Good question - one that the whole development community and social enterprises are looking at! In our work, we see that youth are drawn to technologies that can make agriculture more efficient and thus lucrative. Check out a few stories here:
- Video as a Tool for Engaging Youth in Agricultural Technologies
- Youth lead the way for potato production in Guatemala
- Graduate Farmer Initiative, empowering the youth in Kenya from becoming job seekers to creators
- Youth in Agriculture: Experience From Pakistan
- Meeting Youth Where They Are
- Linking Youth to Private Agro-Dealers for Agribusiness and Employment Opportunities in Rwanda
- Sowing the Seeds: How One Gathering Led to Increased Agricultural Educational Opportunities for Youth in Ghana and Liberia
- Violence as a Key Development Challenge in Agricultural Households in Honduras
- Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference: ICT4Ag and improving the value chain
- Fostering Youth-Led Farmer Services Enterprises in Uganda
And some information from the United States Agency for International Development about the need and strategy for reaching you:
Another key aspect of engaging youth in agriculture is to show them that they don't have to be farmers - that there are actually a number of different ways that they can become involved. This is especially made possible by new technologies, such as Hello Tractor's mobile application for their smart tractor. As shown in the article "Building Better Businesses: Local Sales and Service Provider Model," Hello Tractor relies on youth to act as service providers. The youth purchase the tractors, and Hello Tractor facilitates financing and training that teach the youth how to act as entrepreneurs - selling mechanization services to farmers in their communities. In Guatemala, Post-Cosecha hires youth to act as outgrower farmers while AgriJoven trains them to produce extension videos for their communities. As demonstrated by these examples, it is important to show youth that there are many innovative ways they can become involved in agriculture, in addition to being farmers.
This is interesting I knew about hello tractor before your reply but I'd check
the others to see if they can be applied in my locality.
my challenge with many of these sponsors is that the sponsor only those with access to farm lands or encourage people to be online farmers and tech providers for old time farmers hence encouraging them to do theoretical farming.
I agree that teens and young people can fit into the agricultural value chain.
information and training will go a long way help young people fit into the chain and make impact.
thanks for your contribution your points are well received and am working on them already
These are awesome. am challenged and am sure to apply some of these techniques here in Nigeria.
Having these techniques properly integrated to the discouraged Nigerian youths would certainly gear them up for careers in Agriculture.
I want to do a comprehensive study of the methods and set up a system to ensure the implementation is impactful.
Agriculture in Africa and most third world countries is still employing very crude system. The young people sees it as a very laborious and stressful vocation with minimal returns and therefore unattractive.
Agriculture in these countries need to be modernized, repackaged to be attractive to these young people who prefers white collar jobs. Training, incentives and modern equipment should be made available to them also to encourage them.
your points hit the target, but we young agropreneurs can't possibly meet some of these requirements.
we can talk, show videos and motivate with words but without the financial back up to empower the trainees we may have little impact.
but I strongly agree with you.
advocacy is a way to go too.