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Brussels Briefing n. 57: Elizabeth Nsimadala " Creating livelihoods for rural youth in rural economies "

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The Brussels Development Briefing n. 57 on “Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security and nutrition” organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid and the ACP Secretariat was held on Wednesday 11th September 2019, 9h00-13h00 at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C. The Briefing discussed smallholder agriculture and its key role in delivering food security/nutrition, and sustainable food systems, as recognised in SDG 2.

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Brussels Briefing n. 57: Elizabeth Nsimadala " Creating livelihoods for rural youth in rural economies "

  1. 1. CREATING LIVELIHOODS FOR RURAL YOUTH IN RURAL ECONOMIES Brussels Briefing 57 - 11th September 2019 Elizabeth Nsimadala PAFO President EAFF President Agripreneure
  2. 2. Vision. A vibrant African agriculture , prosperous and sustainable ensuring food security and sovereignty, including the socio-economic development Mission. Representing the interests of African farmers and promoting development of African agriculture. PAFO –A continental body that brings together Regional farmers Organizations in Africa. MEMBERSHIP: 5 RFOs, 70 NFOs, OVER – 80M SHF 49 COUNTRIES
  3. 3. What defines Agriculture in Africa? • It’s the back borne and Africa’s future – employs more than 70% • Its highly labor intensive –low levels of mechanization • Poor production techniques hence low productivity. i.e limited use of fertilizer, certified seed, dependent on nature, climate change effects, limited research and extension • Low levels of value addition, poor PHM and storage • Unstructured markets thus highly volatile prices • Weak regulatory environment – policies are rarely implemented • Sector mainly characterized by the elderly who own the land - youth have limited access to land
  4. 4. • Agriculture is seen as a last resort or for the under achievers and urban students look at it as a dirty job. • Rural urban migration. • In adequate credit facilities to lend to rural youth and where they exist the requirements are un attainable. • Un predictable agricultural prices which demoralize the youth • Lack of access to land which is a major factor of production • Low productivity – low profits and low incomes which makes it a less attractive investment compared to other ventures like boda bodas in Uganda. • Lack of mentors and role models. Factors limiting youth involvement in agriculture
  5. 5. What should be done ? • Formal and non formal skills development through capacity building in agribusiness, value addition among others • Decentralization of incubation service facilities for coaching, mentorship and hands /skills training • Improving access to blended finance for the youth enterprises • Embracing and scaling up of working agri-techs to increase youth participation • Organizing youth into producer organization and cooperatives and levelling – ground for them to participate in leadership roles.
  6. 6. What are we doing at PAFO - EAFF,PROPAC,ROPPA, SACAU • Leadership - we are providing youth space to provide leadership in main farmer organizations at the apex level….this creates mentors and motivation to young youth farmers. • Employment - at RFOs we have youthful secretariats which interact and prepare farmer leaders to engage in policy / advocacy / investments /partnerships among others there by transferring a lot of knowledge and experience to the young generation.
  7. 7. Continuation • Exposure – we have many partners through which we have exposed our youth members abroad and in the region both to private and development sectors as part of capacity building. • Establishment of regional platforms for young entrepreneurs to facilitate business to business, interaction and advocacy. A case of SACAU, PROPAC and ROPPA • Providing skills to our young farmers through developing various value chains ROPPA has successful cases in Mali in fisheries and Benin on cashew nuts.
  8. 8. Continuation • Through initiatives like e-granary in Eastern Africa we have built an ecosystem of partners providing surply contracts, affordable credit and insurance , mechanization services and extension .The platform reaches 40% youth out of over 200,000 farmers. • Direct business training / mentorship / partnerships. EAFF have a project that has mobilized more than 8000 youth, we have profiled and packaged existing opportunities in East Africa plus relevant contacts. We are working with experts in training these youth to develop business ready plans and we are linking them to investors in Kenya, Uganda ,Rwanda and to the mentors.
  9. 9. key messages and conclusion. • We have to invest in young people and systems if we are to have sustainable food systems • The youth don’t need hand outs, they need to be hand held to contribute to sustainable food systems. • Agriculture is the future of Africa. We need actions to match the transformation and the future we want.
  10. 10. THANK YOU

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