WEBINAR: Youth entrepreneurship in farm value chains and rural development

7 October 2020. Opening new business doors for ag transformation: Youth entrepreneurship in farm value chains and rural development Co-Organized by IFPRI and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) 

As entrepreneurs, young people can play a major role in the transformation of agriculture. In developing countries, too few of them currently get the chance. But numerous governments are now creating entrepreneurial agribusiness opportunities through new programs and policies. The private sector, investors and non-profit organizations are also closely involved. Big questions remain to be answered, however. How can the necessary business environment best be strengthened? How can multi-stakeholder initiatives most benefit young people? What is required for sustainable success? This webinar will look at key issues. We’ll be pointing to opportunities, but also examining the constraints and challenges to agri-enterprises in developing countries. 
Presenters highlighted key drivers and discuss how governments, non-profits and companies can best strengthen youth entrepreneurship in the agricultural value chain. And as one starting point, the findings of a recent study in Nigeria were presented. 

  • Opening Remarks Simon Winter, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) 
  • Suresh Babu, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI 
  • Olubunmi Aderinsola Agbato, Chief Executive Officer, Bspice Products and Services Limited, Nigeria -Mohammad Reza Ahmed Khan, Senior Agricultural Marketing Officer, Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM), Bangladesh 
  • Rajendra Jog, CEO, Agri Entrepreneur Growth Foundation (AEGF), India -Patrice Mirindi, Entrepreneur Support Associate, Anzisha Prize 
  • Yuan Zhou, Head of Agricultural Policy and China Program, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainble Agriculture (SFSA) Moderator -Nandita Srivastava, Research Analyst, IFPRI

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