Women youth urged to get involved in the commercial farming training programmes

August 18, 2021 By 0 Comments

The Bono Regional Director of National Youth Authority, Madam Fati Bamba, has urged the youth in the region, especially females, to avail themselves for the various commercial farming training sessions being undertaken by her outfit.

She disclosed that the authority, in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), are offering training programs for women in the region to engage in commercial farming.

“As I speak now, the NYA is collaborating with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to train young women in the region to be engaged at the Otumfuo Pineapple Juice factory in Kumasi”, she said

The regional director was speaking on Sunyani based Ark FM, in commemoration of this year’s National Youth day celebration 2021, under the theme, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.”

Every year, International Youth Day is celebrated on 12th August with the focus on youth issues to bring them to the attention of the international community.

According to the United Nations (UN), the celebration is also to acknowledge and celebrate the potential of the youth as partners in the developmental process in the global society.

Madam Fati said the authority looks forward to getting as many women as possible to get involved in the training program to help them avail themselves for the various models in Agric in order to make business out of Agriculture.

The Authority has offices in 21 out of the 29 districts with officers offering training programs for the youth and this is helping to reduce the crime rate in the region, she stated.

Madam said that with the world’s population expected to increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, it has become recognized by numerous stakeholders that simply producing a larger volume of healthier food more sustainably will not ensure human and planetary wellbeing.

Other crucial challenges must also be addressed, such as the inter linkages embodied by the 2030 Agenda, including poverty reduction; social inclusion; health care; biodiversity conservation; and climate change mitigation.

It has been acknowledged that there is a need for inclusive support mechanisms that ensure youth continue to amplify efforts collectively and individually to restore the planet and protect life, while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems.

The theme of International Youth Day 2021 highlights the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.

During the 2021 ECOSOC Youth Forum (EYF), the issues and priorities highlighted by young participants included the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly related to its effect on human health, the environment, and food systems.

As part of the official outcome recommendations of the EYF, young participants stressed the importance of working towards more equitable food systems.

In addition, they highlighted the need for youth to make informed decisions on food choices through increasing global education on the healthiest and most sustainable options for both individuals and the environment.

There were also recommendations on providing adequate capacity development with respect to the resilience of food systems, in particular during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath.

Through youth education, engagement, innovation and entrepreneurial solutions, this year’s International Youth Day aims to provide a platform for young people to continue the momentum from the EYF in the lead up to the high-level Food Systems Summit.

RESPONSES TO COVID-19 BY THE YOUTH

COVID-19 affects all segments of the population, with young people playing a key role in the management of this outbreak and the recovery following the outbreak. Though much is still unknown on how the disease affects young people, governments are mandated in the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) to ensure their services meet the needs of young people.

In these circumstances, it is important to ensure that youth are heard alongside other community and patient voices in the rollout of health and non-health interventions in response to COVID-19.Building up the capacity of youth to be able to make their own decisions on health and to take responsibility for health is also a key element of WPAY.

In this context, health education, public health promotion, and evidence-based information are critical in combating the spread and effects of COVID-19, especially to challenge the spread of disinformation online.

The role of governments as well as youth organizations and community groups will be essential to ensure that trustworthy public health information is disseminated.

Young people themselves are also utilizing online technologies to spread public health information in engaging ways such as videos to promote effective hand-washing or explain how social distancing can save lives.

Young innovators are already responding to the virus through social impact innovation. Around the world, a number of initiatives are being developed to leverage young people’s efforts to generate and deliver support to at-risk populations or populations affected by the pandemic.

Whilst most of these initiatives are on a voluntary basis (e.g. young people offering to shop for and deliver food to elders or at-risk people), they can also take the shape of social enterprises. Many youth-driven technology innovation hubs are supporting start-ups to develop effective solutions to address COVID-19.