|Youth, the future of African agriculture
|The youth is paramount in agricultural development
FANRPAN identified the youth as a special
stakeholder group that is to be nurtured and
included in the work that FANRPAN does. This
initiative was prompted by the realisation that
20 percent of the African population is between
the ages of 15 and 24.
Looking at the African agricultural landscape it
is quite a glaring sight that the youth is absent
and those that are holding the forte are ageing.
FANRPAN, with the support of the Technical
Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation
dedicated the 2011 FANRPAN High Level
Regional Policy Dialogue to the youth, under
the theme 'Advocating for Youth Engagement
in the Agriculture Value Chains.'
In this regard FANRPAN wanted to explore
ways in which the youth could be brought into
the agriculture policy arena, give the youth
a voice and a chance for them to claim their
In her opening address, FANRPAN CEO
Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda reiterated the
organisation's commitment to step up youth
"We will ensure that the youth is part of
decisions about the future of agriculture in
Africa as they are the generation that will
have to ensure that the continent's growing
population is fed," says Sibanda.
This newsletter reports on some of the
activities that took place during the regional
dialogue and other agriculture activities
involving the youth.