Youth Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Changing Food Systems 2021

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The global population is growing, and getting ‘younger’ by the day across Africa and Asia. Young women and men in these continents need jobs or support to start their own businesses. Food systems are straining to feed this expanding population and need to evolve to do this sustainably. Using tools, frameworks, case studies, interactive sessions and site visits, this course blends practical hands-on training with cutting-edge research. It will provide you with a strengthened conceptual and practical understanding of food systems, labour markets, entrepreneurship, education and livelihoods. The result will be a greater ability to analyze these multiple challenges and come up with practical solutions to tackle them.

What will you learn?

  • How to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the education, labour and finance markets for youth, and how to improve them;
  • How to apply various tools and models, including food systems modelling, to raise the socio-economic impact from multiple country case studies and site visits in the Netherlands;
  • Good practices to apply about general trends in demographics, nutrition, and migration;
  • New methods of teaching, training and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships;
  • How gender, age, education and access to resources makes ‘youth’ a heterogeneous group and requires different approaches to successfully target them.

Course programme in more detail

During this course you will learn how to address the overlapping challenges of employment for young women and men within changing food systems. Food systems innovate to sustainably feed a growing global population. Blending practical
case studies with complex modeling, this course will benefit project practitioners, business leaders and policy-makers alike.

Fee information

EUR 4,100.00 - This covers the tuition of the course. Since this course is online, there are no costs for accommodation, insurance or travel. Deadline on March 16th 2021 for Orange Knowledge Programme scholarships.

How to register

For who is this course?

This course is intended for practitioners, business leaders and policy makers, preferably with a minimum of 3 years’ practical work experience. Applicant backgrounds include;

  • Business leaders in the agri-food, educational and finance sectors;
  • Practitioners in development and aid-funded programmes;
  • Public sector workers and policy makers working in the fields of agriculture, education, finance or youth & gender;
  • Researchers from think-tanks, universities or other educational

Participants are intentionally selected from a variety of backgrounds so that during group work participants also learn from the variety of one another’s experience.

To register, please visit the following link.

The Application Procedure

  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).

Technology Requirements Online Learning

Minimum technical and software requirements for online learning courses are:

  • Stable internet connection: required to access the online learning platform and assignments (at least 3G mobile network).
  • Hardware requirement: acces to a laptop, smartphone, tablet or a personal computer with webcam and microphone.