Donors launch competitions to promote youth-led farming businesses in Africa


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The second edition of Pitch AgriHack 2022 was launched Monday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to spur growth of youth led agriculture enterprises in Africa through provision of funding, mentorship and peer learning.

Supported by African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), Heifer International and Generation Africa, the competition seeks to identify innovations that the continent’s youth can leverage to transform food systems.

Agnes Kalibata, the President of Nairobi-based Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, stressed the need to incentivize the youth to come up with innovations that can reimagine small-holder agriculture in the continent.

Kalibata noted that Africa’s youth are in a vantage position to end the endemic challenges facing the continent’s farming systems thanks to their ingenuity and entrepreneur spirit.

“There is hope that the youth of Africa will throw out the legacy problems created in the food system over the last 100 years and come up with tech-enabled, nature positive solutions that fast-track Africa’s food production capacity to create jobs and make the continent self-sufficient,” Kalibata remarked in a joint statement issued in Nairobi.

African youthful innovators aged 18-40 are eligible to participate in the Pitch AgriHack contest that runs from June 20 to July 29, while three winners and three runners up will receive cash grants to grow their agri-based start-ups.

The six winners in three open categories including early stage, mature or growth stage and woman-led ventures will be entitled to cash prizes worth 45,000 U.S. dollars, according to the organizations.

The top 12 finalists at Pitch AgriHack 2022 will face off during a pitching contest at the African Green Revolution Forum slated for September.

The finalists will participate in the AGRF Agribusiness Deal Room where over 800 companies, 15 government delegations and 150 public and private sectors will convene to generate new opportunities in the agriculture sector.

Dickson Naftali, the Head of Generation Africa said that the hackathon aims to motivate the youth to harness new generation technologies and transform agricultural value chains in the continent.

Pitch AgriHack is about promoting digital jobs and smart technologies that appeal to the youth.

This competition calls on the innovative minds of Africa to empower themselves and their communities by harnessing and developing ground-breaking technologies in the agrifood sector. Enditem

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