Africa Instore Solutions is a leading organization passionate about engaging and empowering youth in agriculture. Why? Because we believe that the youth are fundamental to sustainable development in this sector. This blog will delve into why we need more youths in agriculture, how AIS is aiding this cause, and the potential impact of their participation.
The need for youth in agriculture.
Agriculture is the backbone of Africa’s economy, accounting for nearly 60% of jobs on the continent. Despite its significance, the sector is plagued by a rapidly aging farmer population – a ticking time bomb that threatens food security and economic growth. With the average African farmer’s age being 60, there is a pressing need for young blood to infuse energy, innovation, and sustainability into the industry.
Youths are not just the future but pivotal to sustainable development and agribusiness. Their fresh perspectives, adaptability, and inherent knack for technology make them ideal custodians of an agricultural transformation that benefits both people and the planet.
AIS understands that the youth are not just beneficiaries; they are catalysts for change. Through targeted programs, AIS has empowered over 1100 young farmers, instilling in them the knowledge and skills needed for modern, sustainable agriculture. From harnessing the power of solar energy to adopting smart farming practices, these young farmers are at the forefront of a green revolution.
The impact is evident in the numbers. AIS has witnessed a 30% increase in youth participation in agriculture in regions where the program is active. This surge is not just about numbers; it’s about young minds embracing innovative and eco-friendly farming techniques. AIS has successfully equipped these youth with the tools to turn challenges into opportunities, fostering economic independence.
One such program is the Wezesha program, which has empowered hundreds of young Africans to start their agribusinesses. Take the story of Gilbert, a 21-year-old from Loitoktok, Kenya, who, after participating in our program, started his poultry farm and now employs five other youths.
The impact of youth in agriculture
The potential of youth participation in agriculture is immense. Not only does it provide a solution to unemployment, but it also drives sustainable development and boosts economic growth. Young farmers are revolutionizing the industry by adopting innovative farming techniques, diversifying crop production, and employing sustainable practices.
To put it in perspective, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that if young people can access the necessary resources, they could boost food production by a staggering 60%, enough to feed an additional 2 billion people by 2050.
The future of agriculture lies in innovation, and who better to drive this than the digital natives – the youth? They can bring about a paradigm shift by incorporating technology and digital solutions into farming. From drone farming and precision agriculture to e-commerce platforms for farmers, the possibilities are limitless.
AIS is at the forefront of providing these technological solutions. Our digital platforms, such as the AIS Kilimo App, are designed to connect farmers with resources, markets, and vital information to thrive in their agribusiness journey.
Cultivating the future with youth in agriculture is not just necessary but also imperative for sustainable growth and development. It’s a call to action for young Africans passionate about agriculture to take up the mantle and drive our continent’s agricultural transformation.
Through organizations like AIS that are dedicated to empowering you with resources, training, and support, you have immense opportunities to make a lasting impact. Remember, you are not just the future; you are the present, and your time to shine in Africa’s agricultural scene is now!