Global Youth Innovation Network: Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation, 2016

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Deadline: 31 January 2016

Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) is seeking applications for its second Global Youth Summit called the 2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI 2016) that will be held in Dakar, Senegal from March 29-31, 2016.

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The summit will prioritise young people’s needs, considering their developmental needs including under-served populations, such as girls, to an effective and inclusive employment strategy.

The summit, representing over 100 countries, will give its participants the tools to learn and share how young women and men, especially in rural areas, are increasingly acquiring new capacities and developing innovative solutions to transform themselves as Hunger Fighters, Job Creators, Innovators, and Change Agents. Youth participants and partner organizations will present proven innovative agribusiness and entrepreneurship practices by sharing their knowledge, expertise, challenges and success stories.

GYIN is a fully youth-inspired and led network for youth entrepreneurs and rural micro-enterprises who are committed to act as hunger fighters, change agents, and innovators, driven by the passion to see generational transformations and changes from the grassroots to the global level. The network creates an environment to support youth in development and empowerment programs.

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GYIN operates within the follow six core values referred to as ANTERS:

  • Accountability: By telling the truth at all times, everyone becomes responsible for his/her actions or decisions.
  • Network: We are all interconnected in a way that transcends any form of barrier in space and time.
  • Trust: Our words and actions will be consistent and coherent with what we stand for and do at all times
  • Empowerment: Reinforcing the strengths and eliminating the weaknesses of everyone thereby cascading into collective interests of all.
  • Respect: Recognize and value the diversity a person by focusing on different strengths, ideas, talents, creativity, experiences and energy to achieve our mission.
  • Self-reliant: Acknowledge and count everyone’s strengths as first order assets.


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  • Leadership: To build sustainable poor rural youth businesses that are more resilient to climate change, environmental degradation, and market transformation.
  • Agribusiness: To contribute directly to the reduction of poverty through raising incomes of smallholder farmers in rural areas.
  • Entrepreneurship: To give poor, rural youth the skills to manage profitable, sustainable, and resilient farm and non-farm enterprises.
  • Education: To research the characteristics of enabling environments and empowering poor, rural youth to articulate these needs to institutions and policy makers.
  • Community learning and Partnership: To develop public/private partnership building activities and support of rural youth advocates allowing poor rural youth and organizations to influence policies and institutions that affect their livelihoods.

For information regarding application procedure and more, please visit Global Youth Innovation Network.