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Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:37

CTA’s Youth Strategy 2013 – 2017

CTA has been supporting and promoting youth engagement in agriculture for more than 15 years. However, this Strategy is the first attempt to bring CTA’s efforts into a comprehensive policy aligned with the three goals of the Centre’s Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:29

Engaging youth in agriculture

Interview with Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, from Zimbabwe, who works at the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) where she coordinates the Youth in Agriculture project. She also manages the Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) project designed to strengthen the capacity of women farmers to influence agricultural policy development in Southern Africa.

"With a greater focus on value chains in recent years, there are now far more opportunities for young people to find rewarding careers in the food and farming sector. However, governments need to formulate policies that capitalise on the energy and entrepreneurship of the youth to successfully attract them to the sector."

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Group Pictures ARDYIS Workshop 2011

Launched by participants from the ACP regions at the “Youth Exchange and Training Workshop on Web 2.0 for Agricultural and Rural Development” (Accra, Ghana, 7 to 11 March, 2011)

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An increasing number of young people need employment, yet there are limited openings in the formal employment sector. If more young people can be supported to develop agricultural enterprises and view agriculture as a viable career option, then issues of youth unemployment, food security, and rural-urban drift can be addressed.

The Youth in Agriculture Strategy gives young people a greater voice in decision-making processes related to agriculture. The strategy is the result of a call made in 2008 by Ministers of Agriculture to explore ways in which young people could be supported to take up careers in agriculture. The strategy was endorsed at the 4th regional meeting of the Pacific Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS) in 2010.

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