Envisioning a Better Breed of African Millennial Farmers

By Dr. Bukamba Nelson France
(Veterinarian/ Writer)

If a necessary part of maturing is to move from the limited, subjective, pleasure-motivated world of the child to the more universal, objective outlook of those who seek to acknowledge the reality of other people and to find some meaning in human experience, then an adequate world view is as necessary as well as a legitimate part of youth work.

Whether we like it or not, young people are in fact living in a tension between the life and demands of the society in which they live and the life and demands of their inner selves.

Perhaps a major task in helping young People today is to grasp and build on spiritual values is rather to clear and till the soil in which this plant can grow. At present the soil is too often choked with weeds, rough with stones, arid with drought.

Each year in developing countries, the human population grows by 72 million, which adds to the demand for food products. The major Part of this population constitutes the young people who are currently regarded as jobless and many governments are seeking every solution to empower this generation many regard as the millennials.

In addition, the changing population structure has seen a fast increase in urbanization which still majorly constitutes young people and as indicated, urban dwellers adopt new eating habits, consuming higher amounts of animal proteins and eating a higher proportion of food away from home.

The dairy sector is projected to turn the world’s most important agricultural subsector in terms of value-added products and land use.

Experts at National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) collecting Bull Semen for Artificial insemination.
Photo by GSA

Livestock products account for about a fifth of the global trade of agricultural products. This statement shades light where governments need to focus their energy and resources in empowering the millennials.

Most of the millennial African farmers sector characterized by small scale operatives with limited land and capital to boost their activities.

The variation in market opportunities for the poor is by region and livestock sector with smallholders relatively being more competitive in ruminant than mono-gastric production.

Young people should be empowered with the ability to identify opportunities in this sector through addressing gaps and challenges. Post-production systems are often neglected areas of livestock value chains.

Post-production systems can be an important component of value addition, and the opportunities they present should be considered in different agricultural value chains.

However, there are a number of challenges that need to be maneuvered in order to enhance the market success of smallholder production.

On the input side, technical inputs such as feeds are scarce, relatively expensive and of poor quality, and the knowledge and expertise needed is not readily accessible.

On the output side, organizational farm-to-market links are weak as are the overall infrastructural investment to enable policy and regulatory environment to support smallholder market access.

There is also a need to streamline and reinforce legitimate anti-dumping measures, provide temporary protection and improve international market access through equitable contractual arrangements.

Proven policy interventions that benefit smallholders include: expanding access to microfinance, keeping inflation rates low, identifying reliable banks, financing value chains, developing local markets, supporting farmer associations and cooperatives, and supporting fair trade and product diversification.

The trade policy environment should be supported by reducing or eliminating escalating tariffs on agricultural products in developed and developing countries, along with strengthening of national institutions and infrastructure, including improved local and regional market linkages.

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