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Entrepreneurship in Agroecology


The global food system is at a crossroads, and it is time for entrepreneurs in agroecology to step up. Agroecology aims to optimize the interactions between plants, animals, and humans. This training is designed for entrepreneurs who have accepted the grand challenge of putting agroecological principles to practice.

Through practical tools and assignments, this course supports them to define, test, and pitch their agroecological business ideas

Why invest your time?

In this course, you will learn through sessions with experienced business and innovation trainers from Bopinc, an expert in agroecology from YALTA and you will get to know inspirational examples of accomplished entrepreneurs.

What you can expect

The course was originally designed for the selected participants of the YALTA Business Accelerator. Although the Accelerator has ended, the training material is available for you until 31 August 2022 so you can also follow the training originally offered to the participants.

You can follow the course at your own pace, however, we recommend following a 4-week-long journey, with 2-3 modules in the first 3 weeks, and 1 module in the last week. Each module includes the slides and a recording of a ~1-hour live online session and Q&A, an assignment, and additional reading inspired by real cases.

Please note that by enrolling in this training course, you are NOT enrolled in the YALTA Business Accelerator, and you will not have access to feedback on your assignments. You are welcome however to download the assignment templates and use them for your own learning.


The following material will be available for each module:

  • Slides (compressed pdf format)
  • Recording of the original training sessions from the YALTA Business Accelerator
  • Assignment instructions and template
  • Examples and additional reading

About this course

4 weeks, 4-6 hours a week
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Creators of this course

Bopinc is a not-for-profit organisation that accelerates the impact of market-driven innovative strategies in low-income markets – the “Base of the Pyramid” (BoP). We believe the best products should be available where they matter most, and that fulfilling the BoP’s aspirations and needs is key. Since 2010, Bopinc has been supporting inclusive innovation through the power of entrepreneurship. In our collaborations with startups, SMEs and MNCs, every new idea is turned upside down and inside out until we find the right innovation for low-income communities.

The content is produced by:
Beryl Oyier

Beryl Oyier


Within Bopinc and in previous jobs, Beryl’s key input is the growth and development of projects through oversight and management roles. She has worked in different environments including urban, peri-urban and rural areas. Currently and for the last 5 years, Beryl is our director of the East African Office to support our team in project work. She has overseen various projects including, but not limited to, monitoring and evaluation of development projects, facilitating community-based information sharing and managing community development projects and applying gender lens across various projects. Besides her job as Managing Director, she also operates a farm near Nairobi where she is a smallholder farmer of tomatoes and capsicum.

Valeria Varga

Valeria Varga

The Netherlands

Valeria is a Project Manager at Bopinc She works in marketing & distribution projects as well as training development & delivery. As part of her work, she was the lead facilitator of the Food Connection Challenge Benin and the MIT Practical Impact Alliance working group on Scaling Demand at the BoP. She is trained as a trainer of the Inclusive Business Accelerator toolkit and in Results Measurement in line with the DCED standards. Prior to BoPInc, Valeria was working at Be-novative, a startup on the innovation management market. There, she supported innovation projects and facilitated Design Thinking workshops for various organizations such as a leading multinational IT company, a non-profit agency in California and a European university.

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Peter Byemaro


Peter is passionate about increasing opportunities for businesses in Africa to grow and scale, promoting innovative inclusive business models for sustainable development, working with farming communities especially smallholders and agri-businesses to improve their capacities and capabilities to engage in dynamic market systems, become responsible, profitable, impactful, and ethical. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science (Bsc) degree in Agricultural Economics and Masters of Science (Msc) in Development Management from the Open University – United Kingdom and for the last 16 years, he has worked in the agricultural sector both upstream, downstream and midstream, coached and mentored micro-small and medium agri-businesses at early, mid-growth and mature stages across a wide range of value chains within the East African region; Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Southern Africa; Zambia, Malawi.

About the course initiator and funder

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This course has been an initiative of the Netherlands Food Partnership

NFP helps to strengthen the inclusion and voice of youth as changemakers in food systems. We do this by developing and accelerating powerful collaboration that promotes the broad inclusion and voice of Youth in different parts of the food system and increases the appeal of the agrifood sector among Youth as a promising career path. Not only by supporting young agri-professionals and agri-entrepreneurs, but also by empowering Youth to effectively advocate for their needs.

The Youth in Agroecology and Business Learning Track Africa (YALTA initiative) is a partnership between Netherlands Food Partnership and the IKEA Foundation. The initiative follows a market-based approach and convenes a wide range of stakeholders consisting of agripreneurs, practitioners, policy makers and experts. From seed distributors to academia. And from farmers to policy makers.

By connecting to a broad base of youth networks in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, the initiative will ensure the inclusion of youth every step of the way. From identifying the major issues to co-developing solutions.

The main objectives of YALTA are: 

  • Improved business opportunities for Youth in AE
  • Improved capacity of Youth to apply AE principles
  • Youth feel more involved in AE systems change initiatives
  • Increased effectiveness & efficiency of AE (Youth) initiatives
  • Increased attention for Youth in AE in research, policy agendas and education curricula