Agro for Youth Development REMIX
Providing vocational skills in poultry farming, seed and vegetable farming to youth living in the Street, ex-combatants, young sex workers; to become self sustainable and help in re-uniting them home
Food insecurity has become a global problem which threatens the security and social well-being of many societies. Everywhere around the world, importers and exporters of farm products are no longer in good terms given the inequalities and economic demands.
Food insecurity has also been a major concern to the Liberian economy for years and a problem for the government to overcome as citizens continue to plug into harsh conditions related to their stable commodity (RICE).
Also 14 years of civil war in Liberia has affected many of the young people in local communities and led to low literacy rates along with very few income generation avenues for these young people. This has caused many of our young girls and boys to get involved in street life and become sex workers to generate income for their livelihood.
Young people in Liberia, who form about almost 60 percent of our national population, have seen their interest in agriculture decline over the years, and the government has not put in place attractive opportunities for youth involvement that might encourage young people to get involved in farming.
There is also no such structure to create an agricultural employment market, which has caused many young people to pursue interests in other careers.
With these observations, we believe in an alternative, Agro for Youth Development Project, which will provide training, create awareness and form a network to promote agriculture activities nationwide, linking opportunities and awakening interest in agriculture.
Train young people, create awareness of the importance of the Agriculture sector for youth self-empowerment, and create jobs for youth to generate income.
The aim of this project is to create awareness of the importance of the Agriculture sector for youth self-empowerment, provide agriculture vocational skills in poultry farming, seed and vegetable farming to young people living on the streets, ex-combatants, and young females involved in the sex-trade. Through this, we hope to make them self-sustainable and also help in re-uniting them with their family.
It also give the young people opportunities to meet with the government, donors, private sector and the community leaders to discuss the issues for youth in Agriculture through its Young Farmers Forum, and obtain the much needed support.
Activities of the project
a. Training youth in the construction of poultry houses, seed and vegetable farming up to production, maintenance of farms, market studies, selling and establishment of smaller farms for the trainees in their local communities.
b. Creating awareness on the importance of the agriculture sector for young people to create more interest in the field through the use of Sports, Dramatic performances and Information Education and Communication materials (IEC). The program has provided consultation on behaviour changes so that participants can become useful individuals in their communities and society.
c. Monthly young farmers network forum meeting with young people and other stake- holders to discuss development opportunities for youth in Agriculture and also track government policies on Agriculture for more support to youth.
- Training over 5,000 young people agriculture skills and establish over 500 youth groups farms in the 15 counties of Liberia by 2015.
- Creating one major Young farmer’s network forum and 14 sub forums in Liberia, where youth led farming activities and youth agro-business groups can network on issues about Youth and Agriculture by 2015.
- Producing Information, Education & Communication (IEC) materials to educate youth in the 15 counties of Liberia to create awareness in the Agriculture sector from present to 2015.
- Tracking of government policies on Agriculture and advocating for more youth agriculture educational schemes from 2011 up to the next five (5) years.
- Engaging young people to contribute in helping to reduce food insecurity in local communities by providing food and jobs for their local communities’ members from 2008 up to 2015.
This approach is unique because it is mostly intended to drive young people into gaining more interest in growing what they can eat and making them self-reliant.
This approach brings many benefits:
-Reduce national dependency on imported food.
-Create employment opportunities for young people.
-Create self-sustainable careers for less skill individuals.
-Reduce the risk of return to violence.
-Increase productivity and reduce the cost of local farm products.
-Create a bigger market for Young farmers.
Who gains Most?
- Young people between the ages of 10-35 years (male/female) living in local communities.
- Others that will benefit are community dwellers where the project will be implemented. The beneficiaries receive training to create their own small farms in their communities and able to generate income, while their community members will gain from the farm production by having food and small jobs and also the re -union of their family.
How it works
- Engaging community leaders and local governments for their participation in the project and the allocation of land for the project.
- Identifying victims in local communities, training them in agricultural activities, and consulting for behaviour changes to allow them to re-unite with their families.
- Negotiating, consulting, and creating awareness involving community members and young farmer participants in problems analysis and market studies for the establishment of trainee’s self-community farms and for the sale of the products.
- Engaging youth, donors, poverty sectors and government in a monthly Young Farmer’s Forum meeting to discuss on issues of youth and agriculture for partnership and support.
- The availability of land for young people to continue the project activities in their communities. We will work will the local government and the communities leaders to help us locate lands for the young people to use in the future.
- The provision of assessable tools for the trainees. We will continue to forge additional partnerships with the government and donors for tools.
- The willingness of youth to build interest in the field and be able to take care of tools and start-up packages. CYNP will provide a mentor to work with trainees to guide them in their implementation.
- Young people who are not selected may become upset. We will contract other youth in the implementation to serve as sale persons and also encourage them to be part of the trainees’ own community projects.
- Young farmers may drop out of the program. We will create a monthly follow-up meeting on youth progress.
Since 2008 till now, we have trained 500 youth (both male and female) participants at our Young Farmers Resource Center in Benson-vile City. These participants have been trained in Swarm rice production, vegetable and animals farming and created 5 smaller farms for the trainees in their communities, which benefited over 4,000 community dwellers from our initial struggle and created jobs for other youth in local communities for their development.
The project has won the following awards:
- One of the five top finalists for ONE AFRICA AWARD 2010
- Country Award winner of EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship 2008, and
- Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award finalist of African International Achievers [AfIA] 2011
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