YOUTH INNOVATORS: HUNGER FIGHTERS

YOUTH INNOVATORS: HUNGER FIGHTERS

NEXT GENERATION OF AFRICAN HUNGER FIGHTERS SPEAKERS SERIES

The Next Generation of African Hunger Fighter Speaker Series was created to learn how young women and men especially in rural areas are increasingly transforming themselves as by unleashing their potentialities in diverse ways to feed their communities. The Speaker Series, which was launched in September 2013, brings voices of African youth, practitioners, policy makers and experts in agribusiness together to create an enabling environment under which young people can be nurtured, equipped, raised and supported to fight hunger on and facilitate exchange of experience, learning and networking for young entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers.  It is hosted bi-monthly to create an environment that is conducive for the sharing of skill, knowledge, and experiences. The panelists’ consist of advocates from governments, corporations, non-profit organizations, international development agencies, humanitarian relief agencies and policy makers with extensive knowledge and experience on how to effectively fight hunger and provide long-term food security through youth entrepreneurship, agribusiness, employment, and innovation.

FACT SHEET

The speaker series aims to identify and educate young entrepreneurs from different backgrounds and countries to become hunger fighters and establish a truly global network of young farmers, agribusiness entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators.  It will also actively support young entrepreneurs in the implementation of projects aimed at developing their local communities through self-sustaining socio-economic and cultural opportunities based on practical success stories that can guarantee a decent life for the next generation.

PURPOSE

The Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) initiated the Next Generation of African Hunger Fighters Speakers Series to learn how young women and men especially in rural areas are increasingly transforming themselves as Hunger Fighters by unleashing their potentialities in diverse ways to feed their communities. Today, there are over 1.8 billion adolescents and youth around the world. At the end of 2010, over 75 million young people ages 15-24 were struggling to find work or feed themselves.  In order to support young people in transforming  local economies and fight hunger, more banks must provide appropriate financial services to youth, more industries must train their workforce for current and future market demands, more institutions must mainstream entrepreneurship and agribusiness, and nurture potential entrepreneurs, and more governments must encourage youth innovation and engagement.  We need to do these things in an effective and inclusive way by prioritizing young people’s needs, considering their developmental needs, and including girls and other marginalized populations to ensure equity. 

GOAL

The goal of the Speaker Series is to bring voices of African youth, practitioners, policy makers and experts in agribusiness together and create an enabling environment under which young people can be nurtured, equipped, raised and supported to fight hunger on and facilitate exchange of experience, learning and networking for young entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers.  

OBJECTIVES

To ensure that it impacts the next generation in it diversity, the speaker series will be implemented to meet five objectives within the program areas of Leadership, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Community Learning, and Education with innovations and policy development as cross sectors.

 

  • Objective 1 (Leadership): to build sustainable poor rural youth businesses that are more resilient to climate change, environmental degradation, and market transformation.
  • Objective 2 (Agribusiness): to contribute directly to the reduction of poverty through raising incomes of smallholder farmers in rural areas.
  • Objective 3 (Entrepreneurship): to give poor rural youth the skills to manage profitable, sustainable, and resilient farm and non-farm enterprises.
  • Objective 4 (Community Learning & Partnership): to develop public/private partnership building activities and support of rural youth advocates allowing poor rural youth and organizations to influence policies and institutions that affect their livelihoods.
  • Objective 5 (Education): to research the characteristics of enabling environments and empowering poor, rural youth to articulate these needs to institutions and policy makers.

The panelists consist of advocates from governments, corporations, non-profit organizations, international development agencies, humanitarian relief agencies and policy makers with extensive knowledge and experience on how to effectively fight hunger and provide long-term food security through youth entrepreneurship, agribusiness, employment, and innovation.

ORGANIZERS

Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN)

GYIN seeks to establish a truly global network of all young entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators.  The network has over 5000 members in over 100 countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with a special focus in West and Central Africa. Through its members, it creates an environment that is conducive for the sharing of skills, knowledge and experiences. It also actively supports young entrepreneurs in the implementation of projects aimed at developing their local communities through self-sustaining socio-economic and cultural opportunities based on practical success stories that can guarantee a decent life for the next generation.

GYIN envisions creating an enabling space that young women and men can channel their creativities, potentialities and vibrancies in transforming their communities through self-sustaining socio-economic and cultural opportunities that guarantees a decent life for the next generation. GYIN is committed to capitalizing on the global entrepreneurial spirit of young women and men to overcome poverty and build a healthy society for the next generation

Africa Agribusiness Magazine (AAM)

AAM exists in order to connect Africa’s agricultural sector to the rest of the world. By doing so, we hope to act as a catalyst to the development of Africa’s agricultural sector. AAM will inform and connect African farmers, business persons and governments with modern technologies, practices, ideas, and materials (increase Africa’s human capital). We hope that this will help African nations develop independent and vibrant agricultural sectors which will lead to a decrease in malnutrition and general increase in health and well-being for the continent. Furthermore, we hope to help connect Westerners to Africa so they can gain a greater understanding of African culture and agribusiness opportunities which exist in Africa (increase direct and indirect foreign investment in Africa).

In order to accomplish these goals, AAM publishes a bi-monthly magazine which is distributed in the U.S., African nations and published on the internet. Our magazine focuses on engaging the outside world with Africa, securing vital information on farming techniques, identifying comparative advantages, helping our readers learn how to invest in the agricultural sectors of certain countries, connecting non-profits, helping farmers learn how to access modern farming equipment, and supporting community efforts for development.
 

 

NEXT GENERATION OF AFRICAN HUNGER FIGHTERS

 

 

SPEAKERS SERIES

 

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

 

YOUTH SPONSOR                               $10,000

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Provide agencies with two(2)youth fellows for three (3) months for research testing and analysis
  • Provide agencies with access to youth perspective and data trends on resources and analysis
  • Youth to provide training on social media
  • GYIN gift bag (t-shirt, cap)

Recognition Benefits

  • Premium advertising on all Hunger Fighters promotional materials
  • Branding on all GYIN social media outlets including GYIN web site, Twitter, Facebook 
  • Full-page color ad in Hunger Fighters program book
  • Full-page color ad in Africa Agribusiness Magazine

 

AGRIBUSINESS SPONSOR                $8,000

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Provide two (2) students involved in Agribusiness and food security for two (2) months to conduct research on agribusiness market and food security  
  • Connect to farmers associations throughout Africa
  • GYIN gift bag (t-shirt, cap)

Recognition Benefits

  • Premium advertising on all Hunger Fighters promotional materials
  • Branding on all GYIN social media outlets including GYIN web site, Twitter, Facebook 
  • Full-page color ad in Hunger Fighters program book
  • Full-page color ad in Africa Agribusiness Magazine

 

ENTREPRENEUR SPONSOR              $6,000

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Provide two (2) MBA student intern for one (1) month to assist with researching new business modules, strategies, negotiations and shared value creation
  • Connect with youth incubators and accelerators
  • GYIN gift bag (t-shirt, cap)

Recognition Benefits

  • Advertising on all Hunger Fighter promotional materials  
  • Branding on all GYIN social media outlets including GYIN web site, Twitter, Facebook 
  • Full page color ad in program book
  • Full-page color ad in Africa Agribusiness Magazine

 
 

INNOVATION SPONSOR                     $4,000

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Provide one (1) IT intern to provide content management and/or web development services related to specific topic of need/choice identified by organization
  • Provide training to develop collaborative system/platform for organization
  • GYIN gift bag (t-shirt, cap)

Recognition Benefits

  • Advertising on all Hunger Fighter promotional materials  
  • Branding on all GYIN social media outlets including GYIN web site, Twitter, Facebook 
  • Half-page color ad in program book
  • Half-page color ad in Africa Agribusiness Magazine

 

LEADERSHIP SPONSOR                    $2,000

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Provide host families internship practicum through GYIN chapters countries located throughout Africa
  • Student involvement in local internship/and or volunteer entrepreneurship opportunites
  • GYIN gift bag (t-shirt, cap)

Recognition Benefits

  • Advertising on all Hunger Fighter promotional materials  
  • Branding on all GYIN social media outlets including GYIN web site, Twitter, Facebook 
  • Half page color ad in program book

 

HUNGER FIGHTER SPONSOR                        $500

Sponsorship Benefits

  • GYIN gift bag (t-shirt, cap)

Recognition Benefits

  • Special Mention in Hunger Fighter program book  

 

HUNGER FIGHTER EVENT HOST

Sponsorship Benefits

  • GYIN Partnership with Event Host
  • Speaker opportunity and/or participation in event
  • GYIN gift bag (t-shirt, cap)

Recognition Benefits

  • Branding on all Hunger Fighter promotional materials
  • Advert in program book

 

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