‘Youths key to agric development’


ENGAGING young Zambians in agriculture development will not only reduce hunger but will also create employment for all, says Young Professionals for Agriculture Development (YPARD) country representative Simon Mwandila.

Mr Mwandila said that his organization had decided to partner with young people in the development of the agriculture sector because they were active and productive with immerse talent that could transform the agriculture sector into the backbone of the country’s economy.

“The majority of Zambians are the youth who constitute about 70 percent of the total population,

Mr. Mwandila also observed that with proper training and relentless advocacy for favourable conditions of doing business in the sector, youths could reduce unemployment drastically among themselves.

“We have heard cries of unemployment among those who complete school from time to time but with the engagement of youths, they will learn that they can create employment for themselves as well as other people.

“ Government and its stakeholders should create an enabling environment in agriculture to maximize their potential through information exchange, entrepreneurship skills, advocacy and networking in the agriculture value chain from the farm to the consumer,” he said.

Mr Bwembya said youth activism to attract more young people in agriculture was on the rise, while knowledge sharing and networking had made it even more effective for youths to take a role in promoting agriculture among themselves.

YPARD is a global movement of young professionals in agriculture housed at the United Nations headquarters in New York with regional and country representatives world-wide.


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