Springtime and Easter are times of renewal and growth. It seems very fitting therefore that I can now share with you the latest news in the development of the Agripreneurship Alliance. The Agripreneurship Alliance has been collaborating with partners in East Africa since 2018, developing relationships with universities to roll out our ‘Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness’ course which has supported over 600 students to date to develop great agri-business ideas and take them through to launch. Today we have an additional 221 students across eight universities and four countries following the course and more to join before the end of this academic year.
We have been inspired by the enterprising spirit and ambition of our students, partners, and other institutions in the region. This has motivated us and, along with our long-held belief that the Agripreneurship Alliance should be an equal partner working together with others to develop African solutions for African challenges, led to the strategic decision to work towards establishing our first office and team to be based upon the African continent. Considering the depth of our relationships and the warm welcome that we have already received, we decided that Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, would be the perfect location. And so, in October of last year (2021) we started the long application process to register with the Government of Uganda.
I am now delighted to be able to share that we have just received our Certificate of Registration and Permit of Operation for Uganda. This is an exciting moment for us, it will allow us to establish a team that will enhance our existing work and enable us to develop innovative approaches to supporting agri-food entrepreneurs. It will also support the Agripreneurship Alliance as we develop further partnerships and approaches across the continent of Africa, supporting the growth of an eco-system of MSME’s that will provide safe and nutritious foods, create wealth and employment and be a force for good in the communities in which they operate.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us and joined us in our journey so far. I hope that you will continue to follow our progress as together we enable Africa to Rise!
Steven Carr CEO Agripreneurship Alliance 20 April 2021