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Talent Development In Ag – A Call to Action

In October 2013 the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed its Multi-Year Programme of Work for 2015-17, including a Round Table entitled “A Plan of Action to Build Knowledge, Skills, and Talent Development to Further Food and Nutrition Security”. The endorsement by the CFS of this topic signalled talent development in agriculture would take increased precedence in the United Nations food security agenda. In response to this plan of action, a coalition of interested partners engaged through an iterative process to define strategies for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of talent development systems of the world’s most important industry, agriculture. Several key areas have been identified where there is need for working on progressive goals and innovative partnerships to implement them.

Read the document Talent Development In Ag – A Call to Action (PDF 597KB)

CFS High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets

Thursday 25 June 2015

9.30-17.00, Red Room, FAO Heaquarters, Rome, Italy

Send your questions for the panel:
By Twitter:  UN_CFS #cfshlf
By email:  cfs [at] fao.org with “Smallholder Question” in the subject line

The CFS High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets brings together a wide range of concerned stakeholders to discuss issues, challenges and ways to improve the access of smallholders to markets. The event will also seek to identify ways in which CFS can contribute to addressing those challenges and arrive at broad recommendations on areas for priority action to strengthen smallholder access to markets.


Hlamalani Ngwenya on PERFECT Opportunitues for Youth in Agriculture

Download and read PERFECT Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture – Reaching thousands through national radio program in South Africa By Hlami Ngwenya (PDF 100KB)

African bank joins in push to encourage young farmers


24 May 2015. Kampala, Uganda – The African Development Bank, Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Alliance for a Green Revolution Africa (AGRA) have joined efforts to combat increasing youth unemployment in Africa through agribusiness incubation.

The joint initiative is coordinated by African Development bank under the theme ‘Enabling Youth for employment. The purpose of the programme is to create options for youth engagement in agribusiness, increase financing mechanisms and networking opportunities for youth engagement in agribusiness, trade and investment along agriculture value chains

The vice President of Africa Development Bank (AfDB) Mr. A. Abou-Sabaa and Director Agriculture and agro industry Mr. C. Ojukwu in a preess statement said the bank’is committed to support private sector engagement in agribusiness and their interest to explore all options for youth focused job creation in partnership with national, regional and international development partners.