Youth in agriculture

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 21 September 2018 at 08:07

Uganda's Agriculture does not appeal to Youth?

Online discussion

We invite you to join in on our online discussion happening now on HangOuts on reasons why 'Uganda's Agriculture does not appeal to youth'. 

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Rolf Schinkel Looked like you had a good and lively discussion. Next time I try to join you timely.

3 months 3 weeks ago

Mugisha Richard Yes, the debate is generating very good ideas on how we could interest youth to agriculture.

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 July 2018 at 03:05

Access to correct financial information would accelerate agribusiness in Kenya: Lessons From SNV partners Day

“Romance without Finance has no chance”  This quote from Rodger Frank founder of innovara captured the mood and theme of the SNV Partners day event. To me the quote explains why young people have shunned away from agriculture. From the era of our grandparents, agriculture in Africa was considered what Dr. Akinwumi Adesina calls a social sector. It was only good for keeping the family going as children were encouraged to go to school work hard get job probably in the City in order to save the family from poverty. This thinking contributed greatly to the state of affairs in the Agriculture sector.

Young people including myself deserve a better life hence the fear of engaging in what has been termed non productive social sector -Agriculture , we have to make money to sustain a family otherwise we are condemned to eternal agony of poverty. Therefore, for young people 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 November 2017 at 11:17

Beyond Temporal Resilience: Why we need to change tact on youth involvement in agriculture

The world population is estimated to be over 9 billion by 2050 with the greatest challenge being food insecurity. With this encroaching danger, efforts by global bodies led by the United Nations to solve the problem have been enhanced. However, I am afraid the effort is not bearing fruits as expected.

Of importance to me is the role of youth in establishing sustainable and resilient agricultural projects. Resilience happens when we are able to put a human face to development interventions- FAO. According to Africa Agenda 2063, Youth and women have been given a prominent role in establishing and sustaining economies in Africa through agriculture. This has also been echoed by the United Nation.

Although there exist new valuable knowledge, technology and skills to help in enhancing productivity in agriculture; either adoption rate has been slow or communication of information has failed.

While attending a con

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 August 2017 at 09:44

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Master educated young women back to village to start organic farming

Apni Olivia Naibaho, 34 years old, quit job in capital city to start organic farming. She founded Siantar Sehat in 2013 and now work with 6 other female farmer to produce organic vegetables and processed vegetables into healthy snack. Two Months a go, Siantar Sehat has launched its apps to make consumer easy to buy the healthy organic vegetables.

Apni Olivia Naibaho, a young female farmer from Pematang Siantar, North Sumatera is one of our Young Agripreneurz Ambassador 2016 finalist and been honored as most dedicated participant. Before become a farmer, she is graduate from master program in one of university in Jakarta and used to work in capital city for years. During that time, whenever she come home to Pematang Siantar, she looks at the way of farming that all the farmers in her region done : using pesticide and chemical fertilizer massively. This way of farming affects the products qual

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Betul Mas, belum banyak yang berkomentar, perlu distimulasi terus. Untuk edukai anak usia sekolah namun tidak terintegrasi dengan sekolah, salah satunya sudah diinisiasi oleh Daeng Jamaluddin Dg Abu

1 year 5 months ago

Farida Mahri di cirebon kami dari Yayasan Wangsakerta  berusaha mengenalkan pertanian kepada anak2 di usia dini, bekerjasama dengan guru/sekolah, namun belum dilakukan secara reguler.

1 year 4 months ago

Latifahtun Nisa menginspirasi dan menambah semangat :)  apakah bisa share kontak mbak apni ?

1 year 4 months ago

AgriProFocus Indonesia Hi Mbak, ini kontak Apni

1 year 4 months ago

Apni Naibaho Hi Mbak Latifahtun, salam kenal dari Apni :)Ini no hp plus WA: 081382681534.

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 May 2017 at 08:48

Thank you to everyone who has responded on our survey so far - and if you'd still like to answer we'd be delighted!


Kind regards,


Anne Marie Kortleve Good to hear you received responses! If you have final results, I'd like to hear them here as well!

1 year 8 months ago


Diskusi Publik Regenerasi Petani 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  25 April 2017, 09:00-12:30
  Bakoel Koffie, JL. Cikini Raya No. 25 Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

Pertanian Indonesia menghadapi persoalan serius, tak hanya terkait problem daya dukung lingkungan yang semakin menurun, lahan yang terus menyusut, pasar yang tak seimbang namun juga degradasi petani. Setiap tahun jumlah petani terus menurun. Sementara generasi muda sedikit sekali yang terjun didunia ini. Data BPS menunjukkan hanya 12 persen dari total petani yang ada saat ini yang berusia dibawah 35 tahun. Sisanya merupakan petani tua. Hal ini dapat berpengaruh terhadap pembangunan perdesaan dimana pangan diproduksi serta ketersediaan pangan di masa yang akan datang.

Sehubungan dengan itu, Koalisi Rakyat untuk Kedaulatan Pangan (KRKP) bersama Oxfam di Indonesia dan KAIL yang tergabung dalam kelompok kerja Youth and Farming di jaringan Agriprofocus Indonesia menginisiasi kampanye regenerasi petani sebagai bentuk rekomendasi dari hasil kajian regenerasi petani bersama Kajian Strategis dan Kebijakan Pertanian (KSKP) IPB sebelumnya. Kampanye yang dimaksud adalah Pemilihan Duta Petani Petani Muda

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 20 March 2017 at 06:44

Nothing for the youth without the youth!

How many youth-related conferences have you been to where youth issues are being articulated by an older generation? For me, there have been so many I have lost count.

That’s why being at the Young Africa Works Summit 2017 was a breath of fresh young air. This Summit was a departure from the norm in four key ways:

The Youth Delegates

Fifty young people were invited to attend the conference either as speakers, delegates or session panelists and even more were attendees. At a Summit of more than 300 people, young people were well represented in a number of diverse roles.

The Keynote Addresses

Imagine being at an event where keynote addresses are delivered by young people and they introduce their peers. Now stop dreaming because that was the reality at the Young Africa Works Summit.

Youth co-hosts Laetitia Mukungu, Founder of Africa Rabbit Centre and Rita Kimani, the Co-founder and CEO of FarmDrive introduced the keynote speakers, three youn

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Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 13 March 2017 at 03:08

AgriProFocus Presence at Mastercard's YAW Summit to Promote Engagement of Youth in Agriculture

On February 16 and 17, 2017, the Young Africa Works Summit was held in Kigali, Rwanda. This Summit was organized by the Mastercard Foundation in support of YPARD. The AgriProFocus Ethiopia office had the chance to attend this invitation-only meeting where AgriProFocus’ activities in the area of youth engagement in agriculture were displayed and connections with interesting partners were made.

According to Mastercard Foundation, “Africa is the world’s most youthful continent. Each year, over 11 million young Africans are entering the job market — but not the workforce. Today, the continent is facing a double employment crisis: both a lack of jobs for youth, and an increasing number of young people in need of work. Agriculture, the largest sector of employment in Africa, promises opportunities for job growth and economic prosperity. But transforming into a modern, sustainable and profita

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 January 2017 at 12:21

Deadline Applications for the BlueMoon Incubator Program for YOUTH Innovative Agribusinesses Extended to January 11

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 28 November 2016 at 06:57

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 fragmentation

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 28 June 2016 at 05:48

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 you w

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

2 years 6 months ago

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

2 years 6 months ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 22 June 2016 at 09:32

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 the factors, combating

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 16 June 2016 at 09:31

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 add

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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?

2 years 7 months 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?

2 years 7 months 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.

2 years 7 months 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.

2 years 7 months 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.

2 years 7 months ago

Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 14 June 2016 at 07:52

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 revolvin

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2 years 7 months ago

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

2 years 7 months ago

Alba Mande mwebare ba boys nabareeba

2 years 6 months ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Happy Christmass and New Year season 2017

2 years 1 month 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 years 1 month ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 30 May 2016 at 07:12


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.

Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 30 May 2016 at 06:51

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. Cl

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 19 May 2016 at 11:42

A growing, vibrant online and on the ground network : YPARD 2015 Annual Report

Since its inception, YPARD has grown rapidly, demonstrating the need and value that young professionals see in a youth focused network.

This is moreso reflected in the recently released YPARD 2015 annual report which takes into account all the activities YPARD community has been involved in for the last one year.Among these notable activities include;

Communication both Online and Offline

In the last one year, YPARD national representatives have made waves in their countries, mobilizing youth in agriculture, focusing action on specific issues and making their voices heard. As of the report publication, YPARD membership spread across the globe has 11, 621 registered members from 187 countries. But not all young people are online a situation that YPARD Sri Lanka representative has taken note of. She brings the offline youths printed copies of the YPARD newsletter while in Armenia the message is spread th

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