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

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

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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.  But other factors such as globalization, higher global incomes, and widespread access to digital tools are creating opportunities in agri-food systems for both youth and other rural actors. Tapping into the potential of youth and creating opportunities for them in agriculture, including in extension and advisory services (EAS), is key to meeting global food and nutrition needs and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Feed the Future’s Food Secure 2030 vision.

Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) conducted a landscape analysis of youth in extension and advisory services in GuatemalaNiger, and Rwanda. Using the USAID “5Rs Framework,” we analyzed the roles of actors that form a network of relationships whose interactions depend on resources and produce results for youth in EAS. The process of transforming resources into results via interactions of system actors is governed by rules.

The webinar will be moderated by the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) Youth Working Group Member, Alpha Sennon. Panellists John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, Patrice Djamen, and Steven Franzel will present the insights from Guatemala, Niger, and Rwanda.


Alpha Sennon is the Founder & Executive Director of WHYFARM an NGO in Trinidad and Tobago that pioneers Agricultural Educational Entertainment (Agri-edutaintment) with a mission to promote the importance of sustainable agriculture among youth and children, build their capacities and empower them to contribute to achieving global food and nutrition security by the year 2050. Alpha will moderate the webinar.

John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas is an educator and sociologist with over 20 years of experience developing, supporting and evaluating programs all over the United States and Latin America. John-Paul will speak about the Guatemala study.

Patrice Djamen is a Senior International Consultant. He facilitates capacity development and innovation processes on agricultural extension and resilient farming. Patrice will speak about the Niger study.

Steven Franzel is an agricultural economist and Senior Fellow at World Agroforestry. He has 30 years’ experience conducting research in Africa on extension and advisory services, farming systems, adoption, agroforestry and marketing. Steven will speak about the Rwanda study.

WHEN: Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time:  Washington, DC: 09:30 / San Francisco: 07:00 / East Africa Time (EAT): 17:00 / India: 19:30

We look forward to you joining and sharing your perspectives. 

Register for this event: https://dlec.hivebrite.com/events/26892?fbclid=IwAR11DHWCUUntBZLYAUbT1RjbBFvsuAIbayrTvG9gA6wsuoVoy-UsvEDAjCs

The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project galvanized diverse extension and advisory service (EAS) stakeholders to measurably improve agricultural extension programs, policies and services. DLEC (2016-2021) is led by Digital Green in partnership with consortium members such as the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS). Learn more: https://dlec.hivebrite.com/

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