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My experience as AGCO‘s Africa Ambassador at Africa Summit 2015

Written by: Jean Kaahwa, AGCO Africa Ambassador 2015

AGCO Africa Summit 2015On the night of 16th January 2015, I said warm goodbyes to my immediate family and they wished me all the best in Berlin, Germany. As I set off to the airport I kept having flashbacks of my journey in the agriculture sector from the time when I was dreaming of turning that idle swamp into a productive fish farm, how the dream materialized, my growth in the agribusiness sector and eventually heading to Berlin as AGCO‘s Africa Ambassador for 2015.

I travelled from Uganda via Istanbul and was received warmly by a gentleman in Berlin. I was amazed at the beauty and scenery of the city that met me. At the hotel I bumped into Sue Musunga Chuzu, who was AGCO‘s first Africa Ambassador in 2012, and I immediately felt at home.

I later met the warm and friendly AGCO team and AGCO Africa Ambassador 2014, Joy Jelimo Chelagat as well. Joy and I toured Berlin together the next day and also visited the Africa Summit venue.

On the morning of the 4th AGCO Africa Summit I was nervous. However, I received some encouraging words from Mr. Nuradin Osman, Managing Director Africa and Middle East of AGCO, and Dr. Amrita Cheema, one of the moderators of the conference, just before the program started.

Looking at the conference agenda made me feel like I had to listen to every word spoken as I found the topics and presentations practical, applicable and contextual for the smallholder farmers like me in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Youth in Agriculture’ Song for a New Generation of Farmers

More young Africans will be looking at a future in farming thanks to a catchy new song – ‘Youth in Agriculture’, written and performed by the MEGA Fame Foundation from Ghana.

The song also features in a striking and lively music video that made its debut to an enthusiastic audience at the 2ndAGCO Africa Summit in Berlin in January. Filmed with full support and resources of Massey Ferguson’s Audio Visual team at AGCO’s Model Farm near Lusaka, Zambia, it shows the band performing with help from young farm staff and village children.The catchy tune and memorable lyrics aim to convey the Youth in Agriculture message that that a country’s health and development largely depend on farming and by taking an active role in farming young Africans can help in the fight against hunger. Massey Ferguson, which has been at the forefront of African farming developments for many generations, shares the same principles, and is proud to support the MEGA Fame Foundation.