AGCO a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment has entered into a partnership with Kenya’s Strathmore University for a training program that will develop the skills, leadership and strategic expertise in the agriculture sector.
The launch of the new AGCO Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ) at Strathmore University was done on 6 March 2018 and was witnessed by AGCO Global Senior Vice President Asia-Pacific & Africa, Mr. Gary Collar – who was visiting Kenya for the first time- together with Mr. Nuradin Osman, Vice President and General Manager, AGCO Africa.
Twenty students have been enrolled on this brand-new program which 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.
Mr Gary Collar described the launch as “an important day for agribusiness education in Africa and I warmly congratulate our new students on gaining their places on the program.”
He said that 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.”
Students enrolled in the programme describe it as “unique”.
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,” said AAQ participant Ernest Muchai.
A 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.
“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.”
The company is best known for providing farming solutions and making farms more productive and more profitable across the globe.
While the name AGCO may not be that familiar to most people, brands like Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra and Challenger are very well known; and although the company is based in the US, 57% of its 2016 turnover came from the EMEA region (Europe/Middle East/Africa). By 2016 AGCO’s turnover was $7.4 billion.
For more information on the AAQ, visit https://goo.gl/uW9if6