NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s ministry of education in
partnership with a private university and a
multinational company on Tuesday launched a training
program targeting mid-level professionals working in the
agriculture sector across Sub-Saharan Africa.
officials said the two year program seeks to strengthen
the capacity of Africa’s young professionals to
revolutionize agriculture value chains grappling with
skills gap and low technology uptake.
“We need to
empower African youth with knowledge, capital,
technology and innovations to enhance their contribution
to revamping agriculture value chains such as storage,
marketing, value addition and processing,” said Zainab
Hussein, the Principal Secretary in the State Department
of Post training and skills development.
mid-career professionals drawn from Sub-Saharan African
countries will benefit from the two year agribusiness
training program supported by AGCO Corporation, a United
States-based manufacturer of farm equipment.
will be conducted by Nairobi based private university,
Strathmore Business School and seeks to harness the
skills and entrepreneur spirit of African youth to
propel the continent’s agriculture transformation.
noted that strategic deployment of youth across key
agriculture value chains is key to achieve food security
and economic growth in Africa.
continent requires skilled and youthful workforce to
modernize our food production systems. We need trained
agronomists, farm managers and marketers to ensure our
agriculture sector is commercially viable,” said
Osman, AGCO Vice President and General Manager for
Africa said that skilled mid-level managers are key to
re-invent farming in a continent grappling with hunger,
malnutrition and abject poverty among smallholder
the beneficiaries of the training program to contribute
their expertise in critical agriculture value chains
like processing, storage and marketing,” Osman said.
that 1 million U.S. dollars will be spent during the
initial phase of the Pan African agribusiness training
program to cater for tuition fees, content development
and a modest stipend for students.
institutions of higher learning are keen to be part of
agricultural transformation in Africa through research,
training and deployment of innovations at the
Njenga, the Dean of Strathmore Business School, said
that a critical pool of trained youth is key to boost
the competitiveness of Africa’s agriculture sector in
light of rapid urbanization and growing demand for food.
training the youth, we require policy reforms to ensure
this demographic has access to land, capital and
equipment in order to participate fully in
agribusiness,” Njenga said.