Promoting the inclusiveness of youth and women in the advancement of agriculture transformation and building on its existing leadership training program, Africa Lead organized an entrepreneurship and agribusiness development Training of Trainers (TOT) course. Participants at the training included Africa Lead facilitators and individuals from partner organizations who were selected through an application process. The goal of the Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Development Course is to develop the capacity of entrepreneurs in agribusiness identification, planning and management in order to strengthen start-ups and expand existing enterprises.
Delivered from March 29 – April 1, 2017, the course brought together 19 participants. Africa Lead Facilitators from the DRC, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal participated. The course emphasized the need to identify challenges and opportunities in various agriculture value chains, developing business ideas and the components of a business plan. It further addressed how to manage cash flow, creating financial statements, writing an executive summary of a business plan, carrying out market research and developing a bankable business plan. Participants also engaged in discussions about how to identify opportunities and financial resources for future support. The training served as an opportunity for participants to establish networks for collaborations and partnerships within the region.