By: Dieudonne Iritararenga
Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) launches the Rwanda Chapter of African Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubation Network (AYL-FAIN) which aims to create jobs and wealth that inform government and stakeholder interventions targeting women and youths.
According to Jean Baptiste Hategekimana, Chairman of Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), you can’t believe in development without engaging youth, countries, especially Rwanda have to empower their Youth in Agriculture.
They are in five clusters namely; crop production, livestock, agro-processing, inputs and other Agro-services as well as ICT for Agriculture in Rwanda.
’’To think about youth in agriculture is very crucial. Every capacity building in different sectors must focus on youth first of all. In Rwanda we still have gap in food consumption considering our neighbors in East Africa. The performing agriculture can be the answer to the food crisis. Empowering youth in agribusiness is to anticipate security of our future in Job creation and food security,’’ said Hategekimana at the launch, December 11, 2019.
Participants stressed that Rwanda, as a country known as thousand hills country, its economy is mostly based on agriculture, to be covered with many hills is an opportunity to agriculture. A huge number of people interested in this sector are aged over 55 years, whereby youth seems not to be interested.
‘’White color jobs are not only ones that people can target, we still have mindsets that to sit in the offices and wait for monthly salaries is very important than being a farmer, youth must stop complaining about jobs, they have to change their mindsets. Opportunities are everywhere but they are available for positive mindsets people,” said Emmanuel Uwizeyimana, in charge of Employment Policy and labor economist specialist at Mifotra, calling on youth to be agents of change in agriculture.
RYAF has been established in May 2016, to facilitate youth in agribusiness, to change their mindset, to promote, inform, advocate and mobilize Rwandan youth to engage in agribusiness as well as facilitating technical and financial support and linkages to youth with stakeholder’s coordination.
African Youth in Livestock Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubation Network (AYL_FAIN) was established in July,2017 in Dakar with the support from AU IBAR and AAIN and launched in Cairo, Egypt in July 2018. The network brings together youth from the 55 Pan African countries to establish business incubation hubs at country level and 5 regional hubs in North, East, Central, West and Southern Africa.