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The  African Diaspora entrepreneurship ecosystem is rapidly evolving across Europe. Despite this growth, entrepreneurship remains a challenging and precarious endeavor, especially for entrepreneurs of migrant origins. The success of entrepreneurs does not only rely on tangible support but also hinges on having the right mindset, which makes the mental health of  entrepreneurs very important.

Unfortunately, there is limited information addressing the intersection of entrepreneurship and mental health,  focusing on entrepreneurs with migrant backgrounds in Europe. Recognizing this gap, Food Bridge vzw, in collaboration with Arteveld University of Applied Sciences, has developed a concise survey targetting entrepreneurs within diaspora communities in Europe.

This sample survey aims to gather valuable data and insights that will contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between entrepreneurship and mental health. By participating, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to help shed more light on their unique challenges and the specific types of support they need. The main goal is to have an environment where mental health considerations are integral to the success and well-being of entrepreneurs.

We encourage you to take a few moments to complete the survey and also share it within your network. Your input is valuable and paves the way for a more informed and supportive entrepreneurship ecosystem for people from diaspora communities in Europe.

Survey in Englishhttps://forms.gle/MwyiDcaUosWZLkTF7

Survey in French- https://forms.gle/fqvuxLVe7dXsWzer7

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The just concluded 7th African Diaspora Agrofood Forum provided inspiration, knowledge, and collaborative potentials for participants and partners. The event brought together diverse stakeholders including development agencies, government officials, entrepreneurs, who are playing vital roles in shaping the future of African Diaspora Agrofood entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Reflecting on the discussions and shared expertise, we extend our thanks to all participants who contributed to the success of this forum. The discussions held at the forum further reinforced the need for a multistakeholder input in the agrofood sector, thus opening up opportunities for the African Diaspora entrepreneurs active in the sector. Moreover investing in the agrofood sector, not only boosts food security but  can also help drive economic growth, reduce poverty, and promote inclusive development in different countries. These keypoints were also noted in the contributions of the panelists from FAO, IOM, ENABEL and others.

The forum also highlighted the importance of creating an enabling environments for African diaspora entrepreneurs, to grant them access to financial support for their businesses. By having access to funds,more entrepreneurs will be empowered  to scale their operations, thereby contributing to the growth of the agricultural sector. 

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Participants at the ADAF23 also recognized the importance of having access to local, regional, and international markets for African produce. Creating these avenues for profitable  trade can enormously boost the income of entrepreneurs. if the major challenges creating barriers to market entry are removed, it will pave the way for sustainable growth and economic empowerment.

The  participants of the 7th African Diaspora Agrofood Forum, have the collective responsibility to bring the positive change needed  in Africa's agrofood sector, which is the key to achieving the SDGs. The insights, commitments, and collaborative spirit  showed during the forum, provides a solid foundation to build future partnerships. Together, we have the power to change the narrative about the African Diaspora entrepreneurship ecosystem. 

A full report of the event will be published soon. 

Here are links to other publications about the event - https://ethiopianembassy.be/the-embassy-partakes-in-the-7th-africa-diaspora-agro-food-forum-exhibition/

 https://paepard.blogspot.com/2023/10/7th-african-diaspora-agrofood-forum.html

 

 

 

 

 

The Helping Hand Project

In collaboration with Kwabre Ne Sekyere Belgium,Mfantesman vzw,Voice of Women International, Kente FM and other African organizations, we are organizing "The Helping Hand project",is an action started in 2016, aimed at feeding the homeless in the Brussels area. We are in need of volunteers to help with the cooking, packing and distribution of food to the homeless and needy. We are also still looking for sponsors for this project. We do not accept funds but prefer sponsorship in the form of donations of desired food items, food packaging materials. if you are interested in giving a helping hand, contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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