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  • CASSAVA IN CENTRAL AFRICA: CHALLENGES

    AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALLHOLDERS

    Strategy for boosting agribusinessdevelopment along cassava valuechain for young people

    NGOUAMBE Nestor, Agroeconomist, YPARD representative Cameroon

  • INTRODUCTION

    Around 240 millions of people still suffered of

    food insecurity in subsahara Africa

    Lack of opportunity for young people to get

    involve with agriculture

    Agriculture is not really considered as carreer in

    most countries

    Low investment in agriculture

  • CAADP (2003) & Malabo Declaration (2014): engagent

    government to invest more in agriculture and create

    more opportunities for young and women

    Many Africa countries are progressively considered

    agriculture as main pillar of their economic growth.

    They are now conscious that agriculture is the only

    sector able to bring significant change to their respective

    economy.

  • CHALLENGE FOR YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS

    Increase Investment and revising agricultural finance policy.

    The promotion of microfinance institutions and banks

    (Young people and women still have limited access to finance.

    Most bank are not motivated to invest in agriculture due to

    high risk).

    improve Rural infrastructure and rural advisory services ( a

    key drive for boosting agribusiness in central Africa).

    Promoting Public and private partnership for harmonization

    of actions and strategies.

    Promote youth platform for experience sharing, lesson learnt

    and best practices to lets some get inspired. (agribusinessTV)

  • WHAT IS OBSERVED NOW

    Some countries (East, South, Western Africa) try to increaseinvestment in agriculture in favor of youth (Youth Agripreneur)and this has significant change on food security, If central Africacountries can copy this example, it would be good for our people.

    There are several strategies or development plan with valuableand concrete issues, but those strategies lack a strong operationalplan.

    In Cameroon for example, the strategy is to be an emergentcountry in 2035, within the theoretical framework, agriculture isconsider as a cornerstone of this approach. But the total budgetrelated to agriculture is still less than 4%.

    This just simple main that, it is not necessary to develop astrategic, but to give means to implement those policies if wewant to face food insecurity.

  • WHAT IS YPARD ABOUT?

    Young professional Platform for Agricultural

    development : international movement 4 Youth in

    agriculture present in around 60 countries

    Vision

    Sustainably improved livelihoods worldwide where

    young professionals are proactively contributing to

    innovative agricultural development.

    Mission

    To serve as a global collective platform through

    which young professionals can realise their full

    potential and contribute proactively towards

    innovative agricultural development.

  • Objectives

    Facilitate exchange of information and knowledgeamong young professionals across disciplines,professions, age and regions

    Broaden opportunities for YPs to contribute tostrategic ARD policy debates

    To promote agriculture among young people (activitiesstill under discussion)

    Facilitate access to resources and capacity buildingopportunities

  • YOUTH ARE PROGRESSIVELY INTERESTED TO GET INVOLVE IN

    AGRICULTURE

  • SOME KEY ACTIONS

    Realizing Central Africa Agriculture potential by move from

    subsistence to true agribusiness, create more value chain

    along specific subsectors (roots & tubers (cassava), cereals,,

    fruits & legume).

    Revigorating agricultural training and education (start

    agriculture courses at primary school)

    Developing specific programmes for youth agribusiness

    Re-organizing farmer into true cooperatives societies

  • AGRIC COM APPROACH IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

    CASE STUDY : SCHOOL VEGETABLE GARDEN PROJECT (2)

    A B C D

    EFGH

    Composting

    Workshop

    Kids looking for

    grass to make

    compost

    Cover grass

    with soil

    Compost pile

    after watering

    Soil bed

    preparation

    and Manure

    mixing

    Grass

    mulching to

    protect

    seedlings

    Best

    vegetables

    drawn by kids

    Seeds given to

    kids for school

    and home

    practice

  • Developed Market-driven approach (PIDMA has greatinitiative in Cameroon, but should paid more attention oncooperative managed by young people)

    Increase partnership between research-innovation andextension to delivered adaquate services to youngagripreneur

    Food security is the global problems, but the challenge is tobe self-sufficient first. The limitation of importation willincrease investment (agribusiness) & food production and willlet more youth get involve.

    Can you realized that Africa spent more than 6 billionUSD/year to import rice. More than 3 billion to import wheatflour in Cameroun. If we invest this amount to boost our localcassava production, we can be food secure by creating wealth,employment, and reduce the gap between import and export.

  • We can end hunger only by increasing food productivity

    and availability.

    Government should really invest in agriculture, research

    and innovation.

    youth should be empowered and considered in agri-policy

    at national or regional level.

    Women must follow some trainings on feeding, nutrition

    and sanitation.

  • WAY FORWARD?

    As Youth in Agriculture and agribusiness what can we

    do to break the gaps?

    What policies issues could be addressed for boosting

    agribusiness among youth in central Africa countries

    What strategy to advocate about relevant investment

    in youth agribusiness venture?

    How can ICT could be useful for Youth agribusiness

    venture since there are the one dealing most with ICT

    tools

  • MERCI DE VOTRE

    ATTENTION

    If agriculture is the engine

    able to create more economic

    opportunities in Africa, youth

    and women are the fuel able to

    strengh its power