African Youth takes on Agribusiness! Paving the way for Youth Leadership

President Barack Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur innovation, growth and prosperity, key to democratic governance strengthening, peace and security ambassadors across Africa: The Young African Leaders Initiative (#YALI) remains a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders: its Youth. Nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

In an area of joint resource mobilization, the #Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African #Leaders brought in hundreds of dynamic young African leaders, ages 25-35, from across the continent to the United States for 6 weeks of leadership training and mentoring at twenty U.S. #universities and colleges in three areas: business and #entrepreneurship, #civic engagement and public #administration.

Time is of essence as far as African inclusive growth. And it’s at the Ridge Opera Hall of the Alisa Hotel in Accra that the Networking dinner took place this May 19th with a parterre of the YALI’ fellows, of the leaders of African’ Agriculture. Abdoulaye Toure took the floor on several occasions highlighting the #readiness of the African Agricultural Research and Development infrastructure to welcome its talented youth considering a career in farming value chain and cross-cutting areas…