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AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO) (www.AGCOcorp.com), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, and its partners celebrated the launch of the new AGCO Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ) at Strathmore University in Kenya on 6 March 2018.
Twenty students have been enrolled on this brand-new program which is focused on developing the skills, leadership and strategic expertise to drive African agricultural prosperity.
The AAQ is a joint effort between AGCO, Strathmore Business School (SBS) in Nairobi, Harper Adams University in the UK and Kenya-based The Bridge Africa which runs programs to prepare graduates for employment. The qualification delivers an accredited two-year agribusiness program for students aged 20-30 who already hold a degree. On completion of the course, successful candidates may have the opportunity to join AGCO and its partners.
Welcoming guests to the launch event, Gary Collar, AGCO Senior Vice President and General Manager Asia-Pacific and Africa said: “This is an important day for agribusiness education in Africa and I warmly congratulate our new students on gaining their places on the program. The AAQ was initiated by AGCO as a direct response to attract and develop young talent in the crucial agribusiness sector. Together with our partners, we are making a long-term commitment to address the management skills’ shortage. We are determined to foster the expertise required to work successfully in the agricultural supply chain and tackle the current recruitment challenges our industry faces here.”
Chief Guest at the breakfast launch event at SBS was the Hon. Zeinab Hussein, Permanent Secretary for Post Training & Skills Development, Republic of Kenya, who spoke with students enrolled on the course.
AAQ participant Ernest Muchai remarked: “This program is unique as it has a wealth of experience behind it. I’m interested in enhancing productivity and using technology in agriculture so the AAQ is ideal. The opportunities available in agriculture are massive - not just for people interested in farming but for people who can offer services that farmers can benefit from.”
Fellow student Sharon Waswa adds: “Agricultural mechanization is the missing link between small-scale agriculture and commercial agriculture. By taking part in the AAQ, I hope to be able to help to bridge that gap. The only way that Africa can be transformed is through agricultural sector and this is where the opportunities are.”
The AAQ course syllabus has wide scope covering areas such as agricultural mechanization, leadership skills, business management, agricultural science, marketing and farm management. To provide essential on-the-ground, practical experience for students, the program includes workplace modules with AGCO and its business partners.
Commenting, Nuradin Osman, AGCO Vice President and General Manager Africa, said:
“The AAQ program is a catalyst for change in the agribusiness sector across Africa. We are all very proud and excited to see our vision for a new qualification become reality and wish our new students every success in their endeavours.”
For more information on the AAQ, visit https://goo.gl/uW9if6
To view a video of the students talking about the course and their aspirations for African agriculture, go to https://goo.gl/s9fMQr.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of AGCO Corporation.
Since 1993, Paul Biya has established mushroom universities across the national territory as showmanship rather than an intentional act aimed at providing solutions to the myriad problems that Cameroon face on a daily basis.
Ask Biya or his self acclaimed Professors to give the mission and Vision statements of the various state glorified primary Schools tagged Universities and see the embarrassment in their faces?
There isn't any state university that was founded on the foundation of a solid vision and mission statement.
Mission and vision statements are fundamental blue prints that are conceived as fundamental guiding principles that constantly rudely remind those managing it and its students of the purpose of being in that university.
So long as our universities won't cease being certificate mills, the graduands shall continue to be worthless institutions that weren't created to provide answers to questions but a problem creating institutions.
How can our universities continue to be
Theorists whereas the world today is gradually becoming practical inclined so that graduands can hitch freely inter grade into the mainstream society?
So long as our graduands aren't provided the leeway to become free thinkers, then our universities will continue to be empty and irrelevant structures where junk headed persons are awarded empty certificates.
The Electoral Commission of Elecam has published the list of candidates and the list with the majority carries the day. The Electoral Commission of the Elections Cameroon has just published the list of retained candidates for the March 25 Senatorial election. Following the list of 42 deposited by nine political parties by nine political parties that indicated their willingness to participate in the Senatorial election, only 36 were retained and 5 were rejected.
The Social Democratic Front, the main opposition party has withdrawn its list from the Central Region. The list of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement and her ally,UNDP of Bello Bouba Maigari had retained their list in ten regions. The Social Democratic Front of John Fru Ndi shall contest in 5 regions: Adamawa, Centre, Littoral, North West, South West and West. ANDP( The National Alliance for Democracy and Progress of Hamadou Mustapha has been retained to contest in four regions (Far North, Littoral, South and South West) The CDU ( The Cameroon Democratic Union) of Adamou Ndam Njoya is retained to present candidates in( Littoral and West) UPC( Cameroon's People's Union) The emblematic political party is contesting in two regions ( Centre and Littoral) The National Salvation Front of Isa Tchorima Bakary another ally of the CPDM is contesting in the North.
UDP and UMS that aren't represented in the senate are presenting candidates only in a single region, that is in the North West for UDP and West for UMS. MRC of Maurice Kamto sees it as a miscarriage of justice and chasing of shadows because the present sociopolitical climate does not support such masquerade taking place tagged elections.
It's the only political party represented in the National Assembly that has opted for a boycott of the elections. It should be recalled that the senatorial college had been summoned for the 25th of March, 2018. The Senatorial election in Cameroon only vies for 70 seats as the president of the Republic has the latitude to appoint 30 persons to make up the 100 senate chamber.
This announcement was made by the President of the Moroccan Football Federation, after meeting with the President of the Normalization Committee of the Cameroon Football Federation, Dieudone Happi. Fouzi Lekjaa, the President of Moroccan Football Federation held a press conference besides Dieudonne Happi, the President of the normalization committee on the 6th of March, 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco.
This press release to the media came after the meeting of the two presidents during a symposium on Female football in Africa under the auspices of CAF, that held in Marrakech, Morocco. In his discourse, Fouzi Lekjaa affirmed the unflinching support of the Moroccan football federation and Government to facilitate the hosting of the African Nations Cup by Cameroon.
" We are hereby openly declaring our unflinching support to Cameroon to enable her successfully host the 2019 African Nations Cup. This buries the rumour that Morocco was ready as host should Cameroon falter" Once more the Moroccan Football Federation stands by the Cameroon Football Federation and shall do all within its depositions to assist Cameroon to organize a memorable football tournament 2019.
A lot of media houses had announced that Morocco was a potential candidate to replace Cameroon in case of its inability to meet with the time frame as stipulated by CAF. It's now believed that a lot of financial lobbying had taken place between Morocco and Cameroon in order that Cameroon should support the candidature of Morocco to host the World Cup by 2026. Nevertheless Dieudonne Happi showed his open joy to his host,,indicating the fraternal relationship between the two Federations.
The Presidential candidate of a coalition of political parties whose ambition is to create a favourable platform that can guarantee the possibility of joint ownership of landed property. If voted, Akere Muna has promised that things will be settled as far as landed property is concerned. This promise was made on Tuesday in Yaoundé, during a meeting with women and maidens, selected across the social strata of the nation.
In perfect harmony with himself, dressed in an attire so simple that meets the occasion, Akere Muna responded to all the questions that were asked. Some of the questions were related to the numerous cases of social injustices faced by the woman folk and most importantly the maiden. Women are often denied the right to own landed property, especially in Cameroon. According to Akere Muna, this problem is " as a result of bad governance,lack of political will and overt corruption" in the nation. According to Akere Muna, this phenomenon should be treated as a priority in order to protect the most underprivileged. " in case of expropriation on landed property, it should be established in the first place that she has such rights as well in such expropriation exercise to be indemnified" The problem is in the political system which is stinkingly corrupt and damaged by bad governance.
On paper one can be requiring 10 hectares of land but gets 15hectres, meaning that the 5 extra hectares are sold out to some other person. One can convert someone's landed property and make it his through fraudulent manipulation of expropriation exercise and that becomes history. There is a lot of such stories in Kribi. In order to construct a route, it's imperative to carry out a lot of analysis and geotechnical findings. However it's true that the route can pass through landed property that demands indemnification. This was seen during the Chad- Cameroon pipeline project. Properties were seen that acquired for expropriation. Therefore our major problem is corruption , according to Barrister Akere Muna. In Cameroon, expropriation is practiced by those who are in need of expropriation such as mineral resources, infrastructural construction.
The indemnification is granted according to the function and the quality of investment located on the piece of land. The expropriation is calculated according to the size and the amount can be cheap or expensive. Lots of Cameroonian cities have been subjugated under this phenomenon of expropriation. Such is the case of cities of Douala, Yaoundé, Bamenda, Bafoussam or other villages equally expropriated at the same rates as in urban centres. The solution as proposed by Akere Muna is"We should tackle this problem of natives and settlers that is mounting unnecessary pressure on how to define the status of a city. How do they bury their dead? How much of their landed property is left unused as of now and how can it be protected? There is the need for a political plan that truly favours a veritable protection of landed property that is patrimonial to the community.
I believe that in such villages, there is still land that needs to be reserved as community land. I shall provide the finances so that the population can establish a community reserved patrimony, so that the returns from it can be used to refund the finances that were used to obtain it and use it for other developmental projects .
In the long run the village become the owners of the land and as such the notion of joint ownership is developed. This permits villages to be able to raise funds for their respective development projects, thus building their subsistence capacity that protects them. This equally shall help check unwanted conflicts within families, neighbors and villages. As a consequence of such trivial conflicts, families have been divided and thus communities become fragile" Equally on that same Tuesday, Muna talked on education and the entrepreneurship of the Cameroonian woman and many other issues.
The political aspirant of the coalition of four political parties such as ( The Alliance of Progressive Forces,The National Front for Development, The National Patriotic Party of Cameroon,and the Socialist Party of Cameroon) This coalition intends to make a contact tour of the South West Region and this is expected in the days ahead.