Mwaura Enticing african young people to agriculture through education, training and mentorshipPresentation Transcript
Y O U N G P E O P L E F A R M IN G & F O O DI TERN ATI N AL CO N FEREN CE O N THE FUTURE O F THE AGRI O D SEC TO R I AFRIN O FO N CA Grace Mwaura Enticing African young people to agriculture through education, training and mentorship 19t - 21stM ar 2012 Accr Ghana h ch a,
OUTLINE• Introduction• The Challenge- “Terrors of the present”• The New Frontiers Thesis• Conclusions
Why does it matter?“Africa has long been known for its abundant mineraland agricultural resources and beautiful wildlife.Currently, this enigmatic region is also being recognizedfor its abundance in human resources and is beingdefined as the youngest continent due to its highproportion of young people. Young people are thebackbone on which every successful nation has beenbuilt. Unfortunately African nations have yet to recognizethe treasure they have in their youth and strategize howto tap into this profuse resource” Christine Mutuku,2011- PHD Dissertation
What is the challenge?“Disempowerment- whether through a lack of selfconfidence, apathy, fear, or an inability to takecharge of one’s own life- is perhaps the mostunrecognized problem in Africa today. To thedisempowered, it seems much easier, or even moreacceptable to leave one’s life in the hands of thirdparties…” (Late Prof. Wangari Maathai, 2009- TheChallenge for Africa).
The New Frontiers
The Healthy Learning Programme-Kenya
Healthy Learning Projects
Experiential Learning opportunities
Conclusions• The carrot and stick in African policy and governance• Going back to the basics- the human capacity challenge for Africa• None ‘One fits all’ works for Africa.