During the break out, brain storming sessions at the Youth Agribusiness development initiative #YADI14, five groups were created and questionnaires were administered to them. One of the groups discussed on the lack of established agribusiness development initiatives to advance training vocation. Based on these topic, different answer were generated from the audience and these actually lead to a group settings for brainstorming over the existing responses from the audience. Some of the responses from the youth were: Inadequate government policies, Change in government or improperly conceived policies. This has to do with change in government, the situation whereby the existing government creates a policy that will favor the youth and another one come there about and decided to dis continue the existing policy.
There is also the mindset that Agriculture does not pay, due to low productivity though experience from their parents due to productivity not been quantified to meet market demand, lack of market information systems, Unlimited access to inputs (seeds, fertilizer, Agro Chemicals). Short Supply, Expensive and poor distribution system, lack or week M&E System. Skills and Frame work lacking. Production as not been quantified to meet market demand, limited access to inputs, poor social amenities, access to electricity, ware houses etc.
To effectively surmount this challenges and create viable solutions, there is a follow up session on this on day 2 – Thursday, 29th of May,2014 entitled: Formulation of objectives to address each of the problems listed. Join actively in this discussion from 14:30 – 16:00 (GMT +1) using the #YADI14 hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.
Blogpost by Adewuyi Gbemisola, IYA member and a social media reporter for the #YADI14