What does empowerment to young farmers mean?

Foundation for Young Farmers

How do you empower young farmers?

It is widely acknowledged that empowerment means knowledge. You can’t have one without the other. Empowering youth means providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge about farming.

We all agree that knowledge is not a one-way communication; it cannot be captured by a statement, compressed into a leaflet and distributed to the youth. It must start at the ground, not end at the ground. Trainers must learn before they can teach. They must learn about traditional farming techniques, about social customs that might present either barriers or opportunities for implementation, about the needs of villagers, and about existing or missing political and social structures. Only then can they design relevant solutions, and only relevant solutions will be successful.

There is a persistent myth and one we need to bust.  The days are long gone when you learned everything you needed to know about…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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