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Engaging African youth in agricultural policy frameworks
22 March 2012

FANRPAN played a crucial role at the international conference on Young People, Farming and Food which took place in Ghana (19 - 21 March 2012). One of the topics under the spotlight is Youth engagement in agricultural policy dialogue.

This conference, co-hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), examined:
  • How young people engage with the agri-food sector in Africa as producers, entrepreneurs, employees, consumers and citizens
  • Changes in the agri-food sector and what this means for young people
  • The implications for young people of alternative policy approaches to the development of the agri-food sector.
FANRPAN's Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba addressed the theme "Advocating for active engagement of the youth in agricultural policy development". FANRPAN has been exploring opportunities for the youth to actively engage in the food value chain.

Ms Mwamakamba noted that youth knowledge in ICT and new media can be harnessed for the development of agriculture, especially in the Comprehensive Africa agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and issues of climate change.

She however observed that engaging the youth in policy dialogue will first involve documenting the evidence of youth involvement in agriculture.

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