Thursday, March 22, 2018
Preparations are in high gears for the much awaited 2nd Edition Rural Youth Award 2018 schedule on the 27th- 28th April, 2018 at The Gambia Songhai Initiative (GSI), Chamen, North Bank Region (NBR).
The Rural Youth Award was first held on the 29th April, 2017 in the Lower River Region (LRR) which gathered more than 200 delegates. The Rural Youth Award, since then, became an annual award organised by the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) - Gambia and partners to celebrate the success of young entrepreneurs in rural areas. This year’s award is expected to gather more than 300 delegates.
The theme for this year’s award is Linking Stakeholders in the Agricultural Value Chain from Fields to Mouths- “Increase Food Production, Processing, and Marketing to provide decent jobs for rural youths”
This year's award is logistically and financially supported by the Youth Empowerment Project (#YEP) Gambia, the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema-Chosso)- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) finance project in The Gambia and the National Youth Council (NYC)- The Gambia.
Speaking to journalists at the launching of the National Organising Committee at GYIN Gambia secretariat, Ambassador Mamadou Edrisa Njie, executive director, GYIN Gambia, said the award is meant to recognize and celebrate the success of rural youth in entrepreneurship, tourism, agribusiness and information and communication technology in rural areas and to encourage rural youth entrepreneurs to venture into agribusiness (production, processing and marketing) of home grown products.
He added that the award will also recognise and showcase the efforts of successful rural youth thus support the award recipients and nominees with mentors (coaching and mentoring); and encourage rural youth savings (book keeping, financial planning and applying for grants and loan schemes) to expand their businesses.
GYIN Gambia, according to Njie, is a network that specialises on rural development and focuses on entrepreneurship, agribusiness, coaching and mentoring, ICT and community outreach programmes improving the livelihood of rural young people.
"Rural transformation is an effective way to overcome poverty, food security and job opportunities through the value chain”, said Ambassador Njie.
The First Ever Rural Youth Award 2017 was supported by the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema) and the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) The Gambia.
According to Njie, the award winners of the 2017award, has today expanded their business, registered their businesses and they have successfully completed a three (3) months Youth Mentorship Programme on Enterprise Management from the 2nd October to 30thDecember, 2017 funded by the YEP Gambia, a four –year initiative supported by the European Union (EU) through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Afrcia and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC).
At GYIN Gambia, “we believed that connecting rural young innovators with mentors; is key and it Increase agricultural production and productivity, access markets and market information services,” stated Ambassador Njie.
He finally thanked Nema Project and YEP Gambia for funding the First Ever Rural Youth Award and called on them and other partners to support this year’s award saying that the award is here to upkeep Gambian youth specifically those in the rural areas.
The 2nd Edition Rural Youth Award 2018 Categories:
1- Young Entrepreneur of the Year
2- Young Business Idea of the Year
3- Young Emerging Business of the Year
4- Young Commercial Farmer of the Year
5- Young Agribusiness of the Year
6- Young Agro-Tech of the Year
7- Young Business Innovation of the Year
8- Young Business Partner of the Year
9- Young Service Provider of the Year
10- Best Packing Products and Labelling of the Year
The 2nd Edition Rural Youth Award 2018 Aims & Objectives:
1- To encourage rural youth entrepreneurs to venture into agribusiness (production, processing and marketing);
2- To recognise and showcase the efforts of successful rural youth;
3- Support the award recipients and nominees with mentors (coaching and mentoring); and
4- Train and encourage rural youth savings (book keeping, financial planning and applying for grants and loan schemes etc...)
The 2nd Edition Rural Youth Award 2018 Outcomes:
1- Establish rural business enterprises;
2- Connect rural young innovators with mentors; and
3- Increase agricultural production and productivity, access to markets and market information services.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Information and communications technologies are essential to the empowerment and success of poor rural women
UN agencies in Rome to mark International Women’s Day
Rome, 7 March 2018 – The role of information communications technologies in supporting rural women's economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women’s Day.
IFAD, together with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), will highlight the role that innovations in information and communications technologies (ICTs) can play in expanding rural women's opportunities in value chains and enterprise development, while increasing their access to education and information.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Nigeria: GE, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Announce Partnership to Empower Corp Members with Entrepreneurial Skills
The overall goal is to improve on and increase the capacity of the youth in building Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
LAGOS, Nigeria, February 26, 2018/ -- GE (NYSE: GE) (www.GE.com), the world’s premier Digital Industrial Company has announced a partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) (www.NYSC.gov.ng) to empower Youth Corps members with valuable entrepreneurial skills in line with its commitment to skills development in Nigeria.
Known as the Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) training programme, the initiative which is based on the curriculum of the International Labour Organization (ILO), will see thousands of youth corps members receive critical entrepreneurial training. The overall goal is to improve on and increase the capacity of the youth in building Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that can operate effectively and be sustainable long-term. It has been recognized that even at the best of times, employers of labor in the economy will not have the capacity to absorb all the entrants. This has led to a need to promote the development of small and medium scale enterprises, to create self- employment opportunities and expand the scope for job creation, as research findings indicate clearly that 60-70% of new jobs are created by the SME sector.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Agricultural investment can have big impact on the lives of women and girls in developing countries, says IFAD President
|Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)|
Houngbo is making his first official visit to Canada’s capital since being appointed President of IFAD, a United Nations specialized agency and international financial institution that focuses on agricultural and rural development in some of the poorest and most remote regions of the world.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
BANJUL – 14 November 2017. The Startup Incubator Gambia in collaboration with International Trade Centre’s Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), and Gambia’s main entrepreneurship development partners including the Young Entrepreneurs Association, The National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI), the Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC), Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia Chapter), GIEPA and EMPRETEC are commemorating global entrepreneurship week with series of exciting and educative activities.
During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia) under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) singed with the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) from the 29th to 30th November, 2017, held its monthly workshop whereby mentees and mentors shared their experiences.
The workshop was held at the Rural Development Institute (RDI) in the Lower River Region (LRR) which brought together 25 mentees and 5 mentors.
The aim of the mentorship programme is to boost Gambian rural entrepreneurship and agribusiness. The programme supports young people in their efforts to establish sustainable investments in order to become self-reliant. It is anchored on coaching and career counselling rather than the single method of structured trainings. The mentoring programme is a part of a larger entrepreneurship development programme that includes recognition of young entrepreneurs through yearly Rural Youth Awards and specific training camps for upskilling young and aspiring entrepreneurs.