A week ago, I was fortunate to speak at the latest Brussels Rural Development Briefings (Briefing number 49)* that took place at the ACP secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. The briefing focused on “Youth in Agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture”. One of the key takeaways I took from the conference was that we cannot force young people to go into agriculture. We should rather provide a supporting environment for the youth tothrive in agriculture and agribusiness. Then the youth can be encouraged to make use of the numerous promising opportunities that the sector can provide especially employment in the agricultural value chain.
Presently, there are many challenges that the youth in agriculture encounter. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has clearly identified six principal challenges affecting youth in agriculture. These include:
- Insufficient access to knowledge,
- information and education,
- limited access to land,
- inadequate access to…
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