Zimbabwe Farmers' Union

Zimbabwe Youth Agripreneurship Summit 2017

Zimbabwe Youth ‘Agripreneurship’ Summit 2017 (ZYAS2017)

 Theme: “Inspired to Lead and Transform”

 Background

The Zimbabwe Youth “Agriprenuership” Summit (ZYAS) organized by the Zimbabwe Farmers Union since 2013, is an annual event meant to motivate and inspire young people engaged in agriculture and its related value chains, to confidently occupy the agri-business space. ZYAS also seeks to develop positive attitudes, leadership skills and other relevant capacities among young people involved or intending to take up space in the agricultural industry. The ZYAS 2017 edition will run under the theme: “INSPIRED TO LEAD AND TRANSFORM!”

The Union is of the view that the future of agriculture lies in the hands of the youths and therefore there is urgent need to unleash their potential and energy in that direction. During the course of 2017 the Union organized Provincial “Agritalks” in which the Youths aired their views and interacted with experts in the field of agriculture and related industries. During the “Agritalks”, the issues that emerged included, among others, recurring leadership failure (both at the individual, farm, business and association levels), limited access to markets and poor adoption of advanced technologies. In responding to these emerging issues, ZYAS 2017 will bring together 300 young leaders from all the corners of Zimbabwe. The Summit this year will make deliberate attempts to unpack some of the leadership topics without which it will be next to impossible for young people to dare to lead and take full ownership of the courses that take them to their destinies. The leadership challenge, up till now remains the difference between change and maintaining the status quo. The nationwide engagements through “Agritalks” inspired ZYAS2017’s theme.

 

Summit Main Objectives

  •  To challenge young people in agriculture and agribusiness to dare to lead
  •  To instill the necessary confidence to deal with challenges in the agricultural sector
  •  To explore beneficial networks that will deliver/yield otherwise hidden opportunities
  •  To develop a roadmap for sustainable development amongst young farmers

Expected Outcomes

ZYAS2017 will bring together a pool of highly energised young leaders ready to steer the farming industry towards a smart, sustainable and inclusive future, leveraging on mutually beneficial relationships with key value chain players. Through a market fair, networking with experts and technological innovation, entrepreneurial potentials of young farmers will be enhanced.

Focus Areas:

  1. Market linkages
  2. Leadership Development
  3. Show casing evidence based good farming practices
  4. Modern technologies in farming

Prominent agribusiness leaders, researchers, academia, key industry players and, more importantly, young people will convene to explore and deliberate on the requisite leadership skills and networks to grow and sustain businesses in the field of agriculture.

Event Summary

The Summit will start with a Market Fair in which young farmers and service providers will exhibit their products to facilitate market linkages. A one-day leadership coaching session, which will be aimed at developing leadership skills among the delegates, will follow this. Relevant technology will be demonstrated. Selected electronic young farmer profiles will be shared intermittently during the Summit. This will be complimented by live testimonials.

Expected Participants

 Young Farmers in Zimbabwe

 Must be aged 18-35 at the time of the Youth “Agripreneurship” Summit

 Be actively engaged in agriculture or have a passion for agriculture/agribusiness

 Have an interest to make a difference and be actively engaged in their communities by representing and advocating for the interests of young farmers/agripreneurs

 Be prepared to draft an action plan to support other young people in agriculture in their respective districts and/or communities

 Readiness to cover transport costs to and from the venue

NB Agriculture value chain players and experts are invited to participate and support the event.

Registration

Delegates and Market Fair Exhibitors are encouraged to register through our Provincial Offices as well as Head Office.