By Irene Gaitirira
Published October 5, 2017
A training programme aimed at bringing young talent into the agribusiness sector in Africa with a view to increasing food production commences in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa in March 2018.
Known as AGCO Agribusiness Programme (AAP) and offered through Strathmore Business School (SBS) in Kenya, Harper Adams University in Britain and Kenya-based The Bridge Africa which runs programmes to prepare graduates for employment, the two-year course targets students across Africa.
AGCO, a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SBS, Harper Adams University and The Bridge Africa to embark on the initiative that is aimed at producing more food for the continent by bringing young talent into the agribusiness sector of the continent.
“As a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions, AGCO is acutely aware of the management skills’ shortage in the African agricultural supply chain sector. Therefore, we have taken the initiative to meet this challenge head-on with a long-term commitment to skills development on the continent,” says Nuradin Osman, AGCO Vice President and General Manager in charge of Africa.
Scheduled to commence in March 2018, AAP will offer an accredited two-year agribusiness programme through SBS in Nairobi, Zambia and South Africa for up to 25 students aged 20-30 years, leading to potential job opportunities within AGCO Africa.
“This is a strong business-oriented programme that will provide training in critical skills and develop leadership and strategic expertise to drive African agricultural prosperity,” Osman says. “It underlines our approach to ensure Africa is run from Africa.”
Dr George Njenga, the Dean of Strathmore Business School, says, “Through this partnership, we are confident that we have the capacity to meet the needs of the agricultural sector. The programme will integrate both theoretical and industrial relevance to address the current trends in the sector.”