015 Challenges and Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture: Perspectives from Future Leaders

Meet and learn from young agricultural entrepreneurs from the world's emerging economies; and join a vibrant discussion about supporting them.

Organizers

  • Cameroon
  • Bayer AG, Crop Science division
  • Nuffield International
  • 4-H Kenya
  • Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)

Abstract

Around the world, emerging economies are paving the way for future prosperity on the basis on agriculture. On the African continent, for instance, farming provides up to 70 percent of all jobs. Many of these same economies also have an ever-expanding youth population, many of whom are already changing the face of agriculture at home and abroad, by turning challenges into opportunities and doing their part to improve food security. Enabling these young people to
succeed as agricultural entrepreneurs and business leaders is vital for economic development.

This-side event will bring together young agriculture leaders from emerging economies to talk about their efforts, share experiences, and engage in a dynamic debate about how we can support the next generation to reap the benefits of sustainable agriculture. The discussion will focus on the following sub-themes: gender diversity; market access and finance; environmental
responsibility and sustainability; talent development and upskilling.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Brian Lowry, Deputy General Counsel at Bayer U.S.
  • Yuckmila Choonea, Country Coordinator for Mauritius, Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)
  • Neema Grace Mutemi, Exeuctive Director, 4H Kenya
  • Apoorva Shankar, Co-founder, AgriKUA
  • Ritchie Save Raphael, Co-founder, AgriKUA
  • Colm O’Leary, Dairy Farmer

Main themes/issues discussed

The discussion focused on the following sub-themes: gender diversity; market access and finance; environmental responsibility and sustainability; and talent development and upskilling.

Summary of key points

Around the world, emerging economies are paving the way for future prosperity on the basis of agriculture. On the African continent, for instance, farming provides up to 70 percent of all jobs. Many of these same economies also have an ever-expanding youth population, where the next generation is already changing the face of agriculture at home and abroad by turning challenges into opportunities and doing their part to improve food security. Enabling these young people to succeed as agricultural entrepreneurs and business leaders is vital for economic development. This-side event brought together young agricultural leaders from emerging economies, including Kenya, India, Tanzania, and Mauritius, to talk about their efforts, share experiences, and engage in a dynamic debate about how we can support the next generation to reap the benefits of sustainable agriculture and drive food security.

Key take away messages

Dialogue is needed between the private sector and policymakers who are shaping international and national agricultural policies and approaches that take into account the needs and challenges of the next generation of agricultural professionals.

We must continue to celebrate the ideas and input of young agricultural leaders and advocate for their inclusion in policymaking, at CFS and beyond.

We need more systematic ways to capture the insights and energy of young agricultural professionals today so that they may be able to encourage more of their peers to join the profession tomorrow.

When given the opportunity to speak publicly in an international forum, young people excel at exposing all CFS attendees to their unique perspectives and experiences.

Especially when working with young people, it is important to encourage online engagement with the conversations in the room. The event hashtags #Youth4Ag and #CFS45 were displayed in the room and used actively.

CFS - Side Event 015: Challenges and Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture: Perspectives from Future Leaders