3rd edition of Agric-Student career guidance launched

Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, Executive Director, Agrihouse Foundation

The third edition of the Agric Students Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue Boot-camp (AG-STUD) 2020 has been launched in Accra

The Agricultural students’ career guidance and mentorship dialogue boot-camp which, since its launch two years ago, has witness growth in content and acceptance.

At the media launch, the Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa said, “the agricultural bootcamp is designed to inspire and grow agric students, beginner agribusinesses and start-ups’ expertise in the entire value chain of agriculture, while also exposing them to the dynamics of the market through education and leadership programs essential for achieving success in agriculture and agribusiness.”

The program also inculcates leadership values into the youth, as well as best farm management skills in these beginner farmers, she stated.

“The good news is that we are not stopping only in Ghana. We are taking AG-STUD’s success to the entire Africa continent. Consequently, 2021 will be Africa-focused,” Akyaa Akosa noted.

This year, under the theme: Growing Futures: Establishing the Agric Youth, Agrihouse Foundation is further reinforcing the sustained growth and development of the agric student by setting up Business Club Units in the institutions as another important part of the programme.

The Business Club Units comprise a team of 15 students and representatives of corporate organizations who adopt and mentor the students to throughout their journey. The Club Units function as agri-businesses, led by a Managing Director with floor members. The units implement various models to access funds for their businesses.

The 4-day program would have in attendance over 600 participants with activities like field visits, mentorship, seminar, training, capacity building and pitching competition.

AG-STUD 2020 promises more value and excitement. Nine schools are participating and would have the opportunity to present pitches in a business plan competition for a prize at the end of the Boot-camp.

The participating schools already have the business club units up and running at their various institutions with active social media handles where updates on their businesses and challenges are posted regularly.

These institutions include University of Ghana (Legon), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kwadaso Agricultural College, University of Developmental Studies (UDS), University of Cape Coast (UCC), Fair River Farm Institute, Damango Agricultural College, Asuansi Farm Institute and Northern Agri-Youth Hub.