ANAFE exhibition booth steals the show at the CCARDESA Youth Summit

anafebooth_ccardesaYSANAFE’s exhibition booth was the main attraction at the CCARDESA Youth Summit currently taking place in Durban, South Africa.

Participants were mainly attracted by ANAFE’s newly developed Agribusiness curricula, which encompasses all tertiary education levels – Certificate, Diploma, Masters and PhD.

Within minutes of display, all the hard copies of the curricula had been picked by the participants; those who did not manage to get a copy were relieved to know that they could download the same from ANAFE’s website, free of charge.

Participants – mainly the youth – thronged ANAFE’s booth seeking to know how they can benefit from the programmes offered by ANAFE.

The youth summit focuses on involving the youth in Agribusiness to transform and improve the agricultural sector in Southern Africa. The objectives  coincides neatly with one of ANAFE’s core values of ensuring that young women and men are aware of and actively engage in  the diverse, rewarding and valuable careers available in the agricultural sector and other sector.

While making a presentation during the Summit, ANAFE’s Southern Africa RAFT Chair, Prof Stanley Makuza said the youth form an important constituency in ANAFE’s programs.

“One of our core values is to empower the youth and women where we aim to  significantly increase the participation of women and youth in agricultural education, training and research as students, lecturers, researchers, managers, entrepreneurs and leaders” he said.

Under its twin programmes of Strengthening Africa’s Strategic Agricultural Capacity for Impact on Development (SASACID) and Universities Business and Research in Agricultural innovation (UNBRAIN), ANAFE has supported the youth to harness their exponential potential in Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural resources. Some of the key achievements in these areas include:

  • Over 130 students from different PIs have benefited from research grants to undertake research at different degree levels.
  • Young lecturers from over 75% of the PIs have been trained in innovative teaching methods and are applying the skills in their teaching.
  • At least 47% of the Pilot Institutions (PIs) have established platforms liking them to farmer organizations, women entrepreneurs and other private sector groups.
  • Students in different universities and colleges have benefited from these facilitated and were posted to various private sector firms to gains practical skills related to their areas of study.
  • Supported development of two curricula on agribusiness and risk management