The African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) is an annual event of the African Development Bank’s Enable Youth Program. It attracts over 200 participants from across the continent including youth agripreneurs, agribusiness companies, investors, environmentalists, academia, development partners and government agencies.
The 3rd African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) Conference and AgriPitch Competition will be held under the theme: “Climate Smart Agriculture: Business and Employment Opportunities for Africa’s Youth”.
The AYAF will be held in partnership with Western Cape Government. It includes a three-day boot camp (24th – 26th June) where some pre-selected agripreneurs receive training on business models, marketing, the innovation development process, business financing, etc. by coaches and mentors. The agripreneurs finally pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and impact investors. The event also includes a two-day Conference (27th – 28th June) which provides a platform for the youth agripreneurs and key stakeholders to discuss topical/thematic issues affecting youth employment with experts, business leaders, investors and policy makers. The event will also include a number of Master Classes to equip the agripreneurs with concrete agribusiness skills.