In developing countries, agricultural occupations are commonly affected by low salary, low productivity, lack of social defense and exposure to a variety of risks, including weather issues and unstable markets. These are the reasons why young rural people gradually turn their backs on agriculture. Many of them prefer to migrate to urban areas, or even to other countries, in the hope of finding decent jobs. More often, they realize quickly that they lack the skills needed to compete in saturated job markets.
The solution is that young people need more access to technology to make agriculture interesting. Without technology, as they have already seen from their parents, agricultural work is difficult and unprofitable. With today’s modern technology, training and information, agriculture should become attractive.
Bill Gates said: “If you care about the poorest, you care about agriculture,” and “Investments in agriculture are the best weapons against hunger and poverty, and they have made life better for billions of people.” (www.gatesfoundation.org)
We, African Future Farmers members, share the same vision and agree to join forces in making the world a better place to live with sufficient food and zero-target poverty.
Our mission is to increase food productivity, to integrate technology into small-farm methodology, to develop marketing skills necessary to compete globally, to teach life management skills to young farmers, and to build sustainable food systems in West Africa, which will not only address the issues of poverty and hunger but will also inspire and train the next generation of farmers.
If you agree with our mission, then join and help us achieve our goals.