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FANRPAN hosts Youth in Agriculture Dialogue
11 March 2013



FANRPAN through its South African Node Host, National Agricultural Marketing Council hosted the first of a series of Youth in Agriculture Dialogues. The purpose of the dialogue was to disseminate findings of a case study conducted by FANRPAN in partnership with the South Africa Commercial Agri Youth Chamber (CAYC) on current and emerging Youth Policies and Initiatives with a Special Focus on Links to Agriculture. The dialogue was attended by over 50 participants representing youth organisations, relevant provincial and national government departments and organisations, donors and non-governmental organisations working on youth empowerment issues.

The dialogue interrogated three themes from the study:
  • Youth Perceptions of Agriculture versus Reality
  • National Policies as Key Drivers; are there opportunities for youth
  • Institutions & Mechanisms for Youth Engagement
The aim was to come up with concrete actions to take the process forward of realising some of the recommendations made in the study.

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda addressed the dialogue, urging the youth to claim their space in the agricultural sector as they are the future and have the responsibility of feeding Africa's growing population. She told the participants that, Africa is capable of feeding itself, what is needed is the right policies in place, therefore youth involvement is critical.

The dialogue platform was also used to share youth experiences and stories, with Raelene Rorke from Spring AGE, a dynamic youth organisation sharing their work and experience in agriculture. Mr Philemon Mathebula with the Directorate: Sector Education and Training at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries also shared their work on Youth internships and youth development programmes. The National Emergent Red Meat Producers Organisation presented their farmer training and mentorship programmes.

The NAMC will present outcomes of the national dialogue in the form of a policy advisory note to the South African government and relevant policy makers.

Dr sibanda at the SA Youth Dialogue
Dr sibanda at the SA Youth Dialogue
Youth in Agriculture Dialogue
Youth in Agriculture Dialogue
Youth in Agriculture Dialogue
Youth in Agriculture Dialogue
Participants in session
Participants in session
Perceptions breakaway session
Perceptions breakaway session

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