Thursday, March 22, 2018

GYIN Gambia 2nd Edition Rural Youth Award sets for April 2018


Preparations are in high gears for the much awaited 2nd Edition Rural Youth Award 2018 schedule on the 27th- 28th April, 2018 at The Gambia Songhai Initiative (GSI), Chamen, North Bank Region (NBR).

The Rural Youth Award was first held on the 29th April, 2017 in the Lower River Region (LRR) which gathered more than 200 delegates. The Rural Youth Award, since then, became an annual award organised by the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) - Gambia and partners to celebrate the success of young entrepreneurs in rural areas. This year’s award is expected to gather more than 300 delegates.  

 The theme for this year’s award is Linking Stakeholders in the Agricultural Value Chain from Fields to Mouths- “Increase Food Production, Processing, and Marketing to provide decent jobs for rural youths”

This year's award is logistically and financially supported by the Youth Empowerment Project (#YEP) Gambia, the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema-Chosso)- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) finance project in The Gambia and the National Youth Council (NYC)- The Gambia. 

Speaking to journalists at the launching of the National Organising Committee at GYIN Gambia secretariat, Ambassador Mamadou Edrisa Njie, executive director, GYIN Gambia, said the award is meant to recognize and celebrate the success of rural youth in entrepreneurship, tourism, agribusiness and information and communication technology in rural areas and to encourage rural youth entrepreneurs to venture into agribusiness (production, processing and marketing) of home grown products.


He added that the award will also recognise and showcase the efforts of successful rural youth thus support the award recipients and nominees with mentors (coaching and mentoring); and encourage rural youth savings (book keeping, financial planning and applying for grants and loan schemes) to expand their businesses.

GYIN Gambia, according to Njie, is a network that specialises on rural development and focuses on entrepreneurship, agribusiness, coaching and mentoring, ICT and community outreach programmes improving the livelihood of rural young people.


"Rural transformation is an effective way to overcome poverty, food security and job opportunities through the value chain”, said Ambassador Njie.
The First Ever Rural Youth Award 2017 was supported by the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema) and the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) The Gambia.


According to Njie, the award winners of the 2017award, has today expanded  their business, registered their businesses and they have successfully completed a three (3) months Youth Mentorship Programme on Enterprise Management from the 2nd October to 30thDecember, 2017 funded by the YEP Gambia, a four –year initiative supported by the European Union (EU) through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Afrcia and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC).


At GYIN Gambia, “we believed that connecting rural young innovators with mentors; is key and it Increase agricultural production and productivity, access markets and market information services,” stated Ambassador Njie.

He finally thanked Nema Project and YEP Gambia for funding the First Ever Rural Youth Award and called on them and other partners to support this year’s award saying that the award is here to upkeep Gambian youth specifically those in the rural areas.
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The 2nd Edition Rural Youth Award 2018 Categories:
1-    Young Entrepreneur of the Year
2-    Young Business Idea of the Year
3-    Young Emerging Business of the Year
4-    Young Commercial Farmer of the Year
5-    Young Agribusiness of the Year
6-    Young Agro-Tech of the Year
7-    Young Business Innovation of the Year
8-    Young Business Partner of the Year
9-    Young Service Provider of the Year
10- Best Packing Products and Labelling of the Year

The 2nd Edition Rural Youth Award 2018 Aims & Objectives:
1-    To encourage rural youth entrepreneurs to venture into agribusiness (production, processing and marketing);
2-    To recognise and showcase the efforts of successful rural youth;
3-    Support the award recipients and nominees with mentors (coaching and mentoring); and
4-    Train and encourage rural youth savings (book keeping, financial planning and applying for grants and loan schemes etc...)

The 2nd Edition Rural Youth Award 2018 Outcomes:
1-      Establish rural business enterprises;
2-      Connect rural young innovators with mentors; and
3-      Increase agricultural production and productivity, access to markets and market information services.

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