“Empowering women and girls in pursuing agriculture-related careers, train entrepreneurship skills will not only accelerate economic growth but also will mitigate the effects of financial crisis by improving life standards of poor families in rural and urban area”
”I believe that countries like Madagascar must invest more in agriculture and involve more young people in agricultural development and ensure agriculture is accessible to all whenever you live (urban or rural) and whatever you do. Agriculture can be a great source of income if we do it well.”
One way of giving to society is donating money or food or clothes but I decided the best way of giving to society is by teaching young people basic farming skills, says Noah Nasiali. By giving them a small piece of his farm to use for a season, they generate enough capital to start their own farms. In 4 years, he has trained 23 young people. “And 15 of them are now my competitors at the markets!”
Like many youths in Kenya, Catherine is a juggler. By day, Catherine is a certified public accountant, keeping an eye on Murang’a University College’s accounts. By night, she is an entrepreneur tending to 600 head of chicken. Much to her surprise, her agri-business is outrunning her main job; it is generating more income than what she earns as a trained accountant.
Society and funding bodies are increasingly demanding that scientists take the stage and communicate their research clearly and effectively to diverse audiences. This isn’t a skill that Irene Kagera – a young research scientist – feels super confident with, but unlike many of her counterparts, she’s proactively doing something about it.
As a child, Justus Ochieng saw both the good and bad in agriculture - he saw some rich farmers effectively farming and making huge profits and others who were too poor to even afford seeds to plant. He therefore decided that he was going to help improve the way farming was done in his village.
Growing up, Lencer Ochele wanted to be many things - a doctor, an engineer, a pilot and a lawyer but not a farmer. She didn’t really see successful farmers in her village so it wasn’t a profession she dreamed of. A number of spirited youth in agriculture campaigns changed all that.
John is full of great quotes like: “Being a farmer is like becoming a famous musician - you work hard, but no one knows how hard you truly worked to make it, except yourself.” and “Making the decision to engage in agriculture is an affirmative decision for our culture, our environment and ourselves. Shy not from taking farming as your career.”
“If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” Nancy Mwaniki borrows these words from Tony Gaskins to deliver a strong message to all the mentees. On her part, Nancy is already making her dreams come true.
Sarah Ogalleh is determined to be a catalyst for change in her society. For nearly a decade, she has been tirelessly working to combat retrogressive traditional beliefs that have stifled development. She does this by equipping farmers—both men and women— with knowledge and means to manage their environment.