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Young farmers in Southern Africa share their experiences

The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) organized a regional young farmers’ forum and tour that took place from 13th to 16th May 2014. This was organized against the back drop that the farming community in Africa is aging and there are very few entrants into the sector.

SACAU recognizes that young farmers are an excellent source of innovation and modern ideas that have the potential of revitalizing farming.

The tour was organized in South Africa and it coincided with NAMPO (the biggest agricultural show in the southern hemisphere). The tour and forum was organized with support from the SFOAP and the Southern African Trust.

The overall objective was to facilitate the sharing of experiences among young farmers in the region as well as soliciting ideas from them for the formulation of interventions to address the challenges facing young people in the agriculture sector. In particular, presentations were made form young farmers coming from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

On 14th and 15th May, delegates visited NAMPO and Mphiwe Siyalima farm. The purpose of the visits was to expose young farmers to new cutting edge technology as well as to enable delegates to share field experience with their fellow young farmer.

In conclusion delegates were requested to consider and suggest recommendations on the following issues: how to sustain the sharing and interaction of experiences; the type and nature of support required by the young farmers to achieve their ambitions in the industry; and the three most important intervention that need to be made to attract more young farmers in the industry.

To learn more, please download the full report from the event and read the agreed recommendations!

 

 

Photo credit: SACAU

from 13/05/2014 to 16/05/2014
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Gender, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains, Monitoring and Evaluation, Natural resources
Region: South Africa