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AICC through Legume Platform attended Youth employment in Agriculture

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AICC attended the Youth in Agriculture and Employment conference in Kigali Rwanda. Themed “Youth Employment in Agriculture as a solid Solution to ending Hunger and poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship”.  The event was jointly organized by FAO and African Union and the Government of Rwanda.The main outcome of the conference was a framework document and road map to boost youth engagement and interest in agriculture as a solid foundation towards eradicating poverty through decent youth employment as an in agriculture as a solid foundation towards eradicating poverty through decent youth employment as an integral part of the agenda of wealth creation and shared prosperity in Africa, consistent with AU agenda 2063 and SDGs.

The conference aimed to foster exchange among stakeholder on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship ICT Innovations, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward. Stakeholders discussed the relative importance of youth centered entrepreneurship and innovations in agriculture and agribusiness along the major themes: youth and entrepreneurship, digital solutions to overcome agriculture value chain related constraints and future for agriculture work.

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The legumes subsector has several players who work independently. This has increased duplication of efforts leading to inefficiencies in implementation of activities. It is against this background that the LDT organized a legumes coordination round table meeting. The meeting which was held at Ufulu gardens on 27th August 2018 drew legumes value chain coordination bodies to apprise each other on who is doing what, consolidate  synergize collective efforts and deliberate on pertinent issues affecting the subsector.

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AICC has engaged three interns to help various platforms from this month. Interns are drawn from University of Malawi (UNIMA), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource (LUANAR) and Malawi Assemblies of God University (MAGU). Godfrey Pumbwa is a holder of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from University of Malawi Chancellor College and a professional Diploma in Business Management from Association of Business Executives (ABE), United Kingdom. He was also trained by the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in Responsible Leadership on Transparency and Good Governance. He has worked with other institution before joining AICC as intern. While Chinsinsi Chilimtsidya is a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Malawi Assemblies of God University. He has worked with AICC before on varuous assiggments especially under M & E and cotton platform. Thokozani Mpomba holds Bachelor’s degree holder in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource (LUANAR), Bunda Campus. Before joining AICC as an intern, he has worked with private and public institutions including Monkey-bay fisheries research unit. He is passionate in extension services and capacity building of the local communities.



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