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Africa Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ)

Applications are now open for the 12-month Africa Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ) program in South Africa, starting in September 2021.

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Making a Difference through Agribusiness Education!

There remains a disparity between the nutritional needs of Africa’s ever-growing population, the vast opportunities available in the agricultural sector, and our ability to leverage on them.

How can we ensure that Africa has safe, sustainable production systems in place to feed our population? One of the biggest challenges hindering agricultural development in Africa is inadequate skills and knowledge.

To help close the gap, the Africa Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ) program aims to equip participants with the right range of skills and knowledge to impact the agricultural sector. Program participants will be:

  • Empowered with the best-in-class innovative farming practices, technical training, enterprise management and leadership skills.
  • Introduced to the latest mechanization, technology and innovations to advance agri-food systems and promote good practice of agriculture.
  • Trained on agricultural policies and commercial agriculture to address food security challenge.

About the Africa Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ)

The AGCO Agriculture Foundation, together with AGCO in Africa, and program partners – Gordon Institute of Business ScienceHarper Adams University and Cerealis Technology Institute – is offering emerging African leaders a unique technical training, sales skills and agribusiness program free of charge.

The purpose of the 12-month, part-time program is to provide high-quality training to participants who are passionate about food security, nutrition, and agribusiness value chain enterprise, and want to contribute to Africa’s growth and development by building sustainable agriculture-based enterprises and agro-industry.

AAQ Program Brochure

Program Modules

Modules will consist of virtual lectures (theory), and/or practical training. The 12-month program will consist of the six modules below, and a technical session.

CORE SUBJECT PROVIDER
Module 1 Ethical Leadership, Personal Development & Introduction to Business GIBS(Online delivery)
Module 2 Enterprise, Marketing & Business Skills GIBS (Online delivery)
Module 3 Farm Business Management and Policy GIBS (Online delivery)
Module 4 Crop Production Systems, Nutrition & Protection Harper Adams University (Online delivery)
Module 5 Agricultural Science Harper Adams University (Online delivery)
Module 6 Introduction to Digital & Precision Agriculture Cerealis Technology Institute (Residential)
ELECTIVES (Technical)    
SALES TRAINING    
Module 1 Sales and Customer Service Harper Adams University, AGCO (Online& Residential)
TECHNICAL TRAINING    
Module 1 Hydraulic Power for Agricultural Machines Harper Adams University, AGCO (Online& Residential)
Module 2 Electrical Power for Agricultural Machines Harper Adams University, AGCO (Online& Residential)
Program Timeline

Program Timeline

Key Dates:

  • Applications Close: June 11, 2021
  • Notifications of Shortlist: June 25, 2021
  • Interviews with Selection Committee: June 28 - July 16, 2021
  • Send out Letters of Acceptance: July 19, 2021
  • Confirmation of Acceptance: July 30, 2021
  • Program Start Date: September 1, 2021
  • Graduation Date: August 2022

Selection Criteria & Process

Applicants who meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply for the program:

  • Minimum Matric or equivalent (NQF Level 4) with a proficiency in English and math, and computer literacy
  • Must hold a South African ID or Work Permit
  • Minimum of three years’ work experience in the agricultural or an allied industry, including involvement with agricultural projects through NGOs and government projects.
  • Work experience within a sales or technical environment will be an advantage
  • Commitment to the part-time one-year programme

Applicants will be selected by a committee based on the listed criteria, quality of answers provided to each questions. The selection process also includes interviews and other necessary background checks.

The 20 finalists selected will be invited to participate in the 2021 cohort of the AAQ program in South Africa.

Partnership Structure

The Africa Agribusiness Qualification program is fully funded by the AGCO Agriculture Foundation and implemented by AGCO Corp. in Africa through the Gordon Institute of Business Science and Harper Adams University and Cerealis Technology Institute.

Testimonials

Learn how the AAQ program equipped the graduates of the first cohort with the tools, skills and knowledge needed to make a significant impact in the development of Africa’s agriculture industry.

John Agboola

AAQ Cohort 1 Graduate

“The AAQ program was a life-changing learning experience for me as it provided me with invaluable knowledge on the technical, business and science of agriculture. Another exciting thing about the AAQ program is the diversity of partners and the series of farm training activities, which enabled me to acquire knowledge on tractor operation, crop establishment and farm mechanization.”

Sharon Waswa

Sharon Waswa

AAQ Cohort 1 Graduate

“AGCO, through the AAQ program, has not only built my competence in agribusiness but also given me the opportunity to effectively revolutionize agriculture, in particular Africa’s agricultural sector. Through this program, I have been contributing towards achieving food security in Africa in line with the UN’s second sustainable development goal: Zero Hunger.”

Wallace Thoya

AAQ Cohort 1 Graduate

The AAQ program allowed me to experience the fast-paced business world where people work smart to solve the problems of farmers feeding the world. I enjoyed the mentorship by the best AGCO Managers, Lecturers and Coaches at Strathmore Business School, which inspired me to greater pursuits in my agribusiness ventures. The AAQ program was a life-changing experience; my profound gratitude goes towards AGCO Corporation for the training.

Dorcas Jepkorir

AAQ Cohort 1 Graduate

The AAQ program provided me with invaluable exposure and experiences, which allowed me to hone my technical and professional skills and expand my network. Through this program, I was able to better understand African agri-food systems and the role of agricultural mechanization to drive sustainable food production. Overall, the AAQ program was a game-changer in my professional career as a young African woman.

Daniel Kivuu

AAQ Cohort 1 Graduate

Through the AAQ program, I was able to undertake different modules such as crop science, farm business management and accounting. The knowledge gained from classroom lectures, fieldwork and work placement has equipped me with the skills to run a successful agribusiness enterprise and contribute to the African food security agenda.

Apply to the AAQ Program Today

Ready to apply to the AAQ program? Fill out the application form below with your information and written responses to a few short answer questions. The deadline to apply is June 11, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

For further inquiries about the program or application, contact AAQ@agcocorp.com

What is the Africa Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ-2)?

The Africa Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ-2) is a program that seeks to address technical skills development in the African agricultural sector in order to ensure sustainable agriculture development .The program is targeted at participants who are enthusiastic about contributing to Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 of the United Nations. It is funded by the AGCO Agriculture Foundation, implemented by AGCO in Africa, and hosted by the Gordon Institute of Business Science in partnership with Harper Adam University and the CEREALIS Technology Institute.

Is the course accredited?

Yes, part of the program delivered by the GIBS is accredited. Further Education and Training Certificate - Generic Management (NQF 4).

How much does the course cost?

All tuition fees, accommodation and subsistence during in contact training are covered by courtesy of the AGCO Agriculture Foundation.

Will I receive any remuneration during the course?

No since this is a part-time program, participants will not receive any remuneration.

What are the entry requirements for the course?

The following are the eligibility requirements for applicants:

  • Minimum Matric or equivalent (NQF Level 4) with a proficiency in English and math, and computer literacy
  • Must hold a South African ID or Work Permit
  • Minimum of three years’ work experience in the agricultural or an allied industry, including involvement with agricultural projects through NGOs and government projects.
  • Work experience within a sales or technical environment will be an advantage
  • Commitment to the part-time one-year programme

Can I apply to attend the course if I live outside South Africa?

Due to the hybrid nature of course delivery including practical training in South Africa, only residents of South Africa are eligible to apply.

Latest News

AGCO Agriculture Foundation Launches Africa Agribusiness Qualification Program

May 25th, 2021

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