PRESENTATION: Changing Youth’s Perceptions of Agriculture Experiences from Liberia
Discussions regarding youth and agriculture frequently focus on youth’s lack of interest in the sector. As a result, the perception of youth’s disinterest in agriculture continues. In this session, we will explore how three projects engaged Liberian youth found that not only are youth interested in agriculture; they can thrive in the sector. You will learn about tailored approaches to the first engagement with youth where mindset is formed around the business opportunities in agriculture. These three programs involved highly vulnerable youth; university- and TVET engaged-youth; and youth engaged in commercial activities. Speakers will discuss designing programs that form an agro business perspective along with hands-on learning opportunities to successfully engage youth in the agriculture sector. Additionally, you will be able to hear youth speak for themselves through a series of short video clips.
Hillary Proctor, Director, Technical Services, Making Cents International (USA)
Cheryl Doty, Senior Economic Development Specialist, RTI International (USA)
Leanne L. Blanchette, Communications Specialist, USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program (FED) (USA)