Agribusiness TV celebrates youth everyday. Through our videos, we feature young agricultural entrepreneurs from Africa, with the aim of making agriculture more attractive to youth and inspire them to get into the sector. Today, as we are celebrating the International Youth Day, we bring forward the inspiring paths and stories of five young entrepreneurs along the agricultural value chain.
The theme of this year’s International Youth Day focuses on the role of youth in Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production. We believe that it is actions that are being taken today on the ground that will make a difference tomorrow in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And to make that a reality, young people have a crucial role to play.
In the past months, we have been documenting the experiences of young entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector from farm to fork. Here’s what they had to say about their entrepreneurial journey, and how they are working towards achieving food security, eradicating poverty and creating employment opportunities for themselves and for others.
There is no perfect timing, start somewhere
Alain AYENAN, 38 years, is an accountant in a big company in Benin since 2001. In 2014, he decides to leave all and venture into agriculture.
According to Alain, there is no perfect timing to start a business. You just have to get started and gradually scale up.
If a work is well-done, people will discover you by themselves
Caroline HIEN, 25 years, did not know how to read or write. But this did not stop her from creating her own enterprise and succeed in her business of making local fruit jams in Cote d’Ivoire.
Caroline believes that if a work is well done, people will discover you by themselves. And that the key ingredient to be successful is to always be open to new ideas.
Move from subsistence to smart farming
At Makognadougou, 300 km from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Marcel OUEDRAOGO, a farmer, puts his competencies at the disposal of farmers through his various services.
“Agriculture for our parents was more for subsistence. But now we have to move beyond this. We have to feed ourselves and feed others as well. It’s not everyone who is called a farmer”, says Marcel.
Entrepreneurship is firstly about solving an observed problem
Jean Delmas EHUI, 35 years, is an ICT for development specialist from Cote d’Ivoire, who ambitions to put ICTs at the service of agriculture through his various activities.
The message of Jean Delmas to young entrepreneurs is to be patient. For him, entrepreneurship is firstly to solve a problem that we have noticed. Then money, success and glory will come with the work, especially a lot of work.
Re-invest what we get for long-term gains
Kahitouo HIEN, 31 years, is engineer in agro-chemistry from Burkina Faso. He works on the development of nutritional solutions with shea caterpillers through his enterprise FASOPRO.
“All that I get from FASOPRO, I invest them right away because there are still many things to do and we should not wait for someone to come and give you. Learn to re-invest what we get, it’s important”, says Kahitouo.
Let’s act today to make a difference tomorrow. Happy International Youth Day!
Photo credit: Omar Ouédraogo