Rwanda hosts conference on opportunities for young people in agriculture

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 16 October 2020 at 10:36

Rwanda hosting a four-day Youth and Agroecology National Summit 2020 is aimed at helping young people become more involved in agriculture and the use of technology.

The conference which has kicked off today October 16, 2020 in a virtual space has been organized by the AgriProFocus Forum, which brings together farmers, investors, government officials, members of the Civil Society, among others.

The theme of the conference is “Agriculture as key to a sustainable food system and business opportunities to the youth.”

The conference will bring together 100 people, including 50 youth and other stakeholders representing agricultural development and entrepreneurship organizations from among Rwanda’s youth and at least 500 people are expected to be connected in different parts of the world.

The four-day Youth and Agroecology National Summit 2020 is an opportunity to bring together young people working in agriculture, share experiences and connect youth and various stakeholders.

Participants will also visit various farms in the Southern and Eastern Provinces, looking at the state of agriculture.

Agriculture is a pillar of the carrier that supports the economies of different countries, often unique to those that practice it.

Although the sector is one of the major economies in the country Rwanda, it is one of the most affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the challenges in agriculture is the lack of a solid line to keep young people motivated to adhere to this sector.

In Africa, agriculture accounts for 32% of the country’s gross domestic product while it accounts for about 70%. A portion of 60% is exclusive to cultivated land in the world.

While the continent has an opportunity to grow agriculture, there is still needs to make improvements especially by helping young people to become more involved in agriculture and the use of technology.

In order to solve these problems, a conference will be held in Rwanda on how to improve agriculture.

The conference was organized by the AgriProFocus Forum, which brings together farmers, investors, government officials, members of the Civil Society and others.

The theme of this conference is” Agriculture as key to a sustainable food system and business opportunities to the youth.”

It is expected to start in Kigali on October 16, 2020 online while it will continue in other parts of the country.

The conference will bring together 100 people, including 50 youth and other stakeholders representing agricultural development and entrepreneurship organizations in Rwanda’s youth.

Due to the fact that it will be online, at least 500 people are expected to be connected in different parts of the world.

AgriProFocus members value the role of youth in food processing and sustainable agricultural investment.

AgriProFocus use modern agriculture as a way to support investment aimed at food security.

The conference, however, points out that the role of young people in this sector is still very low and still needs to be boosted up in the future.

AgriProFocus finds that improving the way agriculture is done is an opportunity for young people and can also provide them with a variety of jobs.

The four-day Youth and Agroecology National Summit 2020 is an opportunity to bring together young people working in agriculture, share experiences and connect youth and various stakeholders.

Participants will also visit various farms in the Southern and Eastern Provinces, looking at the state of agriculture.

To help young people with the goal of joining agriculture, AgriProFocus in collaboration with the IKEA Foundation is implementing a three-year 2020-2022 program called “Youth in Agroecology and Business Learning Track Africa (YALTA)” to support young people investing in agriculture to do it professionally.

There are more than 12,000 youth farmers are registered RYAF in Rwanda with more than 1,300 commercial establishments. They are integrated into sectors including agricultural processing, animal husbandry, productivity processing, agricultural assistance services and agricultural technology. It is integrated in the fields of agricultural processing, animal husbandry, crop processing, agricultural and agricultural technology services.

The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) estimates that more than 70% of Rwandans are subsistence farmers, accounting for at least 30% of the country’s economy, followed by a specific service sector of 46%.

Since 2010, the government has set a target of creating 200,000 jobs annually based on agriculture. In the fourth census of households conducted in 2015, the number of jobs created each year reached 146,000.

The theme of the conference is “Agriculture as key to a sustainable food system and business opportunities to the youth.”

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