It is an initiative aiming at empowering youth to engage in agribusiness to reduce food insecurity and youth unemployment in Uganda.
Ssekamate Julius Makerere U, Uganda
Ssekawabe Julius Makerere U Official Page, Uganda
Mayanja Timothy Makerere U, Uganda
Namata Joy Makerere U, Uganda
CORN FOR LIFE
The world still faces a fundamental food security challenge. Despite steadily falling fertility rates and family sizes, the world population continues to increase, and so, in parallel, will the absolute demand for food. Food demand will also shift in the coming decades, as (i) economic growth increases people's purchasing power; (ii) growing urbanization encourages people to adopt new diets; and (iii) climate change threatens both land and water resources.
Today's agriculture offers new opportunities to hundreds of millions of rural poor to move out of poverty. In the 21st Century, agriculture continues to be a fundamental instrument for sustainable development and poverty reduction. In Uganda, it is the engine of economic growth, contributing 42% of GDP, 85% of export earnings and providing employment to 80% of the current population of about 33 million people. However, there is inadequate and inefficient utilizes of farm power countrywide especially the youth: A major reason for the country cultivating only 27% of the agricultural land. The reason why there has been a reverse in the country can is concisely embedded in this statement below;
"An African woman bent under the sun, weeding sorghum in an arid field with a hoe, a child strapped on her back, a vivid image of rural poverty. For her large family and million like her, the scanty booty of subsistence farming is the only chance to Survive" The above statement clearly describes the state in which Uganda's agriculture is in, as explained below;
• It is characterized by the use of rudimentary tools like hoes.
• It is mainly subsistence.
• It is left for the women.
• It is characterized by low yields.
• It characterized by the use of poor methods of farming.
• It is rural based, among others.
Uganda as a country has the potential and adequate resources to feed the whole of Africa in the next 50 years but it's amazing that it is one of the victim countries of food insecurity. Therefore as Corn for Life, we believe that this is an opportunity for the mass unemployed youths to exploit in order to combat the widely spread poverty at the same time increase food production in the country.
Corn for Life is a youth initiative aiming at empowering youth to engage in intensive commercialized agriculture as a way reducing food insecurity and youth unemployment in Uganda and Africa at large.
To see a transformation in the lives of the youth through agriculture.
Making Uganda the world food source
• To increase food production in Uganda.
• To encourage the youth to appreciate and embrace agriculture.
• To create employment opportunities.
• To improve access to training and capacity development.
• To develop a data base of agencies that can provide access to the youth on information on the agriculture.
• To improve and ease access to resources.
• The project will provide a steady income not only to the youth but also to marginalized citizens of the country especially the ones in the rural setting
• The project will also be fundamental when it comes to increase in food production in the country.
• The project will also be a source of livelihood for an estimated 86 percent of the rural people especially the youth.
• The project will be instrumental in removing the youth phobia towards agriculture
• The project will be of great influence when it comes to rural development
• It will improve and ease the access of resource to the youth especially those in the rural areas such as; cultivation land, capital, machinery, technological and information assistance.
• The vision bearers of the project also look forward to create a data base that will provide the youth with information about the current markets, the modern methods of farming among others.
• The project will facilitate market opportunities to the primary and valued- added agricultural products produce by the young entrepreneurs via special arrangements.
• The project will facilitate networking among the youth.
• The project will improve access to training and capacity development to the members
1. Creating awareness;
• By conducting agricultural awareness and empowerment seminars.
• Organizing agricultural debates and quiz competitions in primary, secondary schools and high institutions of learning.
• Using of media, such as Face book, twitter and others like Televisions, radios and newspapers.
2. Improved access to Training and Capacity Development;
• Establishing membership clubs in primary, secondary schools and high institution of learning.
• More opportunities for on farm training for youth (Demonstration farms).
• Enterprise development training particularly in value added activities such as food processing and packaging.
3. Improved and easier access to resources such as;
• Technology and Information
• Facilitating access to and encouraging the use of appropriate technology
• Developing a data base of agencies that can provide access to youth on information in agriculture
4. Facilitating Market Opportunities;
• Providing targeted marketing opportunities for primary and value-added agricultural products produced by young entrepreneurs via special arrangements with schools, hotels and other stakeholders.
5. Facilitating networking among youth;
• Providing incentives to encourage collaboration and group activity of youth through the membership clubs.
6. Organizing Youth Award for Excellence in Agriculture basing on;
• Innovation primary production (crops and livestock).
• Value Added.
• Biotechnological Developments.
Corn for Life will be arranged under a membership program where every member will be required to pay a certain fee. On addition to that, we plan to establish agricultural training centers and commercial farms, and the trainees will be required to pay a certain fee to be enrolled in our training programs. The money generated from these programs will help us to financially sustain the project.
We also want to create a strong and strategic partnership with other stakeholders in Agribusiness in Uganda and other countries.
If the project is successful in Uganda, we will extend it in other East Africa countries.
Our Design Statement
Corn For Life is a youth initiative aiming at empowering youth to engage in intensive commercialized agriculture ( Agribusiness) in order to reduce youth unemployment and food insecurity in the country
INSIGHTS OUR TEAM FORMULATED
From the exploration session, we discovered that; Uganda as a country has the potential and adequate resources to feed the whole of Africa in the next 50 years but it's amazing that it is one of the victim countries of food insecurity. One may say; this is mainly caused by inadequate and inefficient utilizes of farm power countrywide: A major reason for the country cultivating only 27% of the agricultural land.
On additional to that, we also came to realize that; Youth unemployment in Uganda is the highest in Africa. A recent study, Lost opportunity? Gaps in youth policy and programming in Uganda, published by Action Aid, put youth unemployment at 62%, although the African Development Bank says it could be as high as 83%.
Uganda has the world's largest percentage of young people under 30 – 78% – according to the to the 2012 State of Uganda population report by the UN Population Fund. Worldwide, there are about 1.2 billion 15- to 24-year-olds. About 200 million are in Africa.
The analysis from the statistic above helped us to come up with following insights;
Agriculture can be a grand opportunity for the mass unemployed youth to exploit in order to combat the widely spread poverty in the country.
Empowering the youth to involve in intensive commercialized agriculture ( Agribusiness) will increase the efficiency in the utilization of farm power hence increasing on the agricultural land cultivated.
This will not only reduce youth unemployment, it will increase food production in the country hence reducing food insecurity.