African Youth takes on Agribusiness! Paving the way for Youth Leadership

African youth post-independence era in the 1960s had to grapple more with the image of a “farmer” with all the preconceived ideas of poverty than its today’s counterparts, over the idea that farming doesn’t feed its tenants anymore, that agriculture has no acquaintance so far with business modeling, marketing and market segmentation, landscaping?.. How about environmental, #socio-demographic data aggregation? The issue becomes even more startling when you correlate agriculture with international migrations stemming from food scarcity and #environmental degradation among its mere causes, leading to major world #crisis and unrest of any kind…

The above picture is new and well-understood as far as the #Millennials AKA the Millennial Generation or Generation Y, often abbreviated to Gen Y. Most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000 to identify the hybrid audience.

Visionaries as well understood dearly, how such a peculiar demographic, above and beyond all the consumer society forecasted half a century ago about its specifics, might be like…


President Barack Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur innovation, growth and prosperity, key to democratic governance strengthening, peace and security ambassadors across Africa: The Young African Leaders Initiative (#YALI) remains a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders: its Youth. Nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

In an area of joint resource mobilization, the #Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African #Leaders brought in hundreds of dynamic young African leaders, ages 25-35, from across the continent to the United States for 6 weeks of leadership training and mentoring at twenty U.S. #universities and colleges in three areas: business and #entrepreneurship, #civic engagement and public #administration.

Time is of essence as far as African inclusive growth. And it’s at the Ridge Opera Hall of the Alisa Hotel in Accra that the Networking dinner took place this May 19th with a parterre of the YALI’ fellows, of the leaders of African’ Agriculture. Abdoulaye Toure took the floor on several occasions highlighting the #readiness of the African Agricultural Research and Development infrastructure to welcome its talented youth considering a career in farming value chain and cross-cutting areas…


Time is of essence as far as African inclusive growth. And it’s at the Ridge Opera Hall of the  Alisa Hotel in Accra that the Networking dinner took place this May 19th with a parterre of the YALI’ fellows, of the leaders of African’ Agriculture. Abdoulaye Toure took the floor on several occasions highlighting the #readiness of the African Agricultural Research and Development infrastructure to welcome its talented youth considering a career in farming value chain and cross-cutting areas…

The West Africa Agricultural #Productivity Programme (#WAAPP/PPAAO) started in 2008, aims at contributing to sustainable increases in agricultural productivity in national and regional priority sectors. Spearheaded by the Economic Community of West African States (#ECOWAS) with the aim of contributing to the implementation of the Agricultural Policy (ECOWAP), in accordance with the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (#CAADP). The CORAF/WECARD Strategic Plan led to extensive #consultations with diverse #stakeholders representing the entirety of the West and Central African #Agricultural (WCA) Research system. It is estimated that the sub-region has about 318 million inhabitants, among whom about 70% live on agricultural activities. By increasing the major african crop yields between 30% and 150%, WAAPP proven impact on food security and caloric intake have raised the bar, with caloric consumption rising from 2,777 kcals to 2,964 kcals and the “hunger period” reduced anywhere from 28 to 55% based on the commodity. WAAPP has also contributed to increase by 34% the economic situation of target farmers and actors in West Africa.

To the group of #Nigerian Youth #Farmers who  took the floor, among whom,  one  already in the  market with his nutritious brand  grit  products  besides other ready-for-consumption engineered products, one cannot stress it more, Karl Marx made the slogan “#proletarians of all countries unite” we can likewise say out loud: ”Youth in Agribusiness of all countries unite now!

Let’s do it.. Throughout countrywide Youth Consultations venues! Yes we can…

               M. Demba Ndiaye

Consultant IEC ComDev WAAPP Mali

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