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FANRPAN Tanzania Node Convenes National Youth Policy Dialogue
26 June 2013













The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and with its Country Node, the Economic Social Research Foundation (ESRF) convened a National Agricultural Youth Policy Dialogue on the 14th of June, 2013 at the ESRC Conference Hall in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The objectives of the dialogue were to disseminate the findings of the study aimed at identifying spaces and opportunities for developing national “youth and agriculture policies” within agricultural policies. The dialogue was also meant to validate the findings of the study on the participation of the youth in agriculture and to make appropriate policy recommendations on how the youth can be supported and incentivized to be actively involved in agricultural and agriculture related activities.

The dialogue was attended by 63 participants representing youth organisations, ministry of agriculture, private sector companies, agriculture youth associations, farmers and university students. Some key organisations that were represented included the United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO), Voluntary Services Organisation (VSO), the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre and members of the Sokoine University’s Graduate Entrepreneurs’ Cooperatives (SUGECO).

The meeting was officiated by Professor Hermas J.M. Mwansoko, Director of Culture Development, in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports and Dr. H.B Lunogelo, the Executive Director of the ESRF. Also present was Professor Elisante Gabriel, Director of Youth in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports. Speaking on behalf of Hon. Dr. Fenella Mukangara, Minister of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Prof Mwansoko expressed pleasure that FANRPAN through its national node hosting institution the ESRF was following up on some of the recommendations of its 2012 High Level Food Security Policy Dialogue held in Dar es Salaam by continuing to engage stakeholders on how best to amplify the role of youth in agriculture.

Mr Evodius Rutta of Tanzania Youth Environmental Network (TAYEN) shared with the participants the findings of the Tanzania Case Study on “Current and Emerging Youth Policies and Initiatives with a Special Focus on Link to Agriculture". This was followed by discussion session where participants shared some their experiences in working with young people in the agriculture sector .went into discussions to come up with solutions of making agriculture attractive to their fellow youth and also identifying opportunities for taking up agriculture as a business.

A number of exciting youth in agriculture were also shared with the participants, MVIWAMO Manyara presented how they were getting young people involved in agribusiness and the Sokoine University Graduate Entrepreneurs Cooperative (SUGECO) shared how they are promoting business development in agriculture through SUA Graduate Entrepreneurs: Innovativeness and Entrepreneurship programme. For more information visit http://sugeco.org/preview/


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