About this course
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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
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.
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:
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.
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: