Why Young Farmers matter
Uganda’s agriculture sector continues to stagnate even as its population is expected to double over the next 20 years. Youth represent 80 percent of the country’s unemployed and a majority of the current farm population. Sector stagnation Those who work in agriculture largely do so as members of farm families that employ them without pay. Others work as day labourers barely earning a living wage. And some participate in an underground agro-economy that creates quick income but jeopardizes legitimate farming gains. The overwhelming experience of Uganda’s youth is that farming is neither a lucrative business nor a progressive one—and certainly not something to aspire to. Farming a viable career YOFACO works to change this by making farming a viable career path for Ugandan youth. Through a focused program of advocacy, training, community-building, and partnership development, we are working to make the agriculture sector a place where young people are met with the resources and support they need to develop innovative approaches and achieve meaningful gains—a place where Uganda’s vast, untapped talent pool can thrive. By harnessing the creativity and ambition of young people and showing the potential of agriculture, we can transform the sector to create jobs, ensure food security, and reduce poverty. What Young Farmers want Like young people everywhere, young Ugandan farmers—and would-be future farmers—want to express creativity and exercise some control in the work they do. Their aspirations extend well beyond their current roles, or what they have been told is impossible. Young Ugandan farmers—and would- be future farmers—want to express creativity and exercise some control in the work they do.