The 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’.
The 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 Council (NYC).
The overall aim of RYA2017 is to identify, promote and elevate successful young women and men who, despite all odds, are channelling their creativities, energies and passion for contributing in making a change their communities and societies.
The award recognises and celebrates the efforts and successes of rural youth in entrepreneurship in the areas of agribusiness and information technology.
RYA2017 also showcases talented rural youth on entrepreneurship, agribusiness and information technology and would also serve as a platform to promote gender equality and inclusiveness.
The 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.