Two Rwandan youths selected for regional incubation programme

A Rwanda female entrepreneur in the agriculture sector, Lilian Uwintwali and Edmond Murindahabi have been selected for the regional incubation programme.

The programme dubbed Youth for Agribusiness that saw other four young entrepreneurs in the East African region nominated is aimed at empowering small land Medium enterprises and Starts – ups in Agriculture sector.

“Our main goal is to offer our young innovators an opportunity to scale up agribusiness activities through training initiatives with a view of stimulating enterprises that are investible, sustainable and  competitive,” said James Shikwati, a director at Inter Region Economic Network (IREN).

Uwintwali who owns M-AHWIII Ltd Rwanda together with Murindahabi Edmond of PEBEC Ltd Rwanda wil benefit from seed capital mentorship that will enable them increase their competitiveness in the region.

To ensure sustainable food security, there is a need to change the mind-set of the youth, who constitute the majority of the population, taking into consideration the fact that the current farming population is ageing.

To ensure sustainable food security, there is a need to change the mind-set of the youth, who constitute the majority of the population, taking into consideration the fact that the current farming population is ageing.

“The key objective of the Agribusiness Innovation and Trade Fair is to create an ecosystem of trade, financing and capability support for the 30 start-ups and SMEs,” he said in a statement on Monday.

Others who were also selected for the incubation  include; Noah Ssempija of YICE Uganda, Mercy Kitomari of Nelwa’s Gelato Tanzani Abrhame  Endrias of Green Agro  Mechanization Ethiopia, Anzazi Kiti of Taste Afrique Ltd Kenya.

Experts  believe that there is need to  support  young  entrepreneurs  mainly in the agriculture  sector which  is still struggling with innovation and investments  compared  to other sector yet  it employ large percentage of the population.

“There is need to empower the African youth through mentorship and also capital to enable them to be self-employed,” said Nelly Ngunguru, a sector analyst at the East Africa Trade Investment Hub.

The SMEs and Startups selected deal in in processing, finance, software and apps development, agro-mechanization, and packaging and export services in the agriculture which remains the largest sector in the region.

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