Youth Across CSAYN Member Countries Share Their Success Stories Ahead Of 6th #BrazilAfricaForum

Youths are the successor farming generation and therefore the future of food security in Africa. The ageing smallholder farmers are less likely to adopt the new technologies needed to sustainably increase agricultural productivity. There is therefore a pressing need to engage the youth in ways that they can see a promising future in Agriculture as well as to influence them to pursue careers in agriculture-based industries. Below are some of our great member countries sharing their stories.

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Nur Mohamed Abdi, from Somalia, and I have a master degree for Agricultural Science, I am working and as well founders a community organization named SOMALI YOUTH OF AGRO-MARINE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (SOMYAMDA), and the objectives established this Association are too aware and mobilize the Rural community specially Agricultural and Coastal line Community, and to train good farming and fishing technology to fight hunger and famine.On behalf of SOMYAMDA, we are implementing now to train farmers to grow ORGANIC FARMING and aware the hazards of using chemicals on their life according to climate issue. On other hand, in the coastal line implementing to train the people the Using Fishing on the Nutrition and as well  to give stuff of fishing and then fight against youth and women malnutrition and create job opportunity.

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As SOMYAMDA is here ready and interesting to join and Partner to Climate-Smart Agriculture Youth Network and share information related to Somali and entire the world. In addition, the importance and the effect of climate change.

Finally, find bellow attached document of short summary profile of our visions, missions and objectives, and as well the activities that we are implementing in the Agriculture and Coastal line areas.

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Esperance BALEZI, Bachelor in Agronomist, at Evangelic University in Africa, in Democratic Republic of Congo. I Am working at IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs ‘IKYA’ in charge of Capacity Building Officer for Agricultural Entrepreneurship Youth Program to explore self-employment opportunities through agribusiness enterprises.

I spend this opportunity to present you our program IKYA to promote empowerment of youth around the agribusiness enterprises and create the job for other youths around the word.

IKYA is program of IITA to promote the engagement of young people and women to explore agribusiness opportunities and diversify household food, to improve income and reduce poverty.

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Initially, IKYA was involved in crop production and seed production (beans, cassava, maize and soybeans). Subsequently, starting in June 2014, he began processing cassava and soybean.

Several bakery products have been developed to ensure the substitution with cassava flour at a lower cost, and the protein fortification with soy flour, which meet the standards set by the Congolese Office of Food Control. Today IKYA was developed 35 cassava products and 10 soybean products around this 2 strategic crops. These products are sold in local markets under the IKYA brand in order to diversify its sources of income. As a marketing strategy, the group has developed packaging with the IKYA label, which has become a recognized brand on the market. Similarly, the group has opened a sales outlet for the marketing of all these products but also for the marketing service for all other youth groups by IKYA and has signed a partnership with the local super market.

More recently, IKYA has started production of tilapia and catfish to meet the strong demand of local market. Also, IKYA has started poultry farming, especially the production of fertilized eggs and chicks to become the only local supplier of chicks in Bukavu town. The group works with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock to jointly manage a network of 38 fish ponds. In addition, IKYA has managed to set up an Agripreneurs youth group network to unite the effort in engaging youth in agribusiness to reduce unemployment. A total of 550 women, 250 men and 500 young people were trained in these areas. With continued effort, the group is pursuing innovative ideas in agriculture and food processing and is keen to acquire a permanent location for its farm and marketing activities.

The activities of youth Agripreneurs are focused and which others youths are trained:

  • Vegetable production;
  • Crop production: tubers (cassava), legumes (soybeans) and cereals (maize);
  • Cassava, maize and soybean processing;
  • Fish farming (tilapia, catfish), production of tilapia and catfish (merchant fish and fry) and production of fish feed. This is accompanied by training services in entrepreneurship and aquaculture technologies.
  • Poultry farming: to produce broilers, fertilized eggs and chicks,
  • Training young people and women on agricultural entrepreneurship and business plan development
  • Training young people and women on good agricultural practices
  • Training youth in entrepreneurship and agribusiness

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SM Golden Bee is able cultivate two (2) acres of sunflower which will help the bee’s to get more nectar and pollen grains to produce more honey for the coming season and also provide them with clean water source. This will prevent absconding of the Bee’s. We also want to expand our capacity of production by constructing more hives which will increase our yield of honey and also increase the level of pollination in the country which will result in more yields of crops. We will be the sunflowers seed to produce oil so that we won’t buy any oil outside or elsewhere for the production of our natural honey soap and cream and sell some of the oil as well.

We are able to train more youth to adapt the same method to increase the quantity honey in the country and to better their financial level.

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Since Beekeeping is seasonal we have introduce snail rearing, so we train the beekeeper and other farmers on snail rearing. We also teach them how to construct snail paddocks. Since Honeycomb contains a lot of nutrients, after extracting the honey and wax from the comb we use the byproduct in preparing nutritious meal for the snails which support their fast growth. Because we want to engage more youth in the agribusiness we are still engaging schools from the Primary to Senior High School, since beekeeping and snail rearing is easy to practice. This training in the schools is basically voluntary training by the C.E.O of Golden Bee without any payment.

Our Goal is to produce high quality honey and use the honey and its byproducts to produce more healthy products which will help the growth of agribusiness and mankind.

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My name is Femi OYENIYI, the C.E.O. of Femvest Ventures which i started in 2015 in Omuaran, Kwara State, Nigeria but got registered formally on January 13, 2017. We embrace climate smart Agricultural practices in our operations i do own a bid to promote sustainable development. I have leveraged on my specialty as an animal scientist to venture into organic aquaculture (where no chemical is used in the course of production). Again, we re-use the waste water for irrigation of crops which boosts their growth through nutrient supply. We have also designed systems for efficiently managing animal wastes (through anaerobic digester plants).

The resultant product is used both as a clean cooking gas and to generate electricity (renewable). All these come in clean ways. Thus, we help reduce methane (a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming) release to the atmosphere and thereby effectively combat climate change. In recognition of our work, i was sponsored by African Union and NEPAD to participate in the 4th Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture in Johannesburg, South Africa from November 27-29, 2017. I am an active member of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change YOUNGO adaptation and mitigation working group.

For more information kindly send us a message – info@csayn.org

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