NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya
will next week hold a three day national forum to discuss the participation of
youth in critical agricultural value chains including processing, storage and
marketing, an official said on Thursday.
a senior director in the ministry of agriculture said the conference to be held
from July 19 to 21 will explore new ways to encourage youth to take up farming
as a full time occupation.
invited more than 500 youth to participate in the three day conference that
seeks to promote their involvement in agri-business,” Onyango said, adding that
dozens of youth will showcase technologies and innovations that are transforming
policymakers, industry executives and representatives of multilateral agencies
will attend the inaugural forum on youth’s participation in agriculture.
the conference will also provide a platform for youth involved in agriculture to
meet potential financiers and clients for their produce.
from major banks will meet youthful farmers and discuss areas of collaboration.
The government has been encouraging financial institutions to lend seed capital
to young people who have embraced farming as a career,” said Onyango.
ministry of agriculture has partnered with multilateral institutions to
incentivize the youth to take up farming through training and provision of
revealed that the African Development Bank has agreed to lend the Kenyan
government 32 million dollars to promote the participation of youth in
many partners who are keen to support our ambitious agenda to transform
agriculture through participation of the youth who have technology and expertise
that is required to realize that goal,” Onyango told reporters on the sidelines
of a regional forum on food security.
Representatives of multilateral agencies hailed the inaugural forum on youth in
agri-business, saying it marked a giant step towards revitalization of a sector
that contributes 24 percent to Kenya’s GDP.
Kormawa, the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator said that Kenya’s long-term vision of
achieving hunger free status and alleviating unemployment hinges on greater
involvement of youth in farming.