There is a common saying that not all that glitters is gold. But it’s also true that not all that doesn’t glitter is not gold.
Africa’s land has been blessed with the ability to produce enough food to feed the whole world, but today in Africa, the word “agriculture” has lost its appeal to most young people. The population of Africa that is actively engaging in food production is mostly an aging one, and Africa now finds itself at a point where it must actively find ways to encourage youth to take part in agriculture.
Despite the sad tale of African youth turning away from agriculture, many African countries are quickly realizing the need for youth participation in food production and implementing innovations that will enable them engage the youths.
International, youth and agriculture affiliated organizations in Africa and beyond are undergoing research that will be able to answer the obvious question of why youths are not actively involved in agriculture. Based on the results of this research, African governments will be able to initiate wave of change in the agricultural sectors of different African states. Just because agriculture does not have “cool” status does not mean that youth cannot thrive in the industry.
Blogpost by Toluwani Adekunle, a social media reporter for AASW6.
Photo: J. Marmol (Manos Unidos)