Kosmos Innovation Centre (KIC), with funding from the Mastercard Foundation, has collaborated with five universities to expand its programme across five regions in Ghana.
KIC, it was gathered, will be working with University of Ghana, University for Development Studies, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, University of Cape Coast and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to implement the AgriTech Challenge and incubation modules of KIC’s programme portfolios.
According to the nonprofit, the universities will support implementation of the modules in Greater Accra Region, Northern Region, Upper West Region, Central Region, and Ashanti Region.
The four-year collaboration seeks to target three million young people, particularly women, to secure employment that they see as dignified and fulfilling by 2030.
World Bank, in a 2020 report, said Ghana was faced with 12 percent youth unemployment and more than 50 percent underemployment, both higher than overall unemployment rates in sub-Saharan African countries.
The bank warned that despite major investments by both government and private sector, the challenge would intensify if job opportunities remained limited.
‘Our collaboration with the universities allows us to reach more young people to increase our impact agenda of building more entrepreneurs for the agricultural sector’, Executive Director of KIC, Benjamin Gyan-Kesse, said at the signing ceremony.
‘By introducing young people to the agriculture value chain and the career opportunities available, young people will have more exposure to the industry and discover the interest to pursue a career in agriculture’.
For his part, the Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Professor Gabriel AyumTeye, said, ‘It has always been the vision of UDS to get students to take entrepreneurial programmes seriously, as that could be a game changer in their lives and career journey.
‘Because we believe in entrepreneurship, we have initiated entrepreneurship programmes on campus in addition to the business incubator operations’.
He further said that the collaboration with KIC would expand the opportunity for young people across the country.
Source: Ghanaian Times
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