THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY, 2019 GNAT HALL, NUNGUA ESTATE
Being in its second year, The Agric students career and mentorship dialogue presents an opportunity to gain good knowledge and experience the worth of Agriculture in a more dynamic, exciting, engaging, competitive and fruitful environment.
AG-STUD Africa is a platform designed by Agrihouse Foundation to support in leading the charge for youth agric reawakening. Aside creating an avenue for agric students’ socialization, the event is an excellent avenue through which the agenda bordering on the importance of active youth participation in agric is set.
The program seeks to develop youth and students leadership, discuss the challenges and opportunities in the corporate world of agribusiness, the value chain system, farm management skills for beginning farmers or agriculturist and additionally encourage them to apply those abilities in their organizations.
The maiden edition of this program was held last year at the M-Plaza Hotel under the theme “Growing Futures”. The event was well attended by about 300 representatives from various Agricultural Colleges in Ghana, selected tertiary institutions and some second cycle institutions in the Country, including Landmark University in Nigeria.
It was a three (3) day boot camp with the emphasis on mentorship, training, educational field tours and business pitching session with the view of equipping the Agric students to take advantage of the various opportunities the agricultural ecosystem presents. On the final day of the event, students had the opportunity to be hosted by the former president, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings at a “Presidential student’s dinner and awards night”.
This year’s boot camp, themed “Growing Futures, Enabling the Agri-Youth”, seeks to support and enable the beginner agriprinuers walk through the process of understanding, appreciating, Initiating, innovating, preparing to lead and or seeking guidance in establishing a sustainable and profitable Agribusiness.
The program employs agric conversations, mentorship sessions, educational training sessions, business tools and ideas presentations, field demonstrations and professional speakers in a structured setting that includes on-site experiences and tours of companies and farms.
The maiden edition of AG-STUD Africa, extremely motivated students and helped students to gain practical and better understanding to starting agribusiness, it provided job and internship opportunities for some students and the mentors were highly impressed. This has kept all of the participants in anticipation for the second edition.
AG-STUD Africa 2019, seeks to leverage on the successes achieved from the maiden boot camp and close the gap identified in funding the Agribusiness ideas to be presented by the participating students through a pitching challenge.
To achieve the above stated objective, Industry players in the Agricultural ecosystem in Ghana, have been invited to play active roles in this year’s boot camp. These industry players will focus on bridging the gap between Academics and Industry. In doing this, it is expected that, they would take up the initiative of funding some of the outstanding business plan ideas that will be pitched by the Students.
Notable persons to engage students through this year’s event include,
– Danquah Addo Yobo (YARA)
– Davies Narh Korboe
– Nana Oboadie
– Sheila Assibey Yeboah (Hortifresh)
– Charles Atia (Dream Consult)
|Ekow Mensah (I-Concept)
Sylvia Nyante (ADB) head of agribusiness finance
Frederick Odame Phillips (KOSMOS) programs manager
|Nanga Kaye (WFP)
|Williams Kottey (RMG)
Also in this year’s edition, participants would enjoy the opportunity to be hosted at a “presidential student’s dinner and awards night” hosted by the former President of the republic of Ghana H.E. John Agyekum Kuffour to climax the event.
It is again expected that, this boot camp will provide students the opportunity to pick up internship and job opportunities from Industry players and even attract investors to promote agribusiness startups.
AGSTUD AFRICA 2019 promises to be more exciting, engaging and help students to understand, initiate and prepare to be led through guidance in establishing a sustainable and profitable Agribusiness.
Agrihouse Foundation therefore invites you on Thursday 21st of February to Saturday 23rd of February 2019, at the GNAT Hall (Nungua Estate), to join us in leading the charge for youth agric reawakening.