Commercialising the Agro-Industrial Sector Through a Youth Driven Approach

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Associated center for agro-based development (ACADES) is a membership based association of youth in agribusiness registered with the government of Malawi under the Trustees Incorporations Act. The association was established with the aim of promoting youth growth and development in agribusiness through skills development, empowerment, capacity building, resource mobilization, networking and policy advocacy. Since its inception ACADES has grown into that largest membership-based association of youth in agribusiness in Malawi. Our membership comprises of individuals, youth clubs and youth organization working on various activities within various agriculture value chains.

 

ACADES promotes opportunities that support, connect, and grow youth in agribusiness and the association strives to provide a platform where the youth are challenged to be more actively engaged in agribusiness as a lifetime career. The association envisions a society where youth are active, productive, financially independent and driving the social economic development of Malawi through agribusiness.

OUR VISION

 

ACADES envisions a vibrant, productive and youth driven agricultural and agro-industrial sector

 

OUR MISSION

 

Our mission is to promote opportunities that support, connect and grow the youth in agribusiness through skills development, policy advocacy, resource mobilization and networking .

CORE VALUES

ACADES believes in ;

  • Transparency and accountability in service delivery
  • Competency, professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery
  • Integrity and independence
  • Recognition and respect for other involved stakeholders

 

OUR MANDATE

 

To develop the youth into productive and financially independent citizens driving the social-economic development of Malawi through agribusiness

 

THEMATIC AREAS

 

  • ACADES focuses its services on the following thematic areas;
  • Irrigation and Mechanized Agriculture
  • Agro-processing and Value addition
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Youth Empowerment

 

 

 

WHO ARE WE?

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THEORY OF CHANGE

 

ACADES foresees a country where the youth are proactive, financially independent and driving the social economic development of Malawi through agribusiness. ACADES recognizes that the desired level of change can be attained by addressing the major challenges that hinders youth entry, growth and development in agribusiness. ACADES therefore centers its services towards addressing the critical barriers that make agribusiness more challenging for the youth. ACADES looks at agribusiness as set of activities within various agricultural value chains from planning, production, processing and transportation to marketing. The organization thus works towards addressing the key challenges affecting the youth at each stage of the respective agricultural value chain.

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