From 25th to 30th March 2017, African young farmers, also referred to as “rural youth” gathered in Bonn, Germany, to share their experiences and deliberate on how rural development could be accelerated.
The gathering was also aimed at soliciting ideas from the youth to contribute towards the Berlin Charter which was to be finalised and handed over to the G20 Conference in Berlin. One of the young farmers from the region, Ms Noi Selepe of Lesotho and a member of SACAU’s Young Farmers’ Forum, was selected in the March meeting to represent youth at the G20 Conference.
In her presentation, she highlighted that many entrepreneurs in Africa are in need of assistance to expand and grow their enterprises. “One of the approaches that has proved to be helpful in addressing the problem is for the youth is to get organised and form partnerships,” said Ms Selepe. She also indicated that through proper organisation, the youth will be able to dialogue and influence policy makers to develop the rural areas.
Ms Selepe asked the development partners to partner with the young entrepreneurs while allowing them to be in the driver’s seat. SACAU would like to congratulate Ms Selepe for adequately representing the youth of Africa at this important meeting.