Young Africa Works Summit 2017 (#YAW2017) in the News

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  1. On-site at YAW, CNBC Africa conducted interviews with numerous speakers and youth delegates.

  2. CNBC Africa | Curbing youth unemployment in agriculture

    CNBC Africa spoke to the Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union, Tumusiime Rhoda Peace to find out which policies are working on the continent that are enabling youth participation in agriculture?"
  3. Empowering participation of Africa's youth in agriculture
  4. CNBC Africa | Young Africa Works Summit 2017's goals and objectives

    "The MasterCard Foundation recently hosted its second annual Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. Peter Materu, Director for Education, Learning and Youth for the MasterCard Foundation gave us some background behind the event and what the Foundation is hoping to achieve from hosting the Summit."
  5. Young Africa Works Summit 2017's goals and objectives
  6. CNBC Africa | Africa urged to mentor youth for agricultural transformation

    "One of the key themes that came out of the Young Africa Works Summit is the need to create policies that are conducive to young people as to actively participate in leading agricultural transformation. Lindiwe Sibanda Majele, from the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network joins CNBC Africa for more."
  7. Africa urged to mentor youth for agricultural transformation
  8. CNBC Africa | Farm Drive's Rita Kimani on innovative ways to fund farmers

    "The Young Africa Works Summit is celebrating young entrepreneurs in the agricultural space. One of these entrepreneurs is Rita Kimani Co-Founder of Farm Drive, an enterprise committed to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa, by using new data-driven technology to increase the availability of capital."
  9. Farm Drive's Rita Kimani on innovative ways to fund farmers
  10. CNBC Africa | The role of women in agricultural transformation

    "African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is program that equips women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills. To date, three hundred and twenty five scientists have benefitted from the program and are better equipped and empowered to develop agricultural innovations contributing to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers. The Director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development, Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg says inclusion is key to agricultural transformation."
  11. The role of women in agricultural transformation
  12. CNBC Africa | Africa Rabbit Centre Founder Laetitia Mukungu speaks on women empowerment

    The Africa Rabbit Centre was started in 2009 by Laetitia Mukungu, then only fourteen years old. Motivated by her own personal struggle and the plight of women in her community, Laetitia decided to take a step and make a difference. Her aim was to promote women empowerment and education of the under-privileged children in her community. CNBC Africa caught up with her at the Young Africa Summit."
  13. CNBC Africa | UjuziKilimo Founder Brian Bosire on agricultural entrepreneurship in Kenya

    "The Young Africa Works Summit is celebrating young entrepreneurs in the agricultural space; CNBC Africa spoke to one of the founders of UjuziKilimo. Brian Bosire, Founder of UjuziKilimo, an agricultural technology company that brings affordable precision farming to smallholder farmers in Kenya, enabling them to produce more from their farm, curbing hunger and food insecurity."
  14. CNBC Africa | One Acre Fund's Andrew Youn on financing small scale farmers

    "An organization that is going where no banks want to go, loans to small scale farmers. One Acre Fund is a non-profit organization that supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services to reduce hunger and poverty. One Acre Fund Founder, Andrew Youn spoke to CNBC Africa about the business model."
  15. Media Coverage of the Summit

  16. Eagle Online (Uganda) | 300 youth ‘Agripreneurs’ for Kigali MasterCard Foundation

    “Agricultural transformation is a clarion call for us, the youth of Africa,” says Pilirani Khoza, Founder of Bunda Female Students Organisation at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources."
  17. Spore (UK) | Youth – the driving force for agriculture in Africa

    Pilirani Khoza, one of the young agripreneurs who will be speaking at the Summit, writes that agricultural transformation is a clarion call for Africa’s youth, and that youth are technological doers and thinkers. Pilirani is quite right – youth are driving change, spearheading the modernization and transformation of Africa’s agricultural sector. Some of those speaking at the Summit have already started their own ventures, including connecting farmers with new agricultural techniques via model farms in Tanzania; improving access to quality markets for smallholder coffee producers in Rwanda; and developing alternative credit scoring for smallholder farmers who would otherwise be left out of the formal banking and loans systems in Burundi."
  18. Change Your Game (SABC) | Youth Agripreneur Jean Bosco Nzeyimana on African youth's approach to agriculture

    "More than 300 global and African thought leaders and youth agripreneurs will come together for The MasterCard Foundation’s second Young Africa Works Summit on February the 16th to the 17th in Kigali, Rwanda. We speak to Jean Bosco Nzeyimana the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Habona Ltd., a company that produces affordable and environmentally friendly biofuels from waste based in Rwanda."