We acknowledge that in as much as knowledge resides primarily in universities, the public also command knowledge bases from which universities can learn. We engage in explicit collaborations for knowledge transfer partnerships for innovation and agripreneurship.
AFRICA’S FOOD SYSTEMS IS IN URGENT NEED OF KNOWLEDGE-DRIVEN INTENSIFICATION
AGCELERATE WORKS TO TRANSLATE ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE IN AGRICULTURE INTO PRACTICE
We’re working with talented young people, instigators and innovators, leading academics, researchers and experts to co-create Africa’s food systems through research, training and innovation and accelerating sustainable agribusinesses by linking academic to application trajectory.
WE’RE DRIVEN BY COLLABORATION
"It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." – Charles Darwin
AGcelerate is a global multi-stakeholder partnership initiative. Our strong north-south linkages bring the diversity of tools, resources and experiences while our strong academic and research pedigree makes our work evidence based and knowledge driven.Learn More
AGcelerate Lab 2019
SCALING from IDEAS to large-scale AGRIBUSINESSES
Real-world outcomes for young entrepreneurs in agri-food
August 12th- 17th, 2019, Makerere University, Uganda
The 2019 AGcelerate Lab, which will be held at Makerere University, is built around Scaling from ideas to large scale agribusinesses - to generate real-world outcomes for young entrepreneurs within agri-food. The lab will attract over 150 participants, about 100 of which will be students from Ugandan Universities and a group of Swedish students. The other participants will be from NGOs, Farmers, Women’s and International Organisations, from the private sector and the government. These participants will be coming from Uganda, Kenya, Somaliland, Sweden and Switzerland.
Our Core Strands
Our AGcelerate Lab provides platforms, tools and resources for collaborative innovations in sustainable agribusinesses. The Lab harnesses collaborative potential of innovators to build cutting-edge solutions, create jobs, and spearhead community transformation.
Key in driving innovation and change is young people; because they are agile! Sadly though, worldwide, youth engagement in agriculture is low, which is reflected in the associations the word evokes: ‘uncool’. AGcelerate seeks to reverse this mentality.
INSIGHTS FROM OUR GLOBAL EXPERTS
Africa's Agriculture needs a quantum leap
“There is a lot of groundwork on small-scale agripreneurship in Africa; the work that has already been done is phenomenal. The problem is that this needs to be scaled up. However, the business environment is not favorable for scaling up; there are a lot of missing links in the value chain and the infrastructure. So what we have observed so far is that these small-scale agribusiness start-ups remain at a certain level. I think that Africa’s agriculture in general needs a quantum leap. And that’s where we come in as universities and academic researchers to provide the knowledge and the research base to accelerate this quantum leap and scaling up of Africa’s agribusiness.”
Prof. Kostas Karantininis,
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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“AGcelerate lab2017 was one of the most tremendous experiences I have heard because I saw that great ideas exist and the interactions with my fellow young people from around the world were amazing. Change is what I foresee.”
“How could we ever link the agricultural programs in Europe with the programs in Africa? AGcelerate gave me the opportunity as a person to explore these possibilities and I use my experience to encourage other students at SLU to explore this internationalization of education.”
“Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents of development and peace.”
“Agriculture is seen as fundamental to economic development of the African continent. But to move forward, we have to make a lot of investment in science, technology and innovation.”
“AGcelerate gave me a great understanding of what we can learn from each other as young people to create lasting change and impact. I picked great insights and took with me a lot of energy after meeting all these my fellow young people doing great stuff.”
“I like it when young people from both Africa and Europe get together and get to know each other as people. That is the beginning of real collaborations. The educational exchange programs by AGcelerate are an amazing opportunity for students to broaden perspectives in new horizons.”
“Youth are more than victims of poverty and economic downturn – they can be agents of change. We need to do more to create jobs for young people and to support young entrepreneurs so they can create jobs for others.”