Talent Development at CFS42

Given the critical need to attract and train a new generation of farmers, farm leaders, agribusiness workers and managers, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held a special event on October 15th, 2015, in Rome on “Developing the knowledge, skills and talent of youth to further food security and nutrition”. This interactive discussion surrounded lessons learned and potential policy implications on how to develop the knowledge, skills and talent of youth. Hlami Ngwenya of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) was there to represent the Private Sector Mechanism on the panel.

Youth were also encouraged to pitch their ideas for making agriculture more attractive to young talent through a new initiative, the CFS 42 Youth for Food Security and Nutrition (Y4FSN) Idea Incubator.

A Call to Action

A coalition of interested partners has brought in front of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) a call to action to define strategies for improving talent development systems in agriculture.

Talent Development in Agriculture
Perfect Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture
Knowledge, Skills, and Talent Development in the Agri-Food Sector

Past Events

Side Event at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development: Talent Development in Agriculture – Growing Ambitions for Food

Financing for DevelopmentWednesday, 15 July 2015,
Hilton Hotel, Jacaranda, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

IAFN hosted a side-event on Talent Development in Agriculture – Growing Ambitions for Food during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development #Ffd3
Side-event Information on UN.ORG

Organising Partners:

  • Young Professionals in Agricultural Research and Development (YPARD)
  • UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD);
  • African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS)
  • Global Forum for Agricultural Research Services (GFRAS)
  • Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP)

A Call to Action

A coalition of interested partners brought in front of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) a call to action to define strategies for improving talent development systems in agriculture.

Talent Development in Agriculture

The event presented this call to action and focus on 5 key areas that have been identified to work on progressive goals and innovative partnerships:

  1. Create an enabling environment and incentives for private sector engagement in talent development to improve linkages between supply and demand of knowledge and skills
  2. Promote demand-driven and innovative agriculture education, training, and skills development programmes geared towards transformation and maintaining high performance culture at all levels
  3. Recruit and retain youth and women in agriculture through incentives and the promotion of conducive environments for equitable access to secure land tenure, inputs, financial services, knowledge, and markets;
  4. Develop national agricultural plans and resource mobilisation strategies to enhance talent development in agriculture, food, and natural resources while including women and youth in the process;
  5. Develop monitoring, learning, evaluation, and knowledge management systems for talent development.

Background

Agriculture plays a significant role in achieving global food and nutrition security, increasing economic growth, and attaining environmental sustainability. Representing close to 40% of the global workforce, agriculture is the world’s largest provider of jobs, employing over 1.3 billion people. To transform agriculture into a more productive, sustainable, competitive, and efficient sector, demands modern knowledge and skill transfer to develop talent in agriculture. It means up-skilling and re-tooling of the current agricultural workforce. It means retaining people with skills. It means attracting new personnel and expanding the range of career opportunities available in the agriculture-food-nutrition-environment nexus. Most importantly, it means creating incentives and campaigns that encourage young people to see agriculture as a one of the best options for a career choice.

Talent Development