Fellowship Alumni

From Rwanda and Nigeria

Agripreneurship: What It Means for the Future of Africa

I show them that in agriculture you have an added value because it’s an unexplored sector, especially for young people. If they bring their creativity and energy, they are going to be more productive.”

Patrick Mugiraneza, 2017 Fellowship Alumnus, Rwanda

Where is the future of business in Africa? Back on the farm.

According to the United Nations, the number of people working in agriculture across Sub-Saharan Africa has fallen by five percent (5%) since 2005, even while the total labor force rises regionwide. Thousands of young people are leaving family farms to work in the industry or service sectors, convinced that these are the kinds of jobs that will lead to greater prosperity on the continent.

Growing up in Rwanda and Nigeria, respectively, Patrick Mugiraneza and Usman Ali Lawan, both 2017 Fellowship Alumni, know that there is more to agriculture than just farming. Rather, there are opportunities across the entire value chain, which can make a huge difference in African communities.

Learn more in this YALI Network blog post.

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