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 space. In her opening address, FANRPAN CEO Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda reiterated the organisation’s commitment to step up youth involvement.