YALTA Regional Summit

On October 25 - 26 2022, Netherlands Food Partnership in collaboration with PELUM Uganda will organise the YALTA regional summit in Kampala, Uganda and online. The hybrid event will bring together young entrepreneurs, agroecology and business professionals from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and beyond to talk about accelerating youth driven agroecological businesses for sustainable food systems.

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The YALTA Regional Summit is convened by Netherlands Food Partnership in collaboration with PELUM Uganda and will bring together the results and lessons learned of the Youth in Agroecology and Business Learning Track Africa and instigate discussions on how these can be replicated and scaled up.

What to expect:

During the event, we expect to:

  • Celebrate successes and exchange insights and lessons learned from the awareness and capacity building activities, agroecology initiatives and national coalitions working on issues for change
  • Empower youths to drive regional policy processes, knowledge exchange and showcasing youth led agroecological businesses
  • Identify strategies to sustain, replicate and scale up innovative models and approaches
  • Network and facilitate a regional platform for interaction between youth, agroecology stakeholders, policy makers, service providers, investors


Day 1: October 25 2022

Time (EAT)

9:00 -10:30 Introduction and Opening

  • PELUM Uganda welcoming remarks and objectives by Josephine Akia Luyimbazi, Country Coordinator PELUM Uganda
  • Overview of the YALTA initiative and acknowledging of key partners by Bente Meindertsma, Regional Programme Manager YALTA

9:30 - 10:40 EAT Keynote Speeches

  • Million Belay (PhD), General Coordinator, AFSA

Reflection on the importance of accelerating youth-led businesses in agroecology

  • Frank Buizer, Agricultural councillor of the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Reflection on the importance of sustainable food systems and the role of youth

  • Nico Janssen, Grand Manager at IKEA Foundation

Why are they supporting YALTA and how does it fit in their wider programme

  • Jannifer Muthike, A young entrepreneur in Agroecology

Sharing her experiences in investing in agroecological business

10.30 - 11.00 Break

11.00 - 12.00 Panel Discussion: Markets Reward Youth in Agroecology

  • Sharing experience about the YALTA awareness campaign by social media influencer Arthur Nkusi/Caleb Karuga
  • Successful business acceleration for agroecology businesses by Beryl Oyier, Managing Director of Bopinc
  • Creating scalable agroecology business models and access to finance for AE businesses by Ivan Mandela, Director of investment Shona
  • Access to finance for agroecology businesses by M.s Felicite, a young entrepreneur that secured funding

12.00 - 13.00 Panel Discussion: Youth adopt AE Principles

  • Research on meaningful youth engagement and entrepreneurship by Martha Kapazoglou - The Broker
  • Youth caravan and peer-to-peer learning by David Ssembajwe – A young entrepreneur (Uganda)
  • Mentorship programme by Jean Marie Ntakirutimana - Mentor and Business advisor Agriterra Rwanda
  • Best practices in the application of AE principles by Jane Wambui (Kenya) and Frezer Fikru (Ethiopia) - young entrepreneurs

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.00 Panel Discussion: Creating a Conducive Environment

  • Youth engagement in policy development processes by Hajjara Nantume, a young entrepreneur (Uganda)
  • Acid soils reclamation campaign by Dr Bayush Tsegaye (Ethiopia)
  • Youth engagement in policy processes at the county level by Matthew Muendo - PELUM Kenya
  • Inclusion of youth in agroecology research and education curricula by Justine Mbabazi - SALI Rwanda

15.00 - 15.30 Break

15.30 - 17.00 Breakout Sessions

  • Discussion about elements for replication and scaling + needs and gaps to be addressed:
  • Market Access
  • Adoption of AE principles
  • Creating a conducive environment

Day 2: October 26 2022

9:30 - 10:00 Opening remarks from Joshua Aijuka, PELUM Uganda Head of Programmes

10:00 - 11:30 Agroecology Market and Business Networking activities:

  • Business clinics consultations
  • Deal-making between actors and participants
  • Exhibiting agroecological products and services
  • Pitching sessions

11:30 - 12:00

Official Opening by Guest of Honor, Hon. Ntabazi -State Minister for Trade at the Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives in Uganda

12:00 - 12:10

  • Launch of the “Participatory Guarantee System: A USER’S GUIDE FOR FARMER GROUPS”
  • Presentation of Agroecology Handbook
  • Group photo with all participantsAgroecology expo together with PELUM AMASE

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 Presentation of Market barriers, Opportunities and Recommendations

14:30 - 15:00 Pitches from YALTA’s national reference groups about follow-up actions:

  • Solomon Kabede, MELCA Ethiopia
  • Alex Uwizeye, Help a child Rwanda
  • Leah Mwaura, SNV Kenya
  • Josephine Akia PELUM Uganda

15:00 - 16:00 Breakout Session

Developing action agenda to follow up on best practices, needs and gaps identified:

● Market Access

● Adoption of agroecology principles

● Conducive business environment

16:00 - 16:15 Break

16:15 - 16:45 Commitments and Next Steps

16:45 - 17:00 Closing remarks by Dr. Christopher Kyeswa, PELUM Uganda Board


17:00 - 18:30 Networking cocktail hosted by Shona

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Please kindly note that there is a possibility of participating physically on self sponsorship. If you would like to join in person, inform us and confirm your participation by October 1 2022.

For any questions, get in touch with the organisers by email:  yalta.initiative@gmail.com