricultural markets and trade, b) improving agricultural productivity and, c) investing in public infrastructure for agricultural growth. Agritech is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Divine Ntiokam is the Founder of Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network. The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network aims to educate and train youth in the smallholder farming community, including people with disabilities, regarding various climate-smart agricultural techniques and technologies. Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network is based in Cameroon.
Mr. Ed Katende is Team Leader at Uganda Agribusiness Alliance. Uganda Agribusiness Alliance aims to help agribusinesses in Uganda thrive by identifying and coordination solutions to address crosscutting issues that affect agribusiness in the country. Uganda Agribuiness Alliance is based in Kampala, Uganda.
Mr. Grace Musimani is the CEO of Farmers Media Uganda. Farmers Media is an online news plarform published by the Farmers Eye International. Farmers Media is based in Kampala, Uganda.
Mr. Billy Lombe is the Founder and CEO of the Youth Environment Network (YEN). YEN aims to educate, engage and empower youths, women and children in activities that will improve their living standards and the natural environment. YEN is based in Zambia.
Mr. Tinashe Kapuya is the Head of International Trade and Investment at AgBiz. AgBiz is a membership based organization that advocates and facilitates a favorable business environment for all agribusinesses in South Africa. AgBiz is based in Pretoria, South Africa.
Mr. Leatile Mokgware is the Founder of Botswana Young Farmers. Botswana Young represents youth farmers from al over Botswana and ensures youth a voice in policy issues. Members of the association assist each other with various problems they face in their farming activities. Botswana Young Farmers is based in Gaborone, Botswana.
Mr. Mamadou Lamine Ba is Manager at APIX Investment Promotion Agency. APIX provides support for investors interested in doing business in Senegal and regularly publishes resources for investors and partners. APIX is based in Dakar, Senegal.
Ms. Evelyn Ohanwusi is the Head of Partnership, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization at IITA. IITA Youth Agripreneurs conduct agribusiness incubation, training and mentoring to benefit the involvement of youth in agribusiness for the benefit of the larger rural community through employment, out-grower opportunities and income generation. IITA Nigeria is based in Ibadan, Nigeria.