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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