The Government of Rwanda, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Union in partnership with other organisations are organising a regional conference on the theme: Youth in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship, 20-21 August 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Youth in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa
In the African context, the key to shared prosperity and poverty eradication is to be found through creation and expansion of decent jobs in rural and urban areas. Studies have shown that agricultural growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has a more positive impact on reducing poverty compared to growth in other sectors, implying that tapping into the reservoir of employment opportunities in agriculture is indispensable for poverty reduction.
The conference aims to foster an exchange among stakeholders (policy makers, development partners, the private sector, youth and women organisations, civil society organisations, research and academia) on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations in agriculture and rural development, leading to prioritising interventions going forward.
The conference features a high-level interactive panel involving policy makers, youth leaders, business and Innovation leaders, as well as key partners. Specifically, stakeholders will discuss the relative importance of known drivers of youth-centered entrepreneurship and innovations in agriculture and agribusiness along the following major themes:
- Youth and entrepreneurship: focus on solutions that offer new opportunities for youth entrepreneurship, including on-farm and beyond, along the agricultural value chains. This theme looks at policy, financial and leading examples of incentives to foster youth-led or youth-focused business services.
- Digital solutions to overcome agriculture value-chain related constraints: focus on technological solutions that support youth-related innovation and modern production technologies in agriculture; solutions to foster youth-led or youth-focused networking.
- Future of Agriculture Work: The conference culminates with a dialogue on a framework and roadmap that will transform "agriculture Work for youth in Africa". This lays a broad framework and course of action towards steering the course of future interventions.
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources
The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” This vision of a new, forward-looking, dynamic and integrated Africa will be fully realized through relentless struggle on several fronts and as a long-term endeavour. The African Union has shifted focus from supporting liberation movements in the erstwhile African territories under colonialism and apartheid, as envisaged by the OAU since 1963 and the Constitutive Act, to an organization spear-heading Africa’s development and integration.