As the workshop draws near, with the major aim of fighting the issue of unemployment in Africa, AfDB, AGRA, IFAD, IITA and other CGIAR centers have identified the major objectives of the workshop; (1) Brainstorm and encourage innovative thinking on how to directly engage the youth in more diverse and productive roles in agriculture, (2) Identify strategies for the empowerment of rural youth in agriculture based on tailored pathways that offer opportunities in agribusiness, local service provision, and market-oriented agriculture, and (3) Develop the Pan-African Youth in Agribusiness program.
The participants expected to take part in the workshop include some Agricultural ministers, High-level officials of 20 African governments, representatives of region institutions such as the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and sub regional research organizations (ASARECA, CORAF, and CCARDESSA), collaborating partners from CGIAR and other international research institutions such as AfricaRice, ICARDA, IFPRI, icipe, and ILRI, representatives of some private enterprises, non-governmental organizations and YOUTH AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEURS who are believed to be the major stake holder in the forum.
Since the event is targeted at the Youth, it is expected that:
- Engaging youth in entrepreneurship for agricultural transformation in Africa can succeed by bringing resources to bear on a consistent strategy for the long haul supported by regional policy advocacy and policy leaderships pear-headed by IFAD and AfDB agriculture and education sectors.
- The program will aim to increase the income of 1.0 million youth by at least an additional US$450 every year as a result of training in agribusiness that allows a doubling of production,processing, and marketing of major stable crops that include cassava, banana, soybean and horticulture, and livestock(poultry and fish) over a period of five years in selected impact zones across the continent.
We will indeed like to hear from you during the conference period (28th – 30th May, 2014) and beyond. Tweet your questions, suggestions and comments on Youth involvement in Agriculture and Agribusiness using the Official hashtag: #YADI14.