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Promoting Youth in Agriculture — SENSITISE UGANDA

There is general consensus that youth and women should be the engine driving Uganda agricultural sector development
Speaker after speaker at the side event of the just concluded 6th Joint Agricultural Sector Annual Review meeting at Speke Resort, Munyonyo, stressed the important role women and young people play in the agricultural sector, calling for all stakeholders to urgently address the bottlenecks hindering their active participation in the sector. "Government should appropriate funds towards mainstreaming gender issues in the agricultural sector,” said Stella Lutalo, the Coordinator, PELUM Uganda.

The Vice Chairperson, Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum, Vicky Lukwiya, said that women and youth face many challenges among them, lack of access to credit facilities, security of land ownership and access to markets for their agricultural products.

The Assistant Commissioner for Youth Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Kyateka Mondo called for a need to nurture young people not to look at agriculture as a pass time activity but as an important economic activity that will transform their lives. "Government has revived the young farmers’ associations as well as cooperatives to help young people, produce, harvest ,store, process and market together. Even getting farm implements will become easy when youth are working as a group,” Mondo stressed.

The side event was organized by Oxfam in partnership with Uganda Youth Network and other partners under the theme: ”Cool Farming: Promoting Youth in Agriculture”. The event aimed at analyzing policies and strategies in place to ensure youth involvement in agriculture for increased job creation and poverty reduction.