Paving the way for young women engagement in agriculture

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The Young Africa Works 2017 was a convening of giants and experienced agricultural practitioners in Africa and its sub-regions. It was a formal affair where requests were made, research findings were shared, contacts exchanged and long lasting relationships were forged. I was selected as a youth delegate and the 3 -day interactive conference will go down in my memory lane as one of the most exceptional summits I ever attended. Read More

YAW 2017, My Wakeup Call

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Would you believe me if I told you that prior to attending The MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works Summit I never thought people could depend on agriculture and farming in general as a means of livelihood? Well, let me take through that journey. Read More

Pre-Summit Workshop Helps Youth Delegates Get the Most out of Young Africa Works

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At the Young Africa Works Summit 2017, The MasterCard Foundation collaborated with Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) to deliver a pre-, during, and post- Summit youth program for the 47 youth delegates who attended the Summit.

The MasterCard Foundation strongly believes that young people should be at centre of the conversation about youth employment and entrepreneurship. The Summit youth program was designed to equip youth delegates with the necessary skills, knowledge, and networks to effectively participate during Summit and in their professional lives afterwards. The program included pre-Summit webinars, an intensive one-day pre-Summit workshop, a Summit mentorship program, and a long-term mentorship program.

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Live on CNBC Africa: Setting the Stage for Agricultural Transformation

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Three of Africa’s leading experts in the agricultural sector, Dr. Segenet Kelemu, Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda and Dr. Wanjuru Kamau-Rutenberg join CNBC Africa anchor Nozipho Mbwanja for an engaging stage-setting discussion on agricultural transformation at the 2017 Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali.

CNBC Africa at Young Africa Works 2017

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The second MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali focused on how young people are transforming the agricultural sector. CNBC Africa anchor Nozipho Mbwanja explores this theme and others during interviews with sector experts, panelists and youth delegates.

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Invisible Lives: Five Takeaways from New Research

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Beatrice had a busy day. It’s tomato season, which means she had to wake up extra early to go to the garden to harvest some ripe tomatoes. On her way, she made sure to feed the poultry and check on the goats. It’s also market day in her village, so after feeding her children and sending them to school, Beatrice headed to the market to setup her corner stall and start selling her tomatoes. By early afternoon, Beatrice had already sold all of her tomatoes, so she decided to stop by the local grocery shop on her way home. George, the owner, told her he needed extra help next week and asked Beatrice to come work for a few days with him. It was a busy day, but a productive one. Beatrice was able to earn some income from her sales and secure next week’s income.

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Creating a Sustainable Replacement to Wood and Charcoal

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I was born in a small village in southern Rwanda, where the majority of inhabitants rely on subsistence farming for their daily living. Given its far distance from the national grid, the village has no access to electricity, and biomass is the main source of fuel. As I grew up facing these challenges firsthand, I developed a passion for having a direct role in improving my livelihood and the livelihoods of my fellow villagers.

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Reducing poverty and malnutrition: the CARL Group Story

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In 2014, a youth-led company, CARL Group, made up of four young entrepreneurs from Rwanda had an idea: to process orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) and turn them into baked goods. Hardworking, determined, passionate and business-minded, the company has added value by taking what was once considered a valueless crop and creating healthy, consumable vitamin A products.

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Boosting Soil Fertility Levels for Sustainable Yields

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My name is Prisca Egboluche and I am from Nigeria. I am a MasterCard Foundation graduate Scholar in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU), in the United States. I am also an Igbo language instructor in the Department of Linguistic and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at MSU. I am an avid researcher, a young entrepreneur, and a dedicated teacher with an open mind.

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