Young People, Farming & Food Conference

An international conference on the future of the agrifood sector in Africa


19-21 March 2012 – Accra, Ghana

Photo: Sven Torfinn / Panos

This conference, co-hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), will critically examine:

  • How young people engage with the agri-food sector in Africa as producers, entrepreneurs, employees, consumers and citizens
  • Changes in the agri-food sector and what this means for young people
  • The implications for young people of alternative policy approaches to the development of the agri-food sector.

Presentation slides from the event are now available as links from the conference programme.


Latest articles

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