IHAV (I have a Vision) is a nonprofit organization established to support youth development through capacity building and employment generation. IHAV is the brain child of African youths who have realized the significance of entrepreneurship as a vital tool in addressing the sky rocketing youth unemployment rates, and for the sustainable economic and societal development of the continent.
In the light of this, IHAV is organizing the 2nd edition of its yearly conference with the theme ‘Creating an Agribusiness Revolution with Africa’s Youth’. The conference will bring together 100 selected young leaders from across Africa in one platform.
Through this conference IHAV seeks to engage African youth in addressing the issue of sustainability in agriculture and increasing the productivity of Africa’s agricultural system through research and innovation in a way that will bring about a process change and trigger an Agribusiness revolution across the continent. This will in turn lead to a reduction in poverty and a marked improvement in people’s livelihoods. This exciting event is scheduled to be held in Accra, Ghana from 30th July to 2nd August 2014.
IHAV is bringing together renowned speakers across the face of entrepreneurship, ICT, agricultural experts and entrepreneurs, marketers and business experts from Ghana to help trigger the needed change we desire. The speakers are to cover the whole aspect of revolutionizing the agriculture sector and also how to link all other sectors of the economy to it.
The agriculture sector if properly monitored can harbor all the other sectors like ICT, marketing(packaging, branding and commercializing), communication(media), roads and highways, labour employment, financial sector etc. if all these sectors are networked well, one can channel his\her expertise into agriculture without necessarily being an agric oriented person or farm worker.
Among the 15 speakers for the 4 days conference are Mr John Armah of G.C.E.E.I., Mr Charles Sam of Golden Future Promotion, Mrs Sara Nana Yeboah of Sangy Nursing Services, Mr Ehi Benitie – a global market researcher, Mr Philip Abayori – a farmer and entrepreneur, Mrs Eva Lokko – a communication engineer, Dr Gheysika A. Agambilla – a publisher and a former minister of state, Sherrie Ann Donaldson Thompson – Founder \ CEO, Global Resolve Africa, Corporate Marketing Consultant, Mr Edison Gbenga and many more.
It’s the passion for the organization to advocate for agribusiness because there are more opportunities in agriculture which can help sustain Africa’s economy since we are blessed with the natural resources to cultivate. When the youths focus and find innovative ways to make it profitable and marketable to the global market, it will curb the alarming rate of unemployment and the influx of foreign agric products in our market.
As an #IHAV2013 participant, I can say without any iota of doubt that IHAV has an organised team and am sure that the #IHAV2014 conference will indeed build another set of great African visionaries that will innovate Agriculture and make Africa a green land where everyone will love to come and invest in Agriculture. Lets be innovative and put our VISION INTO ACTION.