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Strathmore Business School starts First Training Program for Africa’s Junior Management for Agricultural Value Chains in Partnership with Top Fortune 500 - AGCO

Publish date:2017-10-05

Dr. George Njenga, Dean Strathmore Business School, Mr. Nuradin Osman, the Vice President and General Manager of AGCO Africa, Dr. Andy Wilcox – Harper Adams University and Simon Mwangi, Founder, The Bridge Africa; signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 25th September 2017 with Strathmore Business School to start a Training Program for Africa’s junior management for agricultural value chains.

As the first training program to focus on Junior Management for Agricultural Value Chains, the program is being launched at a time when the demand for agriculture to produce more food from less is driving the pace of change in farming practices in Africa.

Strathmore Business School will be the lead partner in the AGCO Agribusiness Qualification scheduled to begin in March 2018. “Through this partnership, we are confident that we have the capacity to meet the needs of the Agricultural sector. The program will integrate both theoretical and industrial relevance to address the current trends in the sector,” said Dr. George Njenga.

“The biggest challenge we are facing in growing our business in Africa, is the inadequate talent in the sector. For instance, we operate in 45 countries in Africa, but unfortunately, 80% of our employees are of European descent. This has been furthered by the poor representation of the industry, which is often, embodied through the image of an elderly small scale farmer. This narrative must change if our youth are to embrace the various facets of the sector,” remarked Mr. Nuradin Osman.

The two-year agribusiness programme will be delivered in SBS in Nairobi, Zambia and South Africa and will initially target youth aged 20-30 years who upon successful completion will be considered for potential job opportunities within AGCO and the agricultural supply chain in Africa. Other partners who will be playing a vital role in the program include Harper Adams University in the UK and The Bridge Africa.

For More Information Contact:

Grace Ndungu

Director- Agribusiness Programs - Strathmore University Business School

Email: gkariuki@strathmore.edu | Office Tel: +254 710438539

 

About Strathmore Business School

Strathmore Business School provides training programs on business, agribusiness, public policy, healthcare and education.  The center for agribusiness currently has 8 executive training targeting investors in various value chains as well as the master of management in agribusiness. Strathmore Business School seeks to enable investors develop practical business applications in agribusiness and provides a platform for the investors to generate a return on their investments while addressing the challenges facing the agricultural sector.  SBS captures these themes in one business concept: Developing Great Business Leaders. This is in perfect harmony with the founding principle of Strathmore University: that of leading society to greater development through service to all people without discrimination. 

http://sbs.strathmore.edu/executive-education/agri-business-management-programs/

About AGCO Corporation

AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions and supports more productive farming through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® precision technologies and farm optimization services, and are distributed globally through a combination of more than 3,000 independent dealers and distributors in more than 150 countries. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., USA. In 2016, AGCO had net sales of approximately $7.4 billion. For more information, visit http://www.AGCOcorp.com.

The Bio of Mr Nuradin Osman, Vice President and General Manager, AGCO-Africa

Mr. Nuradi Osman has been the Vice President and General Manager of AGCO Corporation since January 2017. Before that he was leading the Africa and Middle East Operations for AGCO Corporations since 2011. Mr. Osman joined AGCO in May 2005 and prior to his current position he also served as the Special Assistant to AGCO’s Chairman and CEO, Martin Richenhagen and the Senior Staff and was based in AGCO’s Headquarters in Duluth, USA. He was then promoted to the position of Global Inventory Director, while his responsibilities for the Chairman and Senior Staff Continued. In 2011, Mr. Osman took the position of AGCO’s Director Operations for Africa and Middle East and relocated to the EAME Head office in Switzerland. In 2014, Mr. Osman was ranked among the top 100 Economic Leaders of Tomorrow. In 2013 Mr. Osman was recognized for his leadership talent and awarded the Tutu and Oxford University Fellowship Award to Africa Leaders. With his recent promotion as the Vice President and General Manager of AGCO- Africa, Mr. Osman relocated to Johannesburg SA where AGCO is opening its new Regional Headquarters.

 

 

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