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Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition • FSN Forum

Re: Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa

Mary Odusegun
Mary OdusegunSt. Joseph Centenary Catholic College, Ilorin Kwara StateNigeria

1. Experience as a Youth in the Agriculture Sector

I believe that Agriculture is the backbone of an economy. I am a Plant Breeder. I am very interested in agriculture and that was what made me to apply as NAGRO volunteer in the ongoing NPOWER Programme in my Country Nigeria. So far I have gathered a lot of experience through trainings and seminars organized during this programme. I know some youths who have started farming and earning some money through this programme. In the near future I am planning to go into large scale farming. The only challenge now is the continuity of this programme which will be terminated very soon. Continuity and follow up with youths should be discussed in this conference. Also Youths need to be encouraged with loans to carry out their plans. If the Youths are encouraged to start something on their own, then our problems are half solved.

Thanks