Knustford University College (KUC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mobile Business Clinic (MBC) Africa, a leading agribusiness advisory and development firm, to train and support young people in agribusiness.
The MOU commits both institutions to work closely to design and implement activities to support the development of agribusiness in Africa and create sustainable opportunities for graduates to excel in the sector.
The founder of KUC, John Kwamena Essel explained that the initiative was to advance pragmatic steps to reduce the graduate unemployment situation in the country.
“Young people who have the desire to pursue agribusiness and be entrepreneurs will be taken through a training session to build their capacity and be exposed to the multiple value chain existing in agribusiness and receive start-up funds to start their businesses,” he said.
According to him, agribusiness was the surest way to save the country from its present predicament hence the need to inspire young people to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that exist in the sector.
“It is important that we let the youth see the potentials in the sector so they can input their skills and knowledge into the field to transform our nation,” he stressed.
Mr. Essel said the country faced an impending food crisis due to low food production and high import rates, and stressed the need to adopt a serious approach to avert the situation.
He challenged young people not to limit themselves only to their specialised fields but explore different business opportunities especially in agribusiness to develop the country.
Tenemba Anna Samake, Chief Executive Officer of MBC Africa, called for a comprehensive approach to address Africa’s food insecurity.
“There is total inadequacy between the training our young people receive in the educational institutions and what the society needs to solve its challenges,” she said.
She said more practical and vocational training and an enabling environment was needed to augment the skills of young people to create solutions to Africa’s problems.
“We need to create the jobs, we need to feed ourselves and agriculture offers the greatest opportunity to achieve that”, she stated.
Ms. Samake urged young people to embrace agribusiness and replace the aging population currently engaged in the sector to ensure a sustainable module to feed the continent.
By Abigail Annoh