Agripreneur 2.0 programme launched | Tunisia News Gazette

Agripreneur 2.0 programme launched

Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Samir Taieb launched on Wednesday the agricultural entrepreneurship programme “Agripreneur 2.0.”

Initiated by the Ministry in collaboration with The German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) and the Agency for the Promotion of Agricultural Investments (APIA), the programme aims to reinforce self-employment and agricultural entrepreneurship in rural areas of Tunisia’s northwest and centre-west regions.

Taieb said during the event that “an information and awareness caravan for rural youth about the Agripreneur 2.0 programme started on Wednesday from the ministry and will last till March 20, in 27 delegations in 7 governorates (Beja, Jendouba, Kef, Siliana, Kairouan, Sidi Bouzid, and Kasserine).

The goal is to meet with young men and women aged between 18 and 40, graduates and non graduates, in order to encourage the development of creative ideas for the achievement of start-ups in the sectors of agricultural, agri-food and related services.”

The minister pointed out that the specificity of this project is that it targets the youth who are adept in the use of computers, new technologies and digital applications. It encourages them to mobilise their knowledge in the achievement of agricultural projects. It is an approach that is part of the principle of positive discrimination for the benefit of regions and regional development.

Matthias Schnier, entrepreneurship and rural employment advisor at GIZ, indicated that the project consists in raising the awareness of 10,000 persons to the entrepreneurship spirit via this caravan and in discovering about 2,000 project ideas, half of which can potentially be supported.

“Out of these 1,000 projects, 250 will be retained and will benefit from the GIZ support and supervision (training, coaching, incubation, etc.), until the ideas get materialized into real projects,” he added.

Taking the floor, regional director of Tunisia-Libya GIZ Matthias Giegerich said that GIZ always targets youth in their various actions as they are the actors of change within a country at short, medium and long terms. He laid also emphasis on the importance of pushing Tunisian youths towards the agricultural sector, as this activity needs to be rejuvenated and modernized.

The Agripreneur 2.0 project which will be funded by German government by means of 15 million dinars, is part of the sustainable agriculture and rural development promotion project (PAD II), achieved by GIZ in partnership with the Department of Agriculture.

Source: TAP News Agency

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