Uganda possess unlimited opportunities for youth if they choose to engage in agribusiness investments.
This was the overall assessment at the end of the Ugandan Diaspora Agri-Food Investment Conference 2020 officiated by FAO Country Representative, Dr. Antonio Querido, and Hon. Victoria Ssekitoleko, the Executive Director Uganda Agribusiness Alliance (UAA) at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala.
During the conference, Mr. Yafesi Ogwang, Assistant Commissioner in charge of Agribusiness in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), encouraged the youth in diaspora to tap into Uganda’s huge export potential of agricultural products and invest locally. Ogwang was part of the panel of experts during the youth dialogue on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) for the agribusiness actors during COVID-19 crisis was on the theme.
Themed ‘Ensuring a COVID-19 free workforce in the Agriculture sector,’ the
conference that was partly held on Zoom offered a platform for the youth in the diaspora to share experiences about their investments, pitch initiatives, and reflect on the current state of diaspora investments in the Ugandan agri-food industry.
The conference, which was organized by MAAIF in collaboration with the UNFAO, UAA and the diaspora department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, was also addressed by Mr. Hosea Kizimula, the Ministry’s senior agribusiness officer and Ms. Consolata Acayo, Assistant Commissioner Information and Communication. At the end of the conference, three successful diaspora agripreneurs were recognized and awarded.