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FANRPAN Participates in Regional Workshop on Engaging Youth in the Implementation Phase of the CAADP Transformation Agenda
17 May 2013


The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) was represented by its Youth and Women Programme Manager Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba at the recent FARA organised “Regional Workshop on Engaging Youth in the Implementation Phase of the CAADP Transformation Agenda”. The workshop which was held at the FARA offices in Accra from 08 – 10 May 2013 drew over 40 young people passionate about agriculture.

The Workshop brought together youth, youth leaders, and policymakers including CAADP Country Team Leaders to articulate a workable strategy for effectively engaging youth along the implementation phase of the CAADP. Most of the participants were country representatives of the Young Professionals for Young Professionals in Agricultural Research for Development an established youth who’s Africa network brings together key youths in agricultural development in Africa.

The workshop was very interactive with a combination of power point presentations and guided discussions in plenary sessions. Outcomes of the plenary and panel discussions were captured and key messages and recommendations developed to be finalized in a communique which will feed into the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week 2013 which takes place in Accra from 15-20 July 2013.

Key messages from the meeting highlighted the need to involve youth in agriculture at all levels, to change the negative perception of agriculture, to make full use of ICTs and other technologies in agriculture, to introduce and/or intensify agriculture in the school curriculum as from primary level, to have a cross-sectoral approach to finance agriculture in education, to provide incentives to youth engaged in agriculture, to provide training and capacity development opportunities, to improve access to resources such as land, water, capital, infrastructure.

Furthermore there was a call for governments to have a good information system, relevant practices and market-base present in community and surrounded areas, to facilitate networking among youths in Agriculture through YPARD Africa and other agriculture-related youth organisations, to institutionalise youth engagement with CAADP/KIS by supporting the creation of regional and national youth coalitions in Agriculture and to re-design agricultural curricula by agricultural schools/colleges/institutions.












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