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Training is the key for youth Empowerment-refined plus two attachments, one on impact assessment 2016

Train youth in farming and social enterprises as a business and economically viable occupation for youth.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Develop, promote, support and sustain youth training in agribusiness so as to secure self-employment future. Rural women and youth coordination agricultural development project-RWY CAD, is a Non-governmental organization that gives women and young people a head start in life through its focus on agriculture and rural entrepreneurship development. In her programme, RWYCAD’s agricultural and rural development, works with the average age of 15-50 for women and 15-35 for men in the farming sector to create employment opportunities and reduce poverty among the highly discriminated and marginalized groups. RWYCAD’s goal is to show that farming is a business and is a worthy and economically viable occupation. RWYCAD’s mission is to improve the living standard of young men and women through their involvement in agricultural and rural enterprises. Our aim is to give young men and women greater access to in-come generating opportunities. Getting started The process of involving young people in agriculture includes training in for example, crop and livestock farming, agro-tourism, agro-processing, beekeeping, the production of handicrafts, and the 2016-2021 strategic plan include opening a training and demonstration centre, where land for practical hands-on training and equipment for soap and sweet making and organic fertilizers will be extended to and compost making will be among the areas of training, concurrently with farmers field schoo

WHO BENEFITS?

women and youth, will benefit through capacity building/ empowerment training and access to productive resources,finance, land, water and employment;improving access to social services, health and education; fostering space to leadership/ political participation. The groups are: • most affected by poverty or making least progress towards development outcomes; • most affected by social, economic, spatial and political exclusion; • currently ignored or not reached by development actors.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

The RWYCAD is an NGO which carries out agricultural training and farmer field school in Uganda, one main ambition – to help youth and women start their own farming businesses. Over the last 15 years, the organization has been providing information on agriculture, rural development.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

Agribusiness empowerment training for unemployed youth and women in urban and rural areas.


RYWCAD, a local NGO devoted to youth training and support, in Uganda, – works with young people wishing to set up their own farming businesses. Students benefit from 3 to 8 month theoretical and practical agricultural training courses, which include a common core curriculum (cross-disciplinary training on management, accounting, business plans and negotiating with banks) and a practical phase (baseline techniques for running different types of farms). After training, these young entrepreneurs join the network of small agricultural enterprises specialised in production, processing, marketing and equipment that has formed over the years.


Training for all our target areas has become an alternative to the failing Ugandan educational system, and this training is component of the agricultural value chain. There are many young people with a university education who are unable to find work in their field of study. We can offer them a short agricultural training course to help them start up their own businesses.


Prospective students have several training options available to them, focused on   various specializations, such as poultry farming, fish farming, market gardening for urban dwellers, manufacturing agricultural products, processing and machinery. Most trainees are hosted at the selected venues near their places and farms during their course, which is subsidized by our partners most of the time we contact them when we are running the courses for school leavers, women and uneducated persons, who turn to farming businesses, when things become tough. Local villagers also benefit from training sessions for rural farmers, which are held periodically and publicized through local radio stations. RWYCAD offers a second opportunity for unemployed university graduates, but also for many illiterate youths with little education. Since the project was founded, villages in the rural districts of northern Uganda – where the trainees gain practical experience – are regularly called on by project manager,

The aim is to get the villages to send us uneducated 18 to 40 year-olds in order to train them on agricultural entrepreneurship.


Financing and market access; Most youths seeking the project’s assistance have ideas but no funding. “We analyse candidates’ project ideas and put it on list for bank negotiation. Then, after 40 days to 9 months of training, depending on the selected field, we help them set up in that market. The project can sometimes provide funding for projects, although financial resources are limited. Due to high number of applicants, so they then have to receive support from the government programmes, such as national agricultural advisory services, NAADS, now changed to operations wealth creation. Marketing has improved,since many youth turned to farming businesses, as youth are experts in quality, storage,marketing research, networking and coordination. among others which normally lead to high returns for farmers.

To meet the financing needs of businesses, or helps in the set up,     RWYCAD negotiates with banks and microfinance institutions. Loan application files are drawn up by our staff, who closely supervise young entrepreneurs until they have repaid the loan that has enabled them to launch their business. As the project covers even youth close to urban areas, poultry farming, fish farming and market gardening are the most popular training courses.

One beneficiary, Mary, “said, “she started with one hen house, but now she has more because of high market demand, a 25 year old, who has become completely self-sufficient since completing her training.


RWYCAD’s goal is to show that farming is a business and is a worthy and economically viable occupation. RWYCAD’s mission is to improve the living standard of young men and women through their involvement in agricultural and rural enterprises.

Our aim is to give young men and women greater access to in-come generating opportunities.

Getting started:

The process of involving young people in agriculture includes training in for example, crop and livestock farming, agro-tourism, agro-processing, beekeeping, the production of handicrafts, and the

For youths to actively get involved in agriculture, there must be value for the resources (money and time) spent. These means high paying ventures that will motivate the youths (rural and urban) to get involve in agriculture.

Projects with short-term benefits: these are innovations/programs/projects that will give quick returns such as vegetable growing (urban/kitchen/backyard farming), piggery, poultry (keeping birds) and aquaculture (fish rearing). Urban farming for instance, would allow urban youths to engage themselves in the production of highly valuable and marketable crops using the least available space and earn cash from sales of such products to the urban market(s).example , cauliflower, cabbages, tomatoes, among others grown in sacs or buckets on verandas.

Piggery, poultry and aquaculture may fit both rural and urban youths depending on the scale of production.

Projects with long and short-term benefits: Agroforestry (growing trees with crops). Climate change is a serious threat to agriculture, thus strategies to increase farmers’ adaptation must be developed. One of such strategies includes growing trees together with crops as well as animals. In this case, youths can be actively involved in growing trees alongside with crops which they harvest on a regular basis to sell and get income while the trees will give returns after sometimes. e.g. soybeans, groundnuts and any other high value crops grown together with trees. Trees in this case will provide rain, protect the soil from erosion and keeps moisture in the soil thus conserving the soil.


My Comments:

1. In any of these areas, I argued, bringing in a unique way how you will have to get the youth involved and stay in the sector without abandoning the project after sometimes. Also as I indicated above, the need for initial start-up capital for the youths.

2. The Select commodities are those that have good market and prices since these are the drivers for production of such crops.

3. Ages 15-35 for male and 15-50 for female category of youths and women should be engaged and how they can be selected is mainly based on illiterates and literates ,who are under/unemployed; in both urban and rural areas.

4. The proposed program can be made sustainable for instance by forming a youth SACCO or bank or cooperative to make them have a better bargaining power during sales of produce.

Plan of activities:

Objective

Activity

Period of implementation

To increase rural employment

Training to stimulate growth of rural farm and non-farm sectors

2016-2021

To increase investment in education and vocational training

Involve more young people

2016-2021

To promote cooperatives

Encourage small scale farmers to work together to improve productivity and access to markets.

On going

To ensure that women who represent a major work force in rural areas, receive the same benefits and support as men

Involve more women in farming and entrepreneurship.

On going

To ensure that agriculture provides the quality and quantity of food required to sustain a healthy population.

Increase agricultural trainings for improved quality, productivity and sustainable agriculture.

On going

To ensure food safety, human nutrition, food security and socio-economic growth.

Encourage greater collaboration between the agricultural, health and nutrition sectors with the rural practitioners.

On going

To stimulate small scale farm production for poverty reductions.

Provide farm inputs, carry out soil testing, and improve post- harvest handling, storage, processing and marketing.

2016-2021

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Team

Hello Obua Godfrey and Empowerment without borders,
Do you think grain moisture testing to stop Postharvest loss like afllatoxin would be a skill youth could use to make agricultural business a worthy and economically viable occupation, meet employers and learn the market place?

<https://challenges.openideo.com/goto/challenge/youth-empowerment-challenge/jobs-for-youth-to-reverse-cereal-grain-postharvest-loss>

William

Jobs for Youth to Reverse Postharvest loss

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Team

Dear William,

Thank you William for your comments.

Yes, for sure it is part of the activity.
From my own experience, farmers today need a lot of information, not only the youth coming in, especially in Africa, although some of these information may seem to be simple and less important or they are expected to be known by them ,as in other regions of the world.

Thank again,
Regards,
Godfrey Obua.

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Hello Godfrey Obua,
Yes that almost goes without saying. The question is do you want to exchange email and then user experience maps and collaborate so the experts can see how our innovative team would help youth implement, learn and established business that reverse aflatoxin? T
he moisture testing project believes aflatoxin indicates a very weak link in the African grain value chain.

William

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Team

Yes William,

I think that’s a good idea, let’s go ahead and plan well, so we can help readers to understand what our ideas are all about.

Please, know that there are many useful ideas and information that very few people in Africa make farmers know, in our project we always try our best to search all relevant and useful information that can improve productivity, quality, and reduce post-harvest losses, and make farmers reap more at market, for the benefits of our clients, of which yours is already one of such information we always look for.

Regards,

Godfrey Obua

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Hello Obua Godfrey,
<NeverIdleStorage@gmail.com> is the email contact we can use to exchange User experience maps and plan well as you suggest. Please send me your email contact or send an email to <NeverIdleStorage@gmail.com>so we can exchange user experience maps so the experts see how our team will innovate to teach moisture testing skills that reverse Postharvest loss.

Thanks for your user experience ma in advance,
William

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Team

Dear William,


Thanks for your email.

My Email: <obua.godfrey@gmail.com>   
Regards,

Godfrey Obua.

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Team

Hello Obua Godfrey,
William (NeverIdle) hopes you are doing well and wish to invite you to the "1st All African Postharvest Congress and Exhibition (March 28 - 31) Nairobi" <http://africa-postharvestconference.uonbi.ac.ke/>. We hope to meet and discuss more about Moisture meters and testing to Reverse Grain Postharvest Loss."
Regards,
William

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Team

Hello William Lanier ,

Thank you for your invitation, it's very important for me to attend.

Please send me the detail about the same and what I would need to prepare to share with you during the event,to my Email: obua.godfrey@gmail.com

Looking forward to meeting you there.

Regards,

Godfrey Obua

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Hello Godfey,
You will have to contact the AAPHCE organizers about sponsorship.
Ae you on LinkedIn? If so send request with personal note to <www.linkedin.com/in/williamthomaslanier>

Reaagrads,
William

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Team

Hello William,
Thanks.
I do so, I have LinkedIn.
Regards,
Godfrey Obua

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Team

did you send request?

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Team

Ho, I am trying it out, I haven't used it yet! I mean the messaging, I used it for other search purposes only.

Photo of Obua Godfrey
Team

William, Yes, I have done. Thanks, Regards, Godfrey

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Team

No request to join my LinkedIn network has arrived? I doubt you can send a LinkedIn message to me without sending a request to join?

Photo of Obua Godfrey
Team

Hello William, I have tried but it remained in drafts only my system failed to send, it can search no message sent.
can I use the email?

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Team

I think I am done now.

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