IYA Kinshasa participates in second edition of International Agricultural Fair of Kinshasa
The IITA Kinshasa Youth Agripreneurs (IYAKIN) participated in the second edition of the International Agricultural Fair of Kinshasa (FAIKIN), 18-27 August. The 10-day forum brought together small- and medium-scale farmers and processors, scientists, agro-industrial companies, and financial and technical agencies. The main theme of this edition was “Innovate, Do and Invest in Agribusiness”.
FAIKIN is an annual event organized by the Provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Kinshasa and aims to achieve “food security, revitalize the agriculture sector, reduce poverty and malnutrition, and create jobs”.
IYAKIN participated in this fair to expose visitors and participants to the potential of cassava processing and cassava-based products, and to learn more on agribusiness from the youth in DR Congo. A conference on youth self-employment was organized as a side event daily. IYAKIN was invited to present its experience on agribusiness as an efficient means of youth self-employment and the creation of decent jobs. The conference provided an opportunity for various agriculture professionals to meet and discuss their different experiences and points of common interest.
Agriculture can boost DRC’s economic growth because the country has about 80 million hectares of arable land that can be used to produce food. Unfortunately, only 8 million hectares are actually used for agriculture and the country imports most of its food. FAIKIN also aims to expose business persons to the various opportunities that are offered in the agricultural sector of DRC.