April 20, 2024


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Two Rwandans Appointed to AYL-FAIN Posts, a Call to Youth in Livestock to Think Out of the Box

Last week two young Rwandans were elected to the various posts by the members of African Youth in Livestock Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubation Network (AYL-FAIN).

The elections were held in Egypt during the Pan-African conference on veterinary education establishments, veterinary statutory bodies& agribusiness networks of women and youth in the animal resources sector.

The Conference brought together Agribusiness Experts, Government Agencies, Private Sector Companies, Donor Communities, NGOs, Women Innovators in Agribusiness, Youth in Agribusiness Networks, Deans of Veterinary Education Establishments, Heads and Representatives of Veterinary Statutory Bodies, Chief Executive of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Representatives of Continental, Regional and National Networks for Women, Members of the African Women in Animal Resources Farming and Agribusiness Network (AWARFA-N) and Youth engaged in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture value chains among others.

During the conference closed last weekend, the two Rwandans, Mr. Jean Baptiste Hategikimana and Nyandwi Alex were respectively elected to the positions of President of AYL_FAIN on Continental Level and Publicity and Social Media on Regional Level.

Hategekimana is also Chairman of Rwanda Youth engaged in Agribusiness (RYAF) while Nyandwi Alex is a young communication professional focusing on Agriculture and livestock sectors.

Hategekimana said that the appointments mean a lot especially to African Youth engaged in Livestock adding that “This is an opportunity to bring together youth in order to create a new chapter where livestock should be seen as a business as well as source of incomes and new job creation among young people in Africa.”

Hategekimana added since RYAF was established Young Rwandans involved in Agriculture and livestock have started to change the mindset among the youth vis-à-vis the agriculture and Livestock sectors in Rwanda, while reaching out to other farming groups for awareness on business oriented agriculture.

He however noted that though the forum is focusing on Agriculture “But we can’t talk about Agriculture and leave behind the Livestock. These are paired sectors.”

After the Cairo Summit, Rwandan representatives also were received by Sheikh Habimana Saleh, Rwanda’s Ambassador to Egypt who congratulated them for being elected on AYL-FAIN position and emphasized that “Young Rwandans should seize this opportunity and learn best practices from their peers in various countries who are putting their efforts in developing the Agriculture and livestock on the continent.”

Habimana also revealed that in Egypt there are opportunities for young people in Agriculture.


African Youth in Livestock Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubation Network (AYL-FAIN) was established in July, 2017 in Dakar, Senegal with support from African Union Inter-African Bureau of Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in partnership with African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) with the objective of supporting the creation and maturity through incubation of Youth owned budding and established trend setter agribusinesses in Africa.

The Network is established to speed up the commercialization of livestock and fisheries agribusiness by effectively linking talents, technology, capitals and know how in order to accelerate the development of new ideas and enterprises.

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