Gambia chapter of Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN Gambia) is to stage the
first ever award meant to recognise the efforts of enterprising youth in rural
Rural Youth Award 2017 (RYA2017) would be held at the Agricultural Rural
Farmers Training Centre in Jenoi, Lower River Region (LRR) on the 29th April
theme of the award is ‘WE NEED YOUNG PEOPLE IN RURAL AREAS: We need them to
produce, process and market the food that will feed the world."
event is being organised with the financial and logistical support of the
International Trade Centre (ITC) through the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)
The Gambia, European Union Trust Fund for Africa, the National Agricultural
Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema), and National Youth
overall aim of RYA2017 is to identify, promote and elevate successful young
women and men who, despite all odds, are channeling their creativities,
energies and passion to contribute in making a change their communities and
award would recognise and celebrate the efforts and successes of rural youth in
entrepreneurship in the areas of agribusiness and information technology.
would also showcase talented rural youth on entrepreneurship, agribusiness and
information technology and would also server as a platform to promote gender
equality and inclusiveness.
key expected outcomes of RYA 2017 includes supporting rural youth business
plans, providing 6 months mentorship for the awardees, supporting rural youth
with enterprise development opportunities, and supporting increased
agricultural production and productivity, access to markets and services.
Rural Youth Award committee believes that rural youth have a key role to play
in reversing the threats of agriculture, climate change, food security and
award is open to young Gambian men and women in rural areas within the areas of
18 and 35 years.
are open and any interested and eligible candidate can pick up a submission
form at GYIN Gambia office along Banjul-Brikama Highway at Churchills Town
during week days and at working hours.
1. Young Farmer of the Year
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Business Idea of the Year
Emerging Business of the Year
Information Technology Enterprise of the Year
Commercial Farmer of the Year
7. Young Agribusiness of the Year
Social Media Campaigner of the Year
9. Best Business Innovation of the Year
10. Young Business Partner of the Year
Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia) is a national youth
network operating across the country and has been implementing a number of
youth projects in the country.
July 24-31 2016, GYIN Gambia organised and hosted its first national youth
summer camp known as the Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Information
Technology (ELIT 2016) summer camp in which 45 rural youth ( 26 females and 19
idea for the first ever rural youth award-RYA stemmed from recommendations from
that National Youth Summer Camp held in Jenoi, Lower River Region of The
Gambia. One of the 11-point recommendations is to organise a Rural Youth Award-
celebrating youth in Entrepreneurship, Agribusiness and Information Technology.
The summer camp was supported by the National Agricultural Land and Water
Management Development Project (Nema) that is being supported by the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of
more information about the award, call +220 3938929/ 6181700/ 3546917/ 2502929/