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The SOFIA Projects: Promoting the role of youth in agriculture and ICTs

Promoting the role of youth in agriculture and ICTs

ICTs have proved to be effective tools in stimulating young peoples interest in agriculture. The added value of these technologies for youth in agriculture lies at least at three levels: ICTs offer new marketing tools to enhance more than in the past (youth-led) agricultural businesses; ICTs help promote agricultural interest and opportunities for youth, and finally, they bring about new jobs linked to agricultural software and ICT-based agribusinesses (mobile applications (mAgri), market information systems, etc).

Despite these opportunities, there are several challenges being faced by youth in Southern Africa, who are engaged in agriculture and ICTs: lack of capacity and policy support that would enable them to take advantage of the opportunities that ICTs offer, lack of documentation and promotion of youths innovations and best-practices, lack of policy provisions related to youths involvement in agriculture as well as youth in ICT, aiming at improving their livelihoods in urban and rural areas.

The SOFIA (Strengthening Rural youth employment Opportunities in ICTs and Agriculture in Southern Africa) Project will adopt an integrated approach that addresses both policy issues and capacity building activities, especially in Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia.

From 10-12 April 2013 the SOFIA Regional Stakeholders and Launch Workshop will take place in Swaziland. 30 participants are expected to attend from Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia. The Prime Minister of Swaziland, Hon. Barnabas S. Dlamini, will be present to launch SOFIA, along with Alice Peslin representing the EU delegation for Swaziland.

For further information on SOFIA please download the brochure in the link below.