Changing views on farming to lure young generation

Foundation for Young Farmers

In an environment of easy accessibility and improved technology in agriculture, there is a need to change the perception that farming is a low-skilled, loss-making vocation in order to encourage the youth to join the sector.

“Farming, in the present scenario, is highly skilled profession which assures economic stability to the investors by the means of diversification,” Agricultural innovations, are attracting people from various non-allied sectors and various central and state government agencies are now encouraging the youth to join the research conducted in the sector and to adopt new-age profit making farming.

“There is a change in the agricultural trends in almost every region where youngsters now make the best use of latest technology and expertise for remunerative farming. But there is a need to highlight such success stories to motivate the youth”.

Agriculture contributes so much to our daily lives, but it is an industry that has been…

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From honey-making bees to fried termites: could insect science contribute to Africa’s food security?

Foundation for Young Farmers

Within the Luhya community in western Kenya, where I come from, termites are seen as a delicacy. Seasoned with a little salt these insects are quite enjoyable. A visit the local market and you won’t miss local women selling the fried insects when they are in season.

Different African communities enjoy various types of insects. In my neighboring country Uganda for instance, grasshoppers locally known as ‘nseneneare quite popular. It is not uncommon for local communities to turn this into a profitable business whenever they are in season. However there are many that loathe the practice.

It therefore came as no surprise to me that the question of insects for both human food and livestock feed sparked some controversy when it came up at the ongoing Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in Accra, Ghana. This was during a side event organized by the International Centre of Insect…

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