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Agribusiness 4 change international conference report

The Agribusiness 4 Change conference was organized from 7 to 8 May 2019 in Addis Ababa, followed by 4 concurrent field trips on 9th May 2019. 168 participants from 20 African countries, Germany and France included professionals from agribusiness, producer organizations, development and policymaker.

They tackled the topics to the right while emphasizing (i) scaling-up of proven agribusiness approaches and (ii) policies and investments promoting youth, entrepreneurship, employment and investments in agribusiness. The conference built on plenary sessions, panels, sketch, vision laboratories, pitches and the innovation market with 20 stands from participating programmes, companies and organizations.

During the keynote panel Agribusiness 4 Change, Mr. Y.O. Adeyeye, Director of Young professionals of Agricultural and Rural Development (YPARD) and Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director at the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union, exchanged on Visions, gaps and action needed with regard to youth in agriculture and agribusiness. The active role of youth and how to harness the energy of youth via participation in existing platforms and policies were the most discussed. 

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