Last week, the Youth Ag Summit was held in Australia, drawing together more than 100 bright lights from 33 countries who all came together to talk about the future of food and agriculture. See some of the highlights through their YouTube video.
Bahkita Mkwingwiri from Balaka District in Malawi works with Gorta-Self Help Africa as a village-based farm adviser to lead farmers in Bisani village. She and Gorta-Self Help Africa extension agent Veneless Chimpesa were amongst the recipients of a travel bursary to attend a ten-week training course at Shuttleworth Agricultural College in the UK this summer. Farming First interviewed them about their experiences in Malawi and the UK.
14 July 2015, Addis Ababa – Highlighting a renewed global interest in agriculture, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is expanding its collaboration with FAO, a move aimed at broadening and deepening investment in agriculture in countries outside of the European Union.
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.
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