ZA: Afrika Tikkun Foundation seeks to develop the youth’s agri skills

The Afrika Tikkun Foundation’s mantra is to ‘train and develop SA’s youth for permanent participation in the agricultural economy through our one-year Agripreneurship Programme’.

This includes three to four months of intensive education at Afrika Tikkun Foundation’s farming academy north of Johannesburg, followed by nine months’ experience on commercial farms. This approach aligns with Afrika Tikkun’s ‘Cradle to Career’ philosophy, which aims to launch young people into a variety of careers, including ICT, retail, educational support and others.

Afrika Tikkun Foundation’s decision some years ago to start preparing the youth for careers in agriculture was visionary. This training includes the entire food chain. As primary production is not for everyone, Afrika Tikkun Foundation will place those trained individuals, who do not want to pursue a career in primary agriculture, somewhere else in the food supply chain, be it in food preparation, distribution or retail.

The outcome of the Agripreneurship Programme is the development of human capital for full and permanent inclusion in the agricultural economy of South Africa. This answers food security imperatives at a local, regional and national level. No other industry offers such a rich variety of careers to the vast numbers of unemployed.


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