The Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational training in Tanzania, Prof. Joyce Ndalichako has expressed her interest in the youth in agribusiness initiative of IITA. Prof Ndalichako who was at the stand of the IITA Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs (ITYA) during the 5th annual National Science, Technology and Innovation conference at Dar es Salam said it was she was impressed to see young graduates who are passionate about agriculture.

She said the effort of the youth to create employment through agriculture was a rare step. She however supported the youth by purchasing the branded High Quality Cassava Flour also known as “MpishiMkuu”. The 5th Annual National Research Science and Innovation Technology is a national conference organized and coordinated by the Commission of Science and technology in collaboration with the Sweden people and the National Research Foundation.
The mission of the conference was to foster linkages and create a level playing ground between academics, researchers and enterprises for the socio-economic benefits and development of Tanzania.

Participants at the conference also discussed means of supporting and promoting youth program, incubations and the cluster program to expand idea generation and create links to the business, technology and innovation especially for youth. The conference provided an opportunity for youth   to explore agricultural innovations by researchers, academicians, and private sectors.

ITYA also displayed their products at the exhibition booth. Cassava  products; Cassava Chinchin, Cassava strips, and cassava flour,  Soy fresh milk, soy yoghurt and Tomatoes were displayed respectively.
ITYA participation at the conference is one among the institutes mechanism ratified to scale up the youth program platform to fruitfully reach project objective” empower and build capacity of the youth in Agriculture and transform them from being job seekers to being job creators”. The new mechanism extends opportunities for TYA team to transfer and share knowledge and experiences found within the agribusiness field.

“Through exhibition we had at level increased level of awareness of our program; what we offer, what we do and healthy benefit of our produces. It has also provided a networking opportunity for us to link with agri-business partners and also increases awareness of our products and services,”  said an agripreneur,  Edwin Ndibalema.