Because the involvement of new generations is essential to successful agriculture development, integrating youth into all activities is a core Fintrac practice.
Nearly 88 percent of the 1.2 billion youth in the world live in developing countries, but the average age of agricultural workers is rising. Growing populations coupled with decreasing participation in agriculture creates a serious threat to the future of farming and to the potential for global food insecurity. To engage youth, we must address their barriers to entry, which include: lack of access to inputs and capital; lack of technical knowledge; and a prevalent misconception that agriculture is not a profitable career path. To overcome these barriers, we focus on five key methods to sustainably integrate youth into agriculture.
Engaging with Youth
Many young people are migrating to cities for alternative economic opportunities. Fintrac engages with youth to increase their interest and participation in agriculture by providing training and encouraging their involvement in diverse activities across the sector, such as input supply chains, agriculture support services, and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Involving youth in agriculture works when they see the economic vitality of the sector. Fintrac helps youth increase their incomes by promoting knowledge of good agricultural practices and exposing them to other opportunities beyond direct farming such as new technologies and ICT.
Accessing Inputs and Assets
One impediment to youth involvement in agriculture is the lack of access to, and control over, inputs and assets. We support youth in obtaining land, loans, inputs, and other assets through linkages with input providers and financial organizations.
Fintrac teams demonstrate and facilitate agricultural productivity by introducing high-value and diverse crops; market linkages; business development; and increasing awareness of alternative employment opportunities in agriculture.
Fintrac promotes new tools and technologies within communities to position youth at the forefront of agribusiness innovations, and encourage leadership opportunities and community involvement by fostering linkages with private sector commercial organizations.
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