Two locally-based agricultural advocacy organizations will on Saturday, November 10, host the first ever youth agricultural summit at the Light International School in Sinkor, outside Monrovia, the group has said in a statement.
Agro Tech Liberia (ATL), in partnership with Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), in a joint statement late yesterday said that the event, under the theme, “Youth in Agriculture Summit,” is a knowledge sharing and gathering intended to bring together high school students, young farmers, representatives from the agro-business, and Information Communication Technology (ICT) experts to a common space for the first time.
The Summit will provide participants with career path acquisitions, but also help them access technical and professional development opportunities in the country’s agricultural sector, according to the statement.
Additionally, responding to ways of breaking barriers to youth low involvement in agriculture, Jonathan Stewart, founder of Agro-Tech-Liberia, said that the way to go is to redirect the minds of young Liberians.
“In an effort to empower and promote better livelihood for the youth, who account for about over 60 percent of the Liberian population, it is important to direct and inspire them to invest their resources and skills in a productive and sustainable way in the agriculture sector, since the sector has untapped potentials and capacity to absorb the skilled and unskilled labor force of Liberian youth,” said Stewart.
Although the path to redirecting the minds of youth to agriculture comes with daring commitments to overcome pressing hurdles, Stewart is optimistic that the summit is the right start to such a transformation.
“As youth-based and focus institutions, we are sure of being on the rightful path to increasing youth involvement in agriculture, because we have directed our interest and program to make agriculture attractive to the young people of Liberia,” added Stewart.