By the year 2050, the world population is expected to grow to 9.7 billion: demand for food will grow dramatically. Following a present trend, 2/3 of this population will be concetrated in big cities. In sub-saharan Africa, the number of 15-24 year olds will dramatically increase.
The challenge at this point is to engage the youth in Africa to work in agriculture and develop its potential. The problem is that young generations living in rural areas prefer to migrate to big cities in search for a stable job instead of trying to develop the rural areas in which they grew up.
Photo Credits: Albert Gonazalez Farran - UNAMID via Flickr
The aim of this workshop organized jointly by SIANI and SLU Global is to develop ideas and tools to engage the african youth in agriculture and stop te rural-urban migration. Subsequently, participants will think of how to develop innovative developing practices, always keeping in mind the sustainable development goals.
Both NGOs and private sector companies will participate in the workshop. The workshop will be made up of Q&A discussions, group and panel discussions. At a later stage, a policy document to be used by government, business initiatives or NGO policies will be produced summarizing the most important ideas that came up during the workshop.