Generation Food: more job opportunities for young people and safe food

Already raised € 1.300
Requested budget 2023 € 80.000
Project information
Project code
Agriculture & Food industry
The cities Mbale (+100.000 inhabitants) and Gulu (25.000 inhabitants)
Project duration
1 year (2022-2023)


Unemployment among Ugandan youth is sky-high. Every year, 400,000 youth enter the labor market. They must compete for about 9,000 available jobs. At the same time, food security in and around the cities is under great pressure, due in part to overuse of pesticides and poor handling of crops. Consequently, there is a scarcity of safe affordable food for families.


The NGO Rikolto therefore encourages young people to start their own food business according to sustainable & safe principles. And that through coaching, mentoring and feedback on business plans and ideas.


Guiding 400 young people who want to set up their own agri-business. There are 3 concrete initiatives: a hackathon*, a Generation Food bootcamp and a Generation Food business incubator.

Why OVO believes in this project

Generation Food focuses first and foremost on entrepreneurship, helping to solve the problem of safe and affordable food in Ugandan cities. At the same time, there is a unique partnership with OVO through which the strongest projects are picked up for OVO's SusTech4Africa accelerator program.

Social impact

Generation Food targets young women and men between the ages of 18 and 35. A total of 400 businesses will be involved. The project aims to attract at least 50% women and 30% of the entrepreneurs must be from rural areas.


* Hackaton = a 2-day event where young people come up with creative solutions to the food problem in small teams.

Co-funding sought via OVO
€ 40.000
€ 80.000
  • Sustainable
  • Safe food
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Young people
  • Entrepreneurship

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