Alphaxrd Gitau

Young Expert Youth in Agribusiness

Nairobi, Kenya

About Me

I am passionate about youth empowerment and their role in addressing food security in a climate change affected world.With the high levels of population globally, the need for more food production is rising rapidly and this provides a very noble opportunity for young people not only to contribute to food security but also to generate income and provide employment for themselves and others.

As a participant in the Young Expert Program, I am working on youth and agribusiness thematic focus at AgriProFocus Kenya with an interest on how to have more young people interested in engaging with agribusiness.

Skills and Expertise


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Posted 3 days 8 hours ago

Kenyan youth second in seeking side hustles in Africa


In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics./FILE

By MARGARET NJUGUNAH, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Kenya has the second highest number of youths with hustles at 40.8 percent, behind Nigeria at 44.4 percent according to GeoPoll Rapid.

In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics.

In Nigeria and Ghana, the youth are into less conventional sectors than those mostly associated with the youth such as ICT, entertainment and online businesses. In South Africa, Food & Beverage is the more popular side hustle for many youth.

The report – which focuses on millennials in Sub-Saharan Africa – seeks to find out what makes African Millennials tick, also found out that, on average only 37 percent, have side businesses.

Apart from

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Dorina Prech This is very interesting Alphaxrd Gitau. Could you share the link to the report too? Thanks. 

21 hours 21 min ago

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Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

Farming for Biodiversity Solutions Competition:

Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the global population grows, so too does the demand for food – requiring production increases and potentially even greater impacts on the environment. Widespread land use and agricultural practices must change to reduce these losses. Yet, behavior change in this field is often inhibited by lack of awareness of solutions and of biodiversity’s value for the agricultural sector.

Solution Search is designed to change that. Some innovative solutions have recently emerged that bring farming in harmony with the natural environments that surround. Some have increased the biodiversity of plants, animals, insects and more on the agricultural land itself. This contest seeks to identify, reward and spotlight those successful approaches. In doing so, Solution Search will also increase awareness of biodiversity, its value and the m

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Sarah Assefa Thanks for this, Alpha! Would it be possible to add the tags, Agroecology and the country Ethiopia on this post? Our Agroecology Innovation Community would be happy for this update! Best wishes, Sarah

3 weeks 15 hours ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Dear Sarah i am not sure how to do that but you could also maybe post it again and add the tags..

3 weeks 15 hours ago

Cibarani Cibarani Bonne chance, really engaging!

3 days 4 hours ago

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Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Young People and Agriculture in Africa

The economic, social, and political benefits of bringing together young people and agriculture in Africa are undeniable, but governments must overcome certain challenges before they can be achieved.

A month ago, I and other young entrepreneurs were invited by the World Bank to their offices in Nairobi to take part in this year’s celebration to mark the World End Poverty Day under the theme “Food and Jobs: Fighting Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture.”

The discussion that brought together other participants from seventeen African countries by video conference: young farmers, journalists, scholars and students pursuing agricultural courses brought to the fore the similarity in challenges that affect African young farmers.

The future of Africa is anchored in agriculture, as much as there may be a strong thriving sector in innovation and technology.

To fight poverty therefore, there is a dire need to promote sustainable growth

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Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Agriculture CS issues warning on looming food scarcity

The country faces food scarcity because a majority of farmers are “old and dying” while the youth are not taking up farming, the government warned on Monday.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said a survey of farmers in the country has shown that most are between 60 and 62 years old, which is a major concern since the country’s life expectancy is at 63.

The government, he said, had set aside Sh20 billion to support and rally youth into agriculture for the next five years to avert a crisis.

The government targets people in their 40s but youths will also be recruited, he said.


Mr Bett also noted that low levels of farm mechanisation had made agriculture labour-intensive and less attractive to youths.

He added that the sector was also grappling with challenges of high cost of production owing to costly inputs and low yields, limited access to affordable credit by farmers and land fragmentatio

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Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Youth in Cooperatives: Learning Conference

AgriProFocus in partnership with Agriterra convened a 2 day workshop in Nyeri that brought together 50 young people from 10 cooperatives who are Agriterra clients. 

The aim of the 2 day workshop was to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra discuss and draw action pl

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Sarah Assefa Hi! I am working on a project to mainstream GENDER in cooperatives in Ethiopia - but it is commingle really clear that one way that youth could be better engaged in agribusiness would be for them to be more involved in cooperatives (cooperative employees, or offering services to cooperatives...) some organizations are trying to push this. Some youth are also starting their own cooperatives - e.g., and I think it would be helpful for the work we are doing to learn more about concrete ways that youth can flourish in cooperatives! Cases, dilemmas, etc. would be super to have if you have them! Lets share! Thanks - Sarah

4 months 1 week ago

Sarah Assefa Eg - in Ethiopia, many cooperatives have membership of one person per household (usually the older male) so this is a challenge to youth and female participation in cooperatives here. In the youth cooperative linked to in the previous comment, they have a good thing going in Tomatoes, but really spend a lot and are challenged by pest management... knowing things like these can help us make recommendations (e.g. for coop by-law modifications or linking to pest management experts) that would assist youth to thrive in coops. Please share more! <3

4 months 1 week ago

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Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Agribusiness can generate wealth for Kenya farmers

From tea farming in the central region to sugarcane farming in the Western Kenya region, livestock keeping in northern Kenya, maize farming in the north rift and fishing in the Indian Ocean, smallholder producers face more or less the same hurdles to wealth creation.

The good news is that opportunities exist to make farming, including the small-scale types, a profitable venture for anyone. One of the ways of bringing shine to the much neglected sector is by adopting sustainable agribusiness.

Agribusiness is a broad area and covers the entire spectrum of food production with multiple players along the value chain.

It includes farming, the supply of various inputs, distribution, processing, wholesale and retail sales, research and development, marketing and financing as well as the end product: the food on the plate

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Posted 5 months 1 week ago

AGRIPROFOCUS AT AGRF 2016-NAIROBI, Kenya,05th-10th September

The just concluded African Green Revolution forum organized by AGRA dubbed "Seize the moment: Securing Africa's rise through agricultural transformation" from 05TH -10TH September 2016, brought together more than 1000 delegates from across the world. The participation was drawn from Academia and research, Private sector, Governments and development organizations. AgriProFocus was glad to be represented by our own Managing director Mr Sander Mager, Kenya Country coordinator Ms. Maureen Munjua, the Youth in agribusiness thematic facilitator Mr. Alphaxrd Gitau and our very own young entrepreneur"Trendsetter Elizabeth Mbogo of Botanic Treasures.

Together with the African Agribusiness Incubation network, AgriProFocus was privileged to host a session on how to promote and enhance Incubation of small business dubbed "scale and Alignment- Agribusiness Incubation"

Below are the various interventions and contributions from the entire te

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Dorina Prech Many thanks for sharing the highlights from the AGRF Alpha. There is certainly a lot that can be learned by our network members. We hope they join in the discussions of how to promote sustainable incubation programs in our work.

5 months 1 week ago

STEPHEN OBORE waooo thanks for the great presentation you put there. surely we me change makers and i know we are part of it as Agri Pro Focus

5 months 1 week ago

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Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

29 August 2016

Can mentoring boost youth participation in Kenyan agriculture?

by Justus Wanzala

Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy. Worth billions of dollars, it is responsible for the livelihoods of over 80 per cent of the rural population and accounts for 65 percent of the country’s total export revenue, according to the country’s Institute of Economic Affairs.

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Although agriculture accounts for 65 per cent of Kenya’s foreign export earnings, young people largely ignore the sector. A new mentoring scheme is hoping to change that.


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Posted 6 months 3 days ago

Youth in development: 'We're tired of being the topic, not the leaders'

Young people are already spearheading the social entrepreneurial movement across the world. My own first venture, which worked on rural solar/biomass-based electricity generation, was launched when I was 19. I faced some difficulties initially due to being patronised, and working with government officials and even private sector leaders was challenging. How can we make sure others don’t have the same problems? Shrey Goyal, co-founder and director, Sustainable Growth Initiative, New Delhi, India @ShreyGoyal @ThinkSGI

2 Make young people the solution not the problem

There are currently two ways the sector talks about young people – as the beneficiaries of “youth development” or as participants of “youth-led development” but a lot of the time it’s not clear whether as a group we’re being portrayed as the problem or the solution. Youth marginalisation now channeling young people’s energy to

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mary madonnah Quite an insightful read, I really liked the leaders meters they have in place to put leaders accountable for what promises they have. The speaker above is perfectly right, we keep talking about potential and forget that we can never eat potential, endless meetings with great presentations but as long as there is nothing on the ground, no progress will amount. i think the youth are ready to work, at least most of them are, but we need to be taken up,, to be supported. knowledge is not enough, we need some experiental element to it, real tools. For instance what he has mentioned on bigger enterprises mentoring startups, that's a brilliant idea. why not have the same case happen in kenya; we can easily become self sufficient in many goods once we take the large number of youth as an "opportunity to harness rather than a threat to tackle" as put again above. we need to stop talking statistics already and do something

6 months 3 days ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Totally agree Mary Madonna..

6 months 1 day ago

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Posted 6 months 1 week ago

Engaging Youth in Agriculture – The Key to a Food Secure Future?


(Image from Farm Africa)

Engaging youth in agriculture has been a prominent topic recently and has risen up the development agenda, as there is growing concern worldwide that young people have become disenchanted with agriculture.

With most young people – around 85% – living in developing countries, where agriculture is likely to provide the main source of income it is vital that young people are connected with farming.

Currently around the world we’re living in an era where rapid urbanisation has led to a decline in rural populations and for the first time ever the majority of the world’s population lives in a city. The UN World Health Organization predicts that “by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people” meaning that more young people than ever before are moving to cities and towns to fin

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Bernard Mugume Engaging Youth in agriculture is one of our core objectives at Focus Youth Forum Association(FYF)

6 months 1 week ago

Alphaxrd Gitau @ Bernard where are you guys based?

6 months 3 days ago

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Posted 7 months 4 weeks ago

Are you using the right practices for the future you want to create?

Disruptive innovation isn’t a problem to be solved. It’s a future to be co-created — and the only way to get to where we want to go, is to paint a picture of a world that pulls us forward.

I originally trained as an engineer, and at the core of everything we learnt was design thinking and problem solving. We were taught how to use our expertise to pull things apart, find problem’s, analyse options and provide solutions. And for most of my career as a sustainability consultant, I have unquestionably applied this thinking to almost everything I did.

But recently — I have been starting to seriously question the whole problem solving thing.

Why? After completing a Masters in Psychology, and studying Regenerative Development with Regenesis and CLEAR  — I have become increasingly aware of its limitations. Don’t get me wrong, problem solving has a useful role in the right context, e.g. if

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Eugene Ndwiga Quite strategic, reflective and insightful piece on the new paradigm that development professionals must adopt going forward!

7 months 4 weeks ago

Eugene Ndwiga Hi Gitau, did you finally post my finance appeal in the relevant platform?

7 months 2 weeks ago

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Posted 8 months 4 days ago

Africa’s Future Farmers

In order to face the food security and nutrition challenges of the future there is a need to develop the capacities of the next generation of agricultural producers, by identifying ways to engage and empower youth – both women and men. Approximately 90 percent of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 live in developing countries, where agriculture employs as much as 60 percent of the labor force, and yet the majority of youth do not currently see agriculture as a viable career path given the low productivity rates and the difficulties they know to have been faced by previous generations. Farming has always been associated with poverty and punishment from our  parents and grandparents.I remember when i was growing up anytime i failed my exams my parents told me they would take me to my rural home to dig.Anytime i failed in school my parents would threaten me that i would end up in the farm where people with no education goes to.

Cognizant of all

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Posted 8 months 1 week ago

Who will feed the Future?

There is a big sustainability gap in African farming. This is because, while a very high percentage of African farmers are old and aging (mainly above 60), the youth still have a tendency to shy away from farming and agriculture – at least not if they have other alternatives. More and more young people – especially the rural youth – focus on moving out from farming and rural communities to find “good jobs” in urban centres.

Arising from this trend is a question which many development organisations working in Africa and African governments are trying to understand how, or mobilizing resources, to tackle. That question is: who will feed the Africans of the future? During his keynote speech, at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week, Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AfDB) acknowledged that “young Africans are needed in agriculture to raise profitability (and innovations) in the sector.

That means, in addition to

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Alphaxrd Gitau The question that keeps popping on my mind is whether actually all young people should engage in farming or are they motivated to be farmers and if not what should be the ext step?

8 months 1 week ago

Chelangat Florence The challenges facing the youth are lack of funds for establishment and poor market prices due to brokers. What steps are being taken to ensure that the vast flactuation in market prices are met?

8 months 6 days ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Chelangat thanks so much for this response. I agree lack of finances and market access is among the many bottlenecks that face youth in Agriculture. Never the less i think this is a challenge that needs holistic approach and cannot be solved by only one person.Kindly feel free to write to me and we discuss more on what we as AgriProFocus is doing to help address such challenges.

8 months 5 days ago

Masua Mutua i feel that more youth should be engaged in agriculture. however, i don't think it's plausible that all the youth become farmers, we need them just as much in other actors. in any case if we are not making the current farmer base work adding more will not solve the problem. like chelangat has pointed out, markets and lack of finances have been consistent crippling barriers to productive farming. with markets, incentive is created to dig in agri-business ventures, and with capital one has the capability to start out and upscale when necessary. perhaps another need is training and community; many youths would enter a venture blindly, hurriedly pursuing something they feel that will earn them rushed profits. when these profits do not materialize, they get disappointed while the reason was that sound information was not sought before beginning the venture. in community, i feel that most of the youth are focused on improving themselves- we are selfish, we don't want to combine resources, we want to succeed alone. if we had community, person a would merge would person b and another to get a larger piece of land for farming, take advantages of economies of scale than they would if person a acted alone.

8 months 5 days ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Masua Mutua thanks so much for this feedback.Totally in agreement that not all of us should actually be farmers and not all of us necessarily have the capacity to be farmers nor entrepreneurs.Therefore we need to focus on those that have the capabilities, passion and capacities to be farmers. The question that we should answer is what are the innovative ways of doing all this?Kindly feel free to engage with the discussion further.

8 months 5 days ago

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Posted 8 months 1 week ago

KCB and Tuskys partner to lift youth in farming

The KCB Foundation and Tuskys Supermarket have entered into a strategic partnership to support contract farming for thousands of youths in agribusiness and offer at least 1,600 internship opportunities.

The partnership targets to benefit 12,000 youths across 22 counties in the identified value chains in agribusiness through provision of asset financing and working capital to enable the young farmers meet the needs of demand and supply.

Tuskys Supermarkets has committed to buy all the produce from the venture. “This project is meant to support youth entrepreneurship. We believe that the youth hold the greatest sway in the pace and trajectory that the East African economy will take into the future. We also acknowledge the great contribution agriculture makes to the national GDP and we are committed to supporting the sector,” said Jane Mwangi, the KCB Foundation director.
To further enhance this partnership, KCB Foundation

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Chelangat Florence I am interested in the programme. How can someone join?

8 months 6 days ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Chelangat i am not sure how to access the program but i will let you know in case i hear something on the same.

8 months 5 days ago

Chelangat Florence Thanks

8 months 5 days ago

Eugene Ndwiga Hi, Gitau, keep me too in the loop when you get the finer details

7 months 4 weeks ago

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Posted 8 months 1 week ago

No funds for agriculture research in the budget

June 10, 2016

By Agatha Ngotho @agathangotho 

Agriculture research has once again been ignored in the current budget.

Two years since the creation of the Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organization, the government is yet to allocate any funds for its operation and management.

Karlo director general Eliud Kireger said this has slowed down operations at the institute and is also demoralizing the staff. Their salaries are yet to harmonized after the merger.

“Karlo was upgraded to a higher lever from under the state corporation categories. The move comes with a new salary structure, but two years down the line, the government is yet to allocate money to the organization,” he said. Karlo was upgraded from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute.

Kari was categorized as PC 5A, while the Tea Research Foundation, Coffee Research Foundation and Kenya Su

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Janine Schoeman Hi, Maybe you can upload a smaller image? This one is almost as large as the text:)

8 months 1 week ago

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Posted 8 months 1 week ago

Young African Entrepreneurs Competition - RUFORUM 2016 Open Awards Competition

30 Jul 2016

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a Network of 55 Universities in 22 African countries. RUFORUM was formed by African Vice Chancellors with the vision for a vibrant agricultural sector linked to African universities that can produce high-performing graduates and high-quality research, responsive to the demands of Africa’s farmers for innovations, and able to generate sustainable livelihoods and national economic development. RUFORUM recognizes the need for greater youth participation in enterprise development and business incubation and through its member universities and partners has supported training and skills development. It has also supported start-ups through innovative financing mechanism of the re

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8 months 1 week ago

Georges Djodji Akibodé Merci Dame Elyse.Une information très importante, faisons en le maximum de partage

8 months 1 week ago

Alba Mande mwebare ba boys nabareeba

8 months 3 days ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Happy Christmass and New Year season 2017

2 months 2 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Hi Fortunatus MLYANDENA , happy to see you are very active on the forum but please don't put the same message under various posts. You can always post a general message in the stream. 

Thank you

2 months 2 weeks ago

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Posted 8 months 3 weeks ago


Our appointed youth ambassadors will establish their own dream teams. Together they will identify youth entrepreneurs who have been truly impactful in their local societies. The youth entrepreneurs will be selected based on creativity, innovation and contribution to the local society.

Find below the call for applications.

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Posted 8 months 3 weeks ago

Should we stop talking about “youth”?

16 May 2016

Youth and young people are becoming a hot topic among development donors and actors. But who exactly do these "labels" apply to, and are they too broad for effective policies? Or do they create too narrow a focus which is blind to larger structural issues?

Varyingly, "youth" are being identified as "at risk” – of unemployment, of marginalisation or abuses – or “as risk”, where they may engage in undesirable activities from crime to terrorism, armed violence or migration. However, there are also many calls to understand youth “as opportunity” (PDF), particularly in the context of Africa’s “youth bulge” and its promise of a vast demographic dividend.

A recent visit to the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and some great discussions with research colleagues there, brought some clarity into the interlinked promises and problems arising from development actors’ burgeoning interest in youth and work.

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Georges Djodji Akibodé Faut-il arrêter de parler de la «jeunesse»? 16 mai 2016 La jeunesse et les jeunes deviennent un sujet brûlant entre les donateurs et les acteurs de développement. Mais qui font exactement ces «étiquettes» s'appliquent-ils et sont-ils trop large pour des politiques efficaces? Ou bien ils créent un accent trop étroit qui est aveugle aux problèmes structurels plus importants? Varyingly, «jeunes» sont identifiés comme «à risque» - du chômage, de la marginalisation ou d'abus -. Ou «le risque», où ils peuvent se livrer à des activités indésirables de la criminalité au terrorisme, la violence armée ou à la migration. Cependant, il y a aussi de nombreux appels à comprendre les jeunes "comme une opportunité" (PDF), en particulier dans le contexte de la «poussée de jeunesse» de l'Afrique et sa promesse d'un vaste dividende démographique. Une récente visite à l'Institut néerlandais Royal Tropical (KIT) et quelques grandes discussions avec des collègues de recherche là-bas, a apporté un peu de clarté dans les promesses et les problèmes interdépendants découlant de l'intérêt croissant des acteurs de développement dans la jeunesse et le travail. De toute évidence, une meilleure compréhension des vulnérabilités et des besoins particuliers des jeunes sous-populations spécifiques est utile, et les efforts connexes devrait être bien accueillie. Mais si elle est appliquée à tort, un accent simpliste sur les jeunes (ou une étroite "lentille jeunesse") peuvent obscurcir plus qu'il illumine. Les raisons incluent des catégories qui sont, des besoins hétérogènes trop flous et quel manque de discussion «jeunes». Dans le contexte des questions autour des perspectives du marché du travail des jeunes, en particulier dans l'agriculture, dont les deux IDS et KIT travaillent sur, ceux-ci sont particulièrement saillants. Alors, qui sont exactement les «jeunes»? Jeunesse ou les jeunes sont tout sauf un groupe évident. Plus encore que les «femmes» ou «minorités ethniques», on ne sait pas à qui l'étiquette «jeunesse» s'applique. Les Nations Unies définissent généralement les jeunes de 15 à 24, mais aussi parfois jusqu'à 32 ans; l'Union africaine, quant à lui, comprend toute personne entre 15 et 35 pour être jeunes (PDF). Flynn et Sumberg signalent des initiatives d'épargne des jeunes ciblant les personnes jusqu'à 35 ans (PDF). Si où tracer la ligne est claire, que ce soit pour dessiner il peut aussi ne pas être clair. Étant donné que les estimations des trois quarts de la population africaine ont moins de 35, et que 40% de la population se situe entre les âges de 15 et 35 (PDF), est-il logique des politiques et des programmes pour cibler spécifiquement une population distincte «jeunesse»? Les politiques visant les «jeunes» impliquent souvent des «jeunes hommes» Ce grand un groupe extrêmement hétérogène. Par exemple, ce qui associe une minorité ethnique, peu alphabétisée, marié mâle petit agriculteur en Inde rurale avec un diplôme universitaire de troisième cycle qui cherchent un emploi formel dans une ville africaine? Est-ce qu'un parent et ménage de 21 ans avec un emploi décent ont des besoins en commun avec un seul chômeur de 30 ans, des femmes vivant avec des parents? «Jeunesse» ne peut pas être beaucoup d'un rassembleur pertinent. De plus, l'étiquette, et des politiques pour lutter contre l'emploi des jeunes en particulier, implique souvent: les jeunes hommes. Alors que la plupart des politiques et programmes font la différence, l'étiquette «jeunesse» se suggère souvent un sexe différent que "les jeunes femmes et les hommes». Pas moins à cause des identités qui se croisent, la catégorie «jeunesse» pourrait désinformer l'élaboration des politiques en suggérant l'homogénéité et distrayant à partir de marqueurs d'identité plus significatives et positionnements relatifs - peut-être le plus d'acuité le sexe, le lieu, le privilège ethnique et la classe économique. Combien de questions sont en réalité spécifique des jeunes (et ne fait pas partie d'un problème plus large)? Une autre question clé est de savoir si de nombreuses questions sont en fait propres à la jeunesse. Par exemple, si les problèmes relatifs au rôle des jeunes dans l'agriculture sont liés à des facteurs tels que le changement climatique, le manque d'eau, les marchés défavorables, ou d'exploitation basée sur la classe (propriétaires fonciers contre les travailleurs), une lentille de la jeunesse ne correspond pas. Il peut même attirer l'attention loin des problèmes structurels et les exacerber. Travailler sur des jeunes (manque de) d'accès au financement pourrait être contre-productif ou nuisible dans des contextes où les agriculteurs sont généralement déjà chroniquement endetté. Demander pourquoi les agriculteurs (peu importe l'âge) sont redevables, quant à lui, pourrait contribuer à résoudre certains des problèmes structurels qui se posent aux deux générations plus âgées et plus jeunes dans l'économie rurale. Peut-être la clé pour faire une agriculture plus attractive pour les jeunes rend plus attrayante globale. Sommes-nous simplement superposant, images eurocentriques du Nord de la jeunesse? conceptions allant de la jeunesse pourraient également refléter des hypothèses eurocentriques. Par exemple, devenir un adulte est généralement représentée comme un processus de la dépendance à l'indépendance; d'être prévue à fournir; d'être la responsabilité d'avoir la responsabilité. Cependant, beaucoup de jeunes enfants dans les pays en développement fournissent déjà économiquement et autrement la responsabilité dans leurs ménages, comme certains de la littérature plus critique "des transitions de la jeunesse" souligne. Imaginant le développement des jeunes dans, des agents indépendants (idéalement) autonomes pourrait faire peu de sens dans le contexte de très unie, les économies de la famille multigénérationnelles. Ceux-ci impliquent beaucoup plus interdépendances complexes et moins l'individualisme que les petites unités familiales du Nord. Il existe un risque de politique jeunesse instrumentalisation Les jeunes sont souvent considérés comme des agents ou des navires pour le changement. Les praticiens du développement se concentrent souvent sur les jeunes pour obtenir des résultats particuliers, de l'adoption des TIC, à l'absorption des soi-disant produits financiers modernes et les «bonnes habitudes financières» (PDF), ou la transformation de la société par l'esprit d'entreprise. L'instrumentalisation est très frappant dans certaines parties du discours de l'agriculture, où les craintes que les jeunes peuvent quitter les communautés agricoles se connecter avec des préoccupations sur la sécurité alimentaire. Certaines politiques et programmes visent donc à maintenir les générations futures sur le terrain, en ignorant souvent des obstacles rencontrés par les agriculteurs de toutes les générations (y compris l'exploitation par les propriétaires fonciers, financiers et entremetteurs; volatilités des prix; terres insuffisantes, ou les risques liés au climat). Un accent sur les jeunes pourrait engendrer des politiques qui privent les jeunes de leur agence et aspirations, qui peuvent inclure être le premier à laisser des professions souvent abusives et financièrement ingrates. Les jeunes vies ne comptent ... Comme les jeunes constituent une proportion importante de la population dans les pays en développement, il est très important que les programmes et les politiques soient appropriés pour eux - pas principalement par crainte qu'ils peuvent par ailleurs se joindre à des gangs, combattre les guerres civiles, ou traverser la Méditerranée. Il est bon si les décideurs et praticiens du développement à développer un oeil plus vif pour les questions variées que diverses, auxquelles les jeunes dans différents pays sont confrontés. ... Mais doivent être mieux compris. Toutefois, pour des raisons dont celles ci-dessus, l'objectif de la jeunesse sur les problèmes de développement comporte aussi des risques. Les bonnes politiques comprendront non seulement en employant le concept de «jeunes», mais aussi démêlage et problématiser, avec une réflexion plus le long des lignes, par exemple, de «Comment faire en sorte que les jeunes femmes mariées, rurales issus de milieux défavorisés peuvent participer, et profitez de cette intervention? ", et moins" Comment pouvons-nous mettre l'accent sur cette jeunesse? », ou« Comment pouvons-nous amener les jeunes dans l'image? ". Image: Un conducteur de la Mogadishu Taxi Company attend un tarif extérieur du siège social de l'entreprise dans la capitale somalienne. La société, selon l'un de ses pilotes, permet également des possibilités d'emploi pour les jeunes de la Somalie après deux décennies de conflit dans le pays de la Corne de l'Afrique qui a brisé une génération.

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Thanks to Agriprofocus Uganda and partners. The ''supa'' youth in agribusiness camp was amazing and provided a great opportunity to network, learn and share.

Thank you.

Isaac Ssekatawa Thanks Agriprofocus for that opportunity to network. The tour to Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) was amazing. I believe Skilling the youths is the only way to curb on the youth unemployment in Uganda.

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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems’ Youth Strategy 2014-2017: Engaging Youth in Innovative Agricultural Development

©FAO/Giulio NapolitanoWhy is it at times more rewarding to involve today's youth in innovation to improve agricultural livelihoods than to work with previous generations?

A significant part of the reason stems from the rapid changes taking place in today’s globalized world that is typified by migration, urbanization, technological innovation, increasing educational levels and aspirations, and the IT and social media revolution linking youth to global information and change movements.

CGIAR Youth Strategy - Setting a precedent

This Youth Strategy is the first to be issued within the CGIAR system, setting a precedent that may stimulate serious attention to this critical stakeholder group among other CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). It may also contribute to inspire joint efforts with other partners to engage youth in innovative agricultural developm

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Georges Djodji Akibodé Programme de recherche du CGIAR sur la stratégie Dryland Systems jeunesse 2014-2017: la mobilisation des jeunes dans le développement agricole innovant. Pourquoi est-il parfois plus gratifiant de faire participer les jeunes d'aujourd'hui en matière d'innovation pour améliorer les moyens de subsistance agricoles que de travailler avec les générations précédentes? Une partie importante de la raison provient des changements rapides qui ont lieu dans le monde globalisé d'aujourd'hui qui se caractérise par la migration, l'urbanisation, l'innovation technologique, l'augmentation des niveaux d'éducation et les aspirations, et l'IT et de la révolution des médias sociaux reliant les jeunes à l'information et de changement des mouvements mondiaux. Stratégie jeunesse GCRAI - Créer un précédent Cette Stratégie de la jeunesse est la première à être publiée dans le système du GCRAI, créant un précédent qui peut stimuler une attention sérieuse à ce groupe d'intervenants critique parmi d'autres programmes de recherche du CGIAR (CRP). Elle peut également contribuer à inspirer les efforts conjoints avec d'autres partenaires pour engager les jeunes dans le développement agricole innovant. La stratégie a été élaborée grâce à un processus multipartite participative qui a été lancé dans le genre et Stratégie de Jeunesse Design Workshop (Malawi, 20-21 Septembre 2013). Elle attire également des discussions riches au Systems Dryland First Sciences et Réunion de mise en œuvre (Amman, Jordanie, le 30 Juin-4 Juillet 2014). spécialistes du genre comme Jennie Dey de Pryck (Forum mondial sur la recherche / Gender in Partnership Agriculture agricole), est l'auteur principal de ce document avec des contributions précieuses de jeunes professionnels pour le personnel de développement agricole Courtney Paisley et Marina Cherbonnier Genre et Jeunesse selon l'approche La jeunesse et en particulier les jeunes femmes ont longtemps été mis de côté dans l'élaboration des politiques. Cependant, les jeunes plus que jamais doivent devenir des engagés dans la prise de décision, la conception du projet et la mise en œuvre des programmes agricoles innovants. Le programme de recherche du GCRAI sur les systèmes Dryland stratégie jeunesse 2014-2017 est ancrée autour de deux mandats de systèmes Dryland. La première est la jeunesse, qui est l'un des quatre thèmes transversaux: genre, la jeunesse, la biodiversité et le renforcement des capacités; et l'autre concerne la cinquième des six résultats du développement intermédiaire (IDO 5), qui est consacré à l'égalité des sexes et de l'intégration des jeunes. Le programme de recherche du GCRAI sur la stratégie de genre sur les systèmes Dryland offre une approche d'âge ventilées pour identifier et répondre aux besoins des jeunes. Élaboration d'une stratégie jeunesse - facultatif? L'importance de la construction d'une stratégie pour la jeunesse repose sur la volonté de traiter les jeunes des questions spécifiques telles que l'exode rural et le chômage des jeunes. De même, il représente la première étape pour trouver des moyens d'attirer et d'avoir les jeunes impliqués activement dans la lutte contre les défis du vieillissement global de la population active agricole. La lutte contre la sécurité alimentaire mondiale, les défis de la nutrition et de la construction d'un avenir durable, exige la nouvelle génération à devenir des agents de changement dynamique dans l'agriculture. Cela ne peut se produire lorsque les acteurs locaux, nationaux et mondiaux se rendent compte du rôle crucial qu'ils doivent jouer, grâce à des politiques et des plans de jeunesses appropriées, pour permettre aux jeunes de libérer leur plein potentiel. Sans les efforts et l'engagement de toutes les parties prenantes concertées, cette stratégie de la jeunesse aura un peu plus de morceaux de papier. "Depuis le GCRAI marche sur une nouvelle terre, cette stratégie représente un document vivant, à élaborer et enrichi à la lumière de nouvelles perspectives et d'expériences entre de nombreux partenaires et intervenants du GCRAI, ainsi que le processus de réforme du GCRAI en constante évolution." Cliquez ici pour lire le programme de recherche du GCRAI sur la Stratégie jeunesse Systems Dryland Related Posts La recherche et l'éducation dans l'agriculture et la production alimentaire sont essentiels pour la sécurité alimentaire Pour lutter contre la faim, Inspire jeunesse Session Interactive Student: Apporter Nouvelles perspectives sur les biotechnologies agricoles MyFood30: Growing agroalimentaire les talents de demain "Dragons" exhorter les jeunes à prendre les rênes du pouvoir

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