Strategy for boosting agribusiness development along cassava value chain for young people
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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
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
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
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
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
Sustainably improved livelihoods worldwide where
young professionals are proactively contributing to
innovative agricultural development.
To serve as a global collective platform through
which young professionals can realise their full
potential and contribute proactively towards
innovative agricultural development.
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
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
Kids looking for
grass to make
drawn by kids
Seeds given to
kids for school
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
Government should really invest in agriculture, research
youth should be empowered and considered in agri-policy
at national or regional level.
Women must follow some trainings on feeding, nutrition
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
MERCI DE VOTRE
If agriculture is the engine
able to create more economic
opportunities in Africa, youth
and women are the fuel able to
strengh its power