9 ways to engage youth in agriculture

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

ID-10083575 In Africa over 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24, the youngest population in the world. This age group according to the African Economic Outlooks is expected to double in number by 2045. Low profitability, poor security of land tenure, and high risks are just some of the reasons Africa’s youth are leaving rural areas to seek jobs in cities, a migration that could see Africa with a shortage of farmers in the future. Given that agriculture is one of the continent’s biggest economic sectors, generating broad economic development and providing much of the population with food, this poses a serious threat to the future of farming and to meeting the demands of a rapidly growing urban population. Growing youth unemployment, ageing farmers and declining crop yields under traditional farming systems mean engaging youth in agriculture should be a priority.

Recent articles highlight this key challenge and suggest…

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Obama Refuses to Take Selfie With Young Girl, But Takes One With Malaysia’s P.M.


Well, here’s more proof that the selfie epidemic is still running rampant.

President Barack Obama landed in Malaysia on Saturday, and by Sunday, he’d already taken a selfie with the nation’s prime minister, Najib Razak.

The pol tweeted the photo:

It’s kind of awkward, right? Well, what makes it even more awkward is the fact that just days before, during his visit to Seoul, South Korea, Obama totally denied a 13-year-old girl a selfie of her own.

After the President spoke to U.S. troops, he spotted the girl holding a sign that read, “MR. PRESIDENT MAY I HAVE A SELFIE WITH YOU?” He did not fulfill her request, so this selfie with Razak is some major salt in her emotional wounds.

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N for Net-Map

Participation Dictionary


The participation of diverse stakeholders in a matter most times involves conflict of interests. In this scenario, in order to reach consensus, negotiation might be needed. However, in order to achieve a better outcome for all those involved, people need to be aware of their position in relation to others and also to understand other’s needs and position.

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Thinking about how to manage those conflicts, Dr. Eva Schiffer created the net-mapping toolbox. Net-mapping is mapping tool based in interviewed, and helps people understand, visualize, discuss and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes (Schiffer, 2007). This tool helps to determine: what actors are involved in a given network; how are they linked; how influential they are; and, what are their goals.

Here is a video that can help better understanding this tool:

This tool can be used as a way of finding common ground on highly debated…

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Ozeki, Bulawayo win Los Angeles Times Book Awards for fiction

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A Tale for the Time Being -- Ozeki      We Need New Names -- Bulawayo

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being and NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names won the Fiction and First Fiction awards, respectively, at the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, held at USC’s Bovard Auditorium on Friday night.

The awards opened the L.A. Times Festival of Books weekend, held annually on the USC campus near downtown Los Angeles.

Other winners included Marie Arana in the Biography category for Bolivar: American Liberator and Sheri Fink in the Current Interest category for Five Days at Memorial about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. J.K. Rowling, writing as Kenneth Galbraith, won the Mystery/Thriller award for The Cuckoo’s Calling. Austrian-born, Berlin-based graphic artist/writer Ulli Lust won in the Graphic Novel category for Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life.

Susan Straight won the Robert Kirsch Award for her body of fiction set in Southern California. Kirsch was…

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