African countries must evolve policies on access to credit to attract youth into agriculture

The Lead Consultant for Policy and Advocacy at Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Dr. Emmanuel Tambi, has asked African governments to introduce policies that would facilitate access to credit to attract the youth into agriculture.

According to him it is extremely difficult to convince the youth in Africa to venture into agriculture due to lack of access to credit facilities.

“when you try to convince the the young people to take advantages of opportunities in agriculture , they ask you where do they  get the money for the seed, fertilizer and even land for farming” Dr. Tambi stated.

Dr. Emmanuel Tambi Lead Consultant, Policy and Advocacy FARA.

Dr. Emmanuel Tambi Lead Consultant,
Policy and Advocacy FARA.

 

Dr Tambi was responding to a question at a press conference held by FARA in Accra recently, ahead of the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and the General Assembly to be held in the Rwandan capital, Kigali from June 13 to 16 this year.

According to him, “the unpredictable outcomes of investments in agriculture due to the seasonal nature of most crops and non-availability of ready market for some agriculture products act as a disincentive to prospective young farmers”.

Dr. Tambi revealed that through FARA’s subsidiary, AAIN, the skills of some identified youth are being developed and the enabling environment would be provided to encourage them to take to agriculture as a profession.

FARA is the apex continental organization responsible for coordinating and advocating agricultural research for development and also serves as the technical arm of the Africa Union Commission on matters concerning agriculture science, technology and innovation.

The conference and General Assembly will bring together over 1,500 stakeholders engaged in African agricultural research to take stock of achievements in Africa’s agricultural research and to reflect on how to enhance this sub-sector’s contribution to the continent’s agenda for accelerated economic and social transformation.

The Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and FARA General Assembly (GA) is the principal forum for all stakeholders in African agriculture Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to reflect on their achievements and craft strategies and actions aimed at enhancing the contribution of agriculture STI towards accelerating the continent’s economic and social transformation. This event is organized every three years. The last of such event, the sixth AASW and FARA GA, was held in Accra, Ghana in July 2013.

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