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eventscatdescipThe Future Agricultures Consortium participates in many conferences and workshops. We also watch for important agriculture policy “windows” and report them here.


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Agriculture and the generation problem: rural youth, employment and the future of farming
March 21, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Ben White, ISS Almost all countries in the world face serious problems of mass youth unemployment and underemployment, with unemployment rates much higher in rural than in urban areas.  Small-scale agriculture is now, and if it survives in the

Youth Conference newsletter: day 2
March 21, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Newsletter from the second day of the Young People, Farming and Food Conference in Accra, 19-21 March 2012.

Youth Conference newsletter: day 1
March 21, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Newsletter from day 1 of the Young People, Farming and Food Conference in Accra, 19-21 March 2012.  

Youth employment in agriculture – a development dilemma in Nigeria
March 19, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Joseph Ayodele Ariyo and Michael Mortimore Youth farming is a dilemma of agrarian policy that has defied resolution for decades. This short discussion illustrates the dilemma in relation to a recent attempt to introduce an enclave of large-scale commercial

Opportunities and constraints for youth participation in horticultural production
March 18, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Kangai Elosy and John Mburu This paper draws on the case of youth smallholder fresh produce production and marketing in Eastern and Central Kenya. Specifically, the paper focuses on how youth farmers have embraced the opportunities that facilitate GlobalGAP

Does educational level influence the choice of farming as a livelihood career?
March 16, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by K.K. Lewa, and J.M. Ndungu Full title: Does educational level influence the choice of farming as a livelihood career? Results of an empirical study from coastal lowland Kenya Kenya’s long – term economic development strategy -“Vision 2030”- identifies agriculture

Rural youth aspiring to occupations beyond agriculture: Evidence from Young Lives Study in Ethiopia
March 16, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Yisak Tafere and Tassew Woldehanna The data presented in this paper is drawn from Young Lives longitudinal study in Ethiopia. It used three rounds of surveys and qualitative sub-studies conducted among the same children born in 1994 drawn from

Engaging Young Professionals in the Agri-food Sector: Strategies, Lessons and Experiences
March 16, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Courtney Paisley and Gbadebo Odularu Full title: Engaging Young Professionals in the Agri-food Sector: Strategies, Lessons and Experiences from YPARD and YPARD Africa Though the African agrifood sector has been growing steadily in the last decade, the contribution of

Young People’s Aspirations in Agriculture: a Case Study of Ghana’s Cocoa Sector
March 16, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Nana Akua Anyidoho, Jennifer Leavy and Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere Our paper considers the question of young people’s aspirations in agriculture in light of the renewed interest in the agricultural sector as a viable basis for development in sub-Saharan Africa and

Online poll #2: Attracting young people to agriculture
March 15, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
During the Young People, Food and Agriculture conference, we are asking a series of questions on the role young people in Africa play in agriculture. FAC YPF poll #2 Poll #2 There was an error on your page. Please correct any

Online poll #2: Attracting young people to agriculture
March 15, 2012 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
During the Young People, Food and Agriculture conference, we are asking a series of questions on the role young people in Africa play in agriculture. FAC YPF poll #2 Poll #2 There was an error on your page. Please correct any

Online poll #2: Attracting young people to agriculture
March 15, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
During the Young People, Food and Agriculture conference, we are asking a series of questions on the role young people in Africa play in agriculture. FAC YPF poll #2 Poll #2 There was an error on your page. Please correct any

Voices from Senegal: interviews with young farmers
March 12, 2012 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
What do young people really think about farming? Under the FAC Young People and Agrifood Theme, Dr Mohamadou Sall of Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar, Senegal) interviewed young farmers who are working under the REVA Plan. The REVA Plan was

Voices from Senegal: interviews with young farmers
March 12, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
What do young people really think about farming? Under the FAC Young People and Agrifood Theme, Dr Mohamadou Sall of Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar, Senegal) interviewed young farmers who are working under the REVA Plan. The REVA Plan was

Voices from Senegal: interviews with young farmers
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
What do young people really think about farming? Under the FAC Young People and Agrifood Theme, Dr Mohamadou Sall of Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar, Senegal) interviewed young farmers who are working under the REVA Plan. The REVA Plan was

Unspoken assumptions: youth, participation and the African policy process
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Dolf te Lintelo Demographic change, persistent and disproportionate unemployment and their feared implications for political disorder are key drivers of growing donor attention to youth as a development category. Bi and multilateral donors thus increasingly seek to mainstream youth

A tale of two peoples: the influence of race relations on agricultural patterns among Zimbabwean
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
A tale of two peoples: the influence of race relations on agricultural patterns among Zimbabwean young people by M. Sibanda, N. Chirinda and D. Nyathi Since the turn of the millennium, Zimbabwe has experienced a deterioration of race relations due

Targeting young adults/young households in Central Uganda: Where is the next generation of farmers?
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Anne Rietveld,  Sam Mpiira and Charles Staver In Central Uganda, in spite of poor soils and high pest pressure, bananas are a primary source of household food and income.  Farmers are increasingly challenged by how to maintain banana productivity

Transforming the agrifood industry to develop rural livelihoods
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Laura Pereira The global food system is facing unprecedented pressure from global change processes. These pressures are exacerbated by multiple transformations in the food system through the expansion of agrifood corporations that are consolidating their power in the global

Skill gaps in formal higher agricultural education: A youth perspective
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Courtney Paisley Agriculture is changing, and with it, a revised set of skills is needed to address new challenges in agriculture. A number of prominent documents point to professionals in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) with different characteristics than

Gender and Youth: Decision making and participation in climate risk management in Zimbabwe
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Conrad Murendo, Lars Otto Naess and Kizito Mazvimavi Conservation agriculture, crop diversification and growing of drought tolerant crops are the main climate adaptation strategies widely practiced by households in Zimbabwe. Using data from FAC household survey of 2011, the

The role of indigenous gums and resins in pastoralist livelihood security
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
The role of indigenous gums and resins in pastoralist livelihood security and climate change adaptation in Garba Tula area of Northern Kenya by Yasin Mahadi, Jeremy Lind, Susan Wren and Lars Otto Naess Agriculture – both livestock and crop farming

A Critique On Research Prioritisation On New Bean Markets And The Youth In Malawi
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Ruth Magreta and Isaac Jonathan Jambo The livelihoods of many young Malawian bean farmers are constrained by poor access to both input and output markets. Despite government interventions and research, there is still a big problem in addressing the

Climate Change: The Hidden Adaptation Opportunities For Young People In The Agrifood Sector
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Esther Kihoro, Immaculate Maina, Maureen Miruka, and Festus M. Murithi Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to sustainable development. Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its overdependence on rain-fed agriculture, compounded by factors such

Youth, Agriculture and Land Grabs in Malawi
March 12, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Blessings Chinsinga and Michael Chasukwa Malawi has featured in the international media as a potential trigger of the unique version of the African Green Revolution for the rest of the countries to emulate. It has been flagged as such

Blog: Urban myths and rural futures for Africa’s young people
Blog: Urban myths and rural futures for Africa’s young people
March 11, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Are people in Africa really moving as much in one direction - into towns and cities - as is commonly believed? Ahead of our Young People, Farming and Food conference, John Thompson, Future Agricultures Consortium co-ordinator, has written a blog

Blog: Urban myths and rural futures for Africa’s young people
Blog: Urban myths and rural futures for Africa’s young people
March 11, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
Are people in Africa really moving as much in one direction - into towns and cities - as is commonly believed? Ahead of our Young People, Farming and Food conference, John Thompson, Future Agricultures Consortium co-ordinator, has written a blog

Blog: Urban myths and rural futures for Africa’s young people
Blog: Urban myths and rural futures for Africa’s young people
March 11, 2012 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
Are people in Africa really moving as much in one direction - into towns and cities - as is commonly believed? Ahead of our Young People, Farming and Food conference, John Thompson, Future Agricultures Consortium co-ordinator, has written a blog

“Last resort and often not an option at all”: Youth, education and farming as livelihood in Ethiopia
March 9, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Getnet Tadele and Asrat Ayalew The current government of Ethiopia considers the agricultural sector as the key factor that will ultimately determine the success or failure of its national development plan based on the ADLI philosophy. Growth in the

The REVA PLAN in Senegal: Does modern farming of change minds of young people about agriculture?
March 9, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Mohamadou Sall Agriculture has always held a central position in Senegalese economy. In all areas of the country, agriculture was and still remains the solid prop of domestic economy. Agriculture was given much attention by the colonial administration: successive

Quick Money and Power: Tomatoes and livelihood building in rural Brong Ahafo, Ghana
March 9, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Christine Okali and James Sumberg This paper uses an example of small-scale, labour-intensive tomato production that is expected to lead to short-term capital accumulation to explore the prospects of engaging rural youth in the agri-food sector in Africa. The

Enticing African young people to agriculture through education, training and mentorship
March 9, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Grace Mwaura The challenge for Africa is that of human capital, not the absence, but the disempowerment of it. I address this challenge in relation to African agriculture and food security in the continent, and with a focus on

Fostering sustainable engagement of the youth in the agrifood sector: opportunities and challenges
March 9, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By A.-H. Abubakari, M.R. McDonald, D. Ceplis, K.G. Mahunu, J. Owen, I.A. Idun, P. Kumah, M. Pritchard, G. Nyarko and F. Appiah The youth, who form the main active working force, constitute more than 20% of Ghana’s population. The Ghana

Nicholas Waitathu – turning worms into silky opportunities
March 7, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Runner-up Nicholas Waitathu’s entry to our 2012 journalism competition on young people, agriculture and food.

Isabella E.C. Akinseye – agri-what – Nigerian youth and agriculture
March 7, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Runner-up Isabella E.C. Akinseye’s entry to our 2012 journalism competition on young people, agriculture and food.

Vivian Nereah Atakos: Healthy Learning: Creating opportunities for experiential learning
March 7, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Entry by Vivian Nereah Atakos, Communication and Information Officer, VVOB Kenya, to our 2012 journalism competition on young people, agriculture and food. This entry won second place in the competition.

James Karuga: Rural youth shatter the myth of farming as a poor man’s profession
March 7, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Kenyan journalist James Karuga’s winning entry to our 2012 journalism competition on young people, farming and food.  

Results of poll #1: young people and policy
Results of poll #1: young people and policy
March 5, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
During the course of our Young People, Food and Agriculture conference, which is scheduled to take place March 19-21, we are asking a series of questions on what role young people in Africa play in agriculture. Results from the poll

Employment of agricultural graduates: Who are we training for?
February 29, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Sidi Sanyang, Samba Ly, Stella Ennis, Lamin Jobe, Lassine Diarra, Pierre Bantaba Despite the active involvement of the civil society organizations such as agribusiness and farmers’ organizations in the agriculture job market in the last 10 years, the public

Agricultural Non-family Workers (Sourga) in Senegal River Valley
February 29, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Amadou Ndiaye Agricultural non-family labour appeared on Senegal’s farms with the introduction of the groundnut crop during the colonial era. This phenomenon started between the two wars. A few years after War World II, with the establishment of a

Common interest youth groups and their contribution to food security
February 29, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
Full title: Common interest youth groups and their contribution to food security among small holder farm households In Western Kenya By Libaisi, J.K, Marinda, P.A. and Wakhungu, J.W. The realization of development and smallholders’ livelihood goals requires strategies to improve

Farm households’ livelihood diversification and its implications
February 29, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
Full title: Farm households’ livelihood diversification and its implications for young people’s engagement in agriculture, the case of Uasin Gishu County, Kenya by Korir, L.K., Lagat, J.K. and Njehia, B.K. In Kenya, the youth represent about 35.39% of the total

Exploring opportunities and constraints for young agro-entrepreneurs in Africa
February 29, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Francesca Dalla Vale, UN FAO The purpose of this paper is to offer an analytical review of opportunities and constraints faced by youth wishing to become agro entrepreneurs while giving some examples and suggestions as to how governments and

Agriculture in the School Curriculum in Zimbabwe
February 29, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Lydia Biriwasha, FAC Early Career Fellow Agriculture has always played a vital role in the socio-economic development of most countries. In most rural areas it is a major source of livelihood (Juma, 2007). The agricultural sector is important in

‘The Land of our Birth’: Rural Youth Aspirations and Career Choice in Farming
February 29, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Richard A. Ampadu, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, The Hague A greater majority of studies in career development have focused on the educational aspirations of young people, with a particular accent on urban youth. Although agriculture is the

Media competition 2012 – Young People, Farming & Food (extended deadline)
February 17, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Extended deadline: 23 February 2012. Details, entry instructions and terms and conditions for the journalism competition for the Young People, Farming and Food conference 2012.

Reading list: Young People, Farming and Food
February 14, 2012 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
If you are attending or interested in our Young People, Farming and Food conference, you may like to read some of the resources below. They are selected examples of the rich body of research and reporting on youth and farming

Reading list: Young People, Farming and Food
February 14, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
If you are attending or interested in our Young People, Farming and Food conference, you may like to read some of the resources below. They are selected examples of the rich body of research and reporting on youth and farming

Reading list: Young People, Farming and Food
February 14, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
If you are attending or interested in our Young People, Farming and Food conference, you may like to read some of the resources below. They are selected examples of the rich body of research and reporting on youth and farming

Video: food prices – what should be done?
February 11, 2012 / Food Price Volatility
There is widespread agreement that poor people are most affected by volatility of food prices. But what should be done about it? In these short videos, made at a workshop at the Institute of Development Studies in February 2012, participants