Why youth voices must feature prominently in Africa Agriculture Science Week
The priorities of youth farmers in rural areas should be clearly articulated at this year’s AASW
A lot has been said about youth in Africa and there are still ongoing debates stressing the importance of involving young people in major development efforts, including agriculture. Last week, picking up on a Twitter conversation from one of the youth activists online, I concluded that, indeed, many development organizations use the term “youth” as an attempt to portray themselves as ‘working for young people.’
The term “youth” has become little more than a buzz word. At the moment, there is a need for all organizations not to just talk the talk but walk the walk.
With only a few hours before the start of Africa Agriculture Science Week 2013 (AASW6) in Accra, Ghana, the voices of the youth must be taken seriously and discussed by stakeholders and policy makers at the forefront of all emerging issues. Recommendations from the conference should clearly highlight the mechanisms through which youth can benefit from the outcomes of development initiatives.