Youth

African countries commit to raise ambitions for Sustainable Development Goals

African countries have committed to raise their ambitions and accelerate their actions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty and hunger, at the conclusion of the 32nd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa. Sixty-two Ministers from 54 African countries participated in the conference – country representation was one of the largest ever thanks to the hybrid mode, with more than half the ministers attending in person

PAFO Innovation Series: Catalyzing young African agri-entrepreneurs’ investments (session 8)

As part of their ongoing Innovation Series, PAFO held a session on February 3, 2022 focused on “catalyzing young African agri-entrepreneurs’ investments.” Key points for discussion were as follows: What are the drivers of success of youth-led SMEs in the agrifood sector: what innovations, technologies, knowledge and finance do they need and attract? How can we upscale youth-led investments and rural youth enterprises? What incentives can be provided to attract

Reconciling rural youth with family farming and unleashing their potential, in West Africa

The perception of rural West African youth is too often biased by the stereotypes widely conveyed about them. Between precarious odd jobs, idleness and the temptation to move, it is sometimes difficult to envision these young people rooted in their rural community. Too often, we don’t ask: Who are these young people? What are their stories? How do they fit into their community? What are their ambitions? How do they

A young Ghanaian woman earning a living from shea products

Rita Adibamoli is a 24-year-old Ghanaian woman from Kasena Nankana Abarjawe district of Ghana who has made a good livelihood from soap-making with shea product. In Kasena Nankana Baobab Cooperative Union (KANBAOCU), FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) initiative funded a training for young people to develop skills in making soap from shea and to encourage entrepreneurship. This is how Rita gained the knowledge and interest to use soap making

If you can think it, you can do it: The story of Lizzy Idoko

Young people in Africa should be encouraged to take part in Agriculture. This is a growing sector in need of young innovative minds to help improve the economy of African countries as well as create job opportunities. Lizzy Idoko is a young Nigerian female farmer, who has taken an initiative to improve Irish potatoes farming in Nigeria with hopes to eventually expand globally. Lizzy is a university graduate of History

Working with and for young people to fight COVID-19

Young people are  seriously affected by COVID-19 and are part of the global response in Cameroon. This guidance article from Cameroon Link is meant to assist humanitarian actors, youth-led organisations, and young people across sectors, working at local community and health district levels, in their response to the new coronavirus pandemic affected. It begins diagnostically, exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on young people. It then proposes a series of actions

Meet the 22-year-old graduate farmer

He pursued Agricultural Technology and majored in Agronomy at the University of Development Studies, Nyankpala Campus from 2015 to 2019. Obed Sackey has always loved to go into farming even before he went to the university. His interest in farming was so high; perhaps that was why he pursued Agricultural Technology. “I made up my mind to go into farming way back in 2011 when I was very young. But

Thousands of youth called to practice farming as profession

3,520: this is the number of young men and women aged 18 to 35 that the government of Cameroon has just called to train in the business of farming operations. The announcement was published on February 27, 2020. This competitive examination is offering young people the opportunity to realize their dream in a chosen sector, not only providing a job but also creating wealth for an inclusive and sustainable development

Webinar: Youth in Extension and Advisory Services: Insights from Guatemala, Niger, and Rwanda

By 2050, the global population of youth (ages 15-24 as defined by the UN) is projected to rise to 1.8 billion, with 35 percent estimated to live in Africa.  This presents a challenge of creating economic opportunities for this growing segment of the population. Furthermore, the growing global demand for food and nutrition also presents a challenge, with some estimates citing a need to increase food availability by 70-100 percent. 

A parliamentarian boosts youth engagement in agriculture through radio

Radio Medumba is a rural radio station located in the Bangangté sub-division, Ndé division, West region of Cameroon. Created in August 2000, it has made the rural world its focus with the slogan :  ‘the station at the service of local development’. Agriculture occupies a place of choice in its grid. Since its creation, it devotes two hours a week to farm radio programs presented in French and ‘Medumba’, the