AYuTe NextGen

Reimagining Africa's Agriculture in the Next 50 Years

About AYuTe NextGen

AYuTe NextGen gathering serves as a vibrant platform within the AYuTe Africa NextGen initiative by Heifer International. The 2024 edition, scheduled for June 11th, 2024, at the Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, will be a dynamic event themed “Reimagining Africa's Agriculture in The Next 50 Years”.

The gathering will feature engaging youth-led conversations and insightful panel discussions, envisioning the transformation of Africa's agricultural landscape over the next 50 years. The event will also showcase an immersive expo, alongside the latest innovations in agritech and agribusiness.

The highlight of the gathering is the AYuTe Africa Regional Competition finale, which will present a series of pitches by top agritech innovators across the continent, spotlighting innovative solutions aimed at addressing the challenges encountered by smallholder farmers in Africa.

Through collaborative dialogue, experiential learning and engagement, AYuTe Next Gen encapsulates the vitality of African youth, the spirit of innovation, and the empowerment of young people. This convergence of elements aims to catalyze prosperity for smallholder farmers while fostering sustainable growth in agriculture across the continent.

What awaits you at AYuTe NextGen?

  • Discover business and career opportunities that exist in Africa’s agriculture.

  • Make your voice heard! Participate in engaging and insightful youth-led conversations.

  • Watch a thrilling Pitching Competition and meet the 2024 AYuTe Regional Champions.

  • Network with 300+ innovative, young agritech innovators, agripreneurs and industry leaders.

  • Immerse yourself in the latest innovations transforming agriculture in Africa.

  • Enjoy the best of Rwandan culture and entertainment!

  • Get involved in games and competitions and stand a chance to win some exciting prizes!

  • The AYuTe Africa NextGen, an initiative of Heifer International, was established in 2021 as an agribusiness innovation initiative designed to catalyze ground-up innovation that address challenges faced by smallholder farmers at scale, providing the incubation and catalytic financing needed for these businesses to scale. AYuTe (Agriculture, Youth and Technology) combines the power of African youth with the many possibilities of emerging technologies to support smallholder farmers across the continent grow their businesses and incomes.

    Central to the initiative is a competition that encourages the development of agritech businesses, particularly by young Africans who might not otherwise engage in agricultural innovation. Winners get cash prizes and technical support to scale their innovations and subsequently support more smallholders.

    The program also seeks to elevate agriculture as a desirable career for young Africans with several opportunities for leveraging and integrating technology from farm to market, making the sector more attractive to the next generation of farmers. Heifer International’s support for these innovators also extends to leveraging innovative capital and strategic partnerships to help the AYuTe Africa Champions translate this funding into business expansion strategies.

  • A gathering for African Youth by African Youth on the opportunities in agriculture. Make your voice heard as we usher in a new era of Africa's agricultural transformation.

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