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

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

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

What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
February 10, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
There is renewed interest in shoring up agriculture as an avenue to economic growth and, more broadly, to development on the African continent. This is evident in current policy and development discourses, in the budgetary and programmatic commitments of governments

Programme – Young People, Farming & Food conference
January 27, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Young People, Farming & Food: the Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa19-21 March 2012 Presentation slides from the conference are now available. The links are next to the titles in the list below. This programme was updated on 13

Media competition: winning entries
Media competition: winning entries
January 20, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
We're delighted to announce the winners of our Africa-wide journalism competition on young people, farming and food. We had over 40 submissions to the competition. The panel was all agreed in the winning entries according to the following criteria: 1.

General Call for Papers
General Call for Papers
June 29, 2011 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Deadline 15 September 2011 The organizers invite papers that offer rigorous analysis from various critical perspectives around the topics and questions listed below. We also encourage comparative studies and welcome proposals for thematic panels. Co-organized and hosted by the Future

Ghanaian Student Call for Papers
Ghanaian Student Call for Papers
June 29, 2011 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Deadline 15 September 2011 The organizers intend to have a panel of 4-6 presentations, selected on a competitive basis, from current or recently completed undergraduate and/or postgraduate students from Ghana. Conference costs for the selected presenters will be covered. Co-organized

FAC Discussion Paper – Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices
FAC Discussion Paper – Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices
June 21, 2011 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Young people constitute a high and increasing proportion of the African population, with around 70 percent of the continent’s total population currently under the age of 30. Evidence suggests many young people are choosing not to pursue livelihoods in the