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Corteva Agriscience is partnering with the Entrepreneurship Development Academy (EDA) at the Gordon Institute of Business School (GIBS) to host a roundtable event on 10 June 2021.

The virtual discussion will host leading agricultural voices who will engage around issues to do with youth in agriculture. As always, a particular focus will be on young women. Practical advice will be shared for first-generation female farmers who are serious about hustling hard to become a success.

Young people in South Africa make up more than a third of the population. In a country with such a young population, it is concerning that the youth accounts for 63,3% of the total number of unemployed people.

To this end, Corteva and GIBS EDA want to host a thought-provoking and inspiring roundtable event that not only encourages youth participation in entrepreneurship and farming, but also inspires them to believe that their hustle is not in vain.

By providing a platform for accomplished farmers to engage with aspirant entrepreneurs, the partners hope to empower young people to embrace their agency in shaping their futures. In addition, an impressive array of industry voices has been gathered to form this all-women panel ahead of Youth Day on 16 June.

Meet the women

The keynote speaker, Ndidi Nwuneli, is a renowned businesswoman, author and TED Global speaker. Ndidi is the founder of LEAP Africa, co-founder of AACE Foods, managing partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd, and the chair of Nourishing Africa. She serves on multiple boards, including, among others, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, AGRA, and the African Philanthropy Forum.

We have confirmed four panellists:

  • Ruramiso Mashumba, a trailblazing farmer who holds several accolades and achievements both in Zimbabwe and abroad.
  • Emma Naluyima, a Ugandan veterinarian, urban farmer, teacher, and animal and crop farming instructor.
  • Nneile Nkholise, a cattle farming nerd and product engineer who co-founded 3DIMO, a South African and US-based agritech company that provides an online marketplace for the sale of cattle, vetted using AI and precision analytics, directly from any farm.
  • Thato Moagi, managing director of Legae La Banareng Farms and the first South African to receive the prestigious Nuffield Agriculture Scholarship.

The moderator, Mpho Mashita, is a radio presenter who also works as an MC and conversation moderator for women, social entrepreneurship and career-related events and conferences.

As part of its 2030 sustainability goals, Corteva has committed to empowering women. To this end, they are committed to engaging with and supporting women in agriculture across the globe. This includes the largest farms in the most advanced economies to the smallest subsistence farms in the developing world.

This roundtable event takes place alongside Corteva and GIBS’ immersive programme. This programme serves as a development intervention for women farmers to develop their entrepreneurial, business and leadership skills to manage and sustain profitable farms.

Join leaders from across the continent at the GIBS/Corteva roundtable which will take place on 10 June 2021 from 10:00 to 12:00. Register here for the Zoom webinar. – Press release, Gordon Institute of Business Science