Conference '13

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IHAV Conference 2013

IHAV organized its maiden project conference from the 24th to the 27th July 2013, bringing together 100 innovative and brilliant participants from about 10 different countries across Africa. The conference participants who were from countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Ghana were hosted at the Africana guest house, Legon.

The theme was Africas youth, agriculture and entrepreneurship. The participants were expectant and in high hopes for the conference, as this was the first of its kind, organized entirely by and for young people between the ages 18-28 years.

Top leaders and change champions from diverse fields in agriculture, business and government were present to mentor and challenge participants. They impacted into the participants the strong will to make it in Africa and be the transformational leader that Africa so needed.

Dr. Abu Sakara, guest speaker for the event, did not mince words on the way forward, and the need to get involved in community work. Mr.Philip Abayori, president of national farmers and fisherman award winners association of Ghana (NFFAWAG) was a guest speaker and pledged support for anyone who wanted to go into agriculture. Participants were put into ten groups and each group identified a societal problem and offered solutions to them, where they came up with implementable projects which should flourish and affect people within a year.

The Projects that the participants came up with will create employment for themselves and the communities in which the implementation takes place. It's been a success story because every participant is taking the idea of entrepreneurship back to his country to help reduce government dependency.

There was also a visit to some farms at Krobo- Odumase to enable the participants to appreciate agriculture more. Participants shared with us what they were doing in their own small way to push the new Africa agenda. The conference ended with closing remarks by Ms Christabel Ofori, the brain behind the conference. She showed her gratitude to everyone who came, for believing in the vision, and pushing to put it into action.