The MBC Fellowship prepares the next generation of agribusiness managers in Africa. High performing youth interested in the agricultural sector are put through a rigorous one-month foundation learning focused on developing practical managerial skills and a five month work placement in a high-growth agribusiness.

The Fellowship Program has two goals:

The first is to address technical and management gaps limiting agriculture SME growths, through the capacity building of targeted young leaders from business schools, agricultural colleges and other professional institutions/sectors. These young leaders are to be trained and coached to become business development advisors or future managers that drive improvements in agribusiness SMEs.

Attract youth to the sector by exposing them to opportunities in agribusiness and change the image of the sector for young people in West Africa region. 

 

Foundation Learning

After a rigorous selection process, qualified applicants now known as fellows receive a one-month, intensive pre-placement Foundation Learning training. 

This intensive training assists fellows to develop essential skillsets in;

  • Personal Development

  • Business Knowledge

  • Good business and management practices

This is achieved through our customized courses, interactive sessions and carefully selected facilitators to promote the right learning atmosphere for fellows during the training.

 

Field Placement

The Fellows are then matched with host agribusiness SMEs for their field placement to put into practice what they’ve learned and also gain concrete industry experience. The host businesses are either current or past participants of our Accelerator Programs. 

The Fellows assess the current performance of the business, perform a diagnostic of the management areas that are deficient and need to be improved, design a customized action plan, and support the business managers/leaders in implementing it. Fellows intervene within the businesses to improve management areas that typically include accounting and financial management, engineering, market development, operations and processes, business development and linkage to financial intermediaries. 

We have successfully organized three fellowships in Ghana and two in Cote d’Ivoire totaling 90 fellows.

MBC Africa manages the Fellowship Program in partnership with different stakeholders involved in the agriculture sector including MBC clinic participants.

The Fellowship program has so far seen three cohorts in Ghana since August 2014 to November 2017 and two cohorts in Cote d’Ivoire since February 2017 to November 2017; recording a total of 90 young fellows.

 

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