Food University: Growing Africa's Field-to-Fork Value Chain

Food University - an entrepreneurial, demand-driven private and sustainable network of affiliated "campuses" across Africa all focused on improving the food security through delivering skills and applied learning to over one-million young people on every aspect of the food value-chain in over twenty countries.

Food University: Growing Africa's Field-to-Fork Value Chain

Food University seeks to certify 100,000 students per year, facilitate the creation of 100,000 sustainable jobs, improve prospects for five million young people in the food value chain, and contribute to building twenty profitable, catalytic agribusiness hubs by leveraging $400 million in investment and development funds.

Food University will develop talent across disciplines related to the “field-to-fork’ ecosystem. It will deliver skills, vocational training, licenses, and specializations through a network of partners operating online, on corporate and university campuses, and through applied learning on farms, in factories and in communities across Africa.

Content and curricula will be sourced from numerous partners, including African Universities, US-based Land-Grant Universities and Agri-business partners. Laureate International Universities will serve as a founding implementation partner. Collaborative partners and investors in Food University, from all sectors, will ensure that the curriculum and program requirements align with the technical and life skills, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and business and financial management competencies required for employment in the food sector.


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    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • ImagineNations Group

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

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  • Laureate International Universities

    United States | Staff size: 6-25

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  • Du Pont

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    Staff size: 10,000+

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  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. They aim to bring about development in a sustainable,...

  • MasterCard Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 51-100

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  • Alwaleed Philanthropies

    Staff size: Unknown

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  • Nando's

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    Staff size: Unknown

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  • Malawi Mangoes

    Goods Supplier
    Malawi | Staff size: 26-50

    Malawi Mangoes was founded in 2009 from the realisation that Malawi has some of the best conditions in the world for growing tropical fruit together with resourceful, hard-working people looking...

  • BXR Group

    Investment & Finance
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    BXR Group's investment philosophy is based on a partnership approach, working closely with highly motivated management teams and well-trained, incentivised workforces. BXR Group currently...

  • Agriterra Ltd.

    Goods Supplier
    Guernsey | Staff size: Unknown

    Agriterra's strategy is to become one of the largest agri-operators and leading food providers in Africa.

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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, Southern Africa, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 16.7 Million