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Youth development for food security

The youths at present constitute about 60% of Nigeria’s population unfortunately, the present environment makes it even more difficult to explore their full potential in agricultural production and to stimulate youth participation in agriculture.

Agriculture offers the young generation a chance to make a difference by growing enough food to feed the world. Those who become farmers now have the opportunity to be the generation that end world hunger and alleviate malnutrition, as well as helping the sector adapt to climate change.

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As per the projections from The United Nations, by 2050 global populations will increase by approximately 2.5 billion people, with the majority of this increase occurring in the developing world. Much of this growth will be among youth, who are expected to make up half of the 2050 population. These shifts in demography will push youth into extremely vulnerable condition to food insecurity. The vulnerability is further exacerbated by problems of rising food prices and crop loss from climate change related weather patterns. At the same time, youths hold a vital role in addressing the challenge of food security. This places the youths at the centre of food security and nutrition.

The UN World Health Organization predicts that “ by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people” meaning that more young people than ever before are moving to cities and towns to find work, leaving few behind to work in rural areas.

With this predicted concentration of the global population in urban areas, it is easier to understand why the number of young farmers decline yearly. There is a compelling need to boost and sustain youth’s interest and participation in agricultural production activities.

Economic factor affecting youth participation; include inadequate credit facilities, low income from agriculture, unpredictable agricultural price and production inputs, social factors includes public perception about farming while environmental factor include pollution, climate changes etc.

The following are some Strategies for youth engagement including:

Sharing success stories of young professionals in agriculture:Success stories of young professionals in agricultural development are gathered from around the world and through partners, and disseminated through social media, Showcase’. Successful individuals are encouraged and supported to share their stories in local media to get these messages out to other youth, particularly in rural areas. As the media does not usually provide in-depth coverage of this field, it is important that examples of successful careers in the agricultural sector are shared so that positive messages reach young people.
Social media plays a strong role in disseminating positive messages to a global audience as well as information on opportunities in the sector. The sense of community provided by social media reduces isolation and encourages exchange of ideas and experiences. The online space can provide powerful promotional and networking
tools for young professionals who do not have very many opportunities for connecting with traditional networks professionals.

Mentoring
It very important for successful agriculture entrepreneurs engaging in agricultural development that allow the youth to choosing career in agriculture without no trial by error. This gives the youth Technical know how.

Agricultural media community:
Youth are keen to belong to a community that supports their development and where they can share ideas and learn from others. Those lacking experience find it daunting to share ideas with
senior professionals, but may feel more comfortable doing it with their peers. Youth networks provide freedom and space to ‘try out’
and obtain feedback on ideas before sharing these in the professional sphere. Both informal and formal guidance are important to support young professionals in the sector.
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By: Hunyingan peter

Food security

BSF solution to waste management, feed production ,organic fertilizer production ,youth empowerment and food security.

The waste management in Nigeria is one of the pressing environmental challenges of the country and other rural areas, With its population that now about 200 million, it makes Nigeria among the most significant producers of solid waste all around Africa.

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Solid waste management is a major environmental challenge in most Nigerian cities. Waste generation rate in Nigeria is estimated at 0.65-0.95 kg/capita/day which gives an average of 42 million tons of wastes generated annually. 52 % of wastes generated are organic wastes which creates additional disposal problems.
Oyelola and Babatunde, 2008.

Although the problems of solid waste management in Nigeria range from poor collection and disposal methods; lack or poor waste management database; insufficient financial resources; non-compliance to laws and lack of awareness on dangers of poor sanitary habits, this paper introduce BSF Solution to organic waste management for animal production of animal feed and fertilizer for Agropreneur and food security in Nigeria.
#BSF #agropreneur #foodSecurity #animalfeed #oganicFetilizer

By: Hunyingan peter

Food Security

BSF solution to waste management, feed production ,organic fertilizer production ,youth empowerment and food security.

The waste management in Nigeria is one of the pressing environmental challenges of the country and other rural areas, With its population that now about 200 million, it makes Nigeria among the most significant producers of solid waste all around Africa…

Africa’s youth want to cultivate careers, not just crops

We need to ensure that Africa’s future farmers not only grow crops but careers as well, argues Sylvia Ng’eno

By 2050, Sub-Saharan Africa will be home to a third of the world’s young people, who will play a key part in feeding future generations. No region is this phenomenon of having more young people in the future more apparent than Sub-Saharan Africa.

However,  the fact that young people in Sub-Saharan Africa often view agriculture as inefficient, socially immobile and technically uninteresting has led to a situation where the average age of Africa’s farmers is 60  despite the median age being 19.

The cumulative Power of Money in Agriculture

As much as I write this short article to clear misconceptions in growing money through agriculture, I hope it proves to be a vital tool for individual seeking financial freedom through other legitimate means too. I try to read people’s perception of money and growth in agriculture. I have come to the conclusion that most mind-set are misplaced and need to be rewired. Agribusiness has numerous potentials that have been proven to be the best money makers for this generation and next. There are agro-commodities that mature fast and have international value (export value) which makes high ROI possible for the investors.

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