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Sustaining the impact of capacity development initiatives for African youth in agriculture

This document summarizes the online discussion Sustaining the impact of capacity development initiatives for African youth in agriculture, which was held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition in Africa (FSN Forum Africa) from 25 October to 17 November 2017.

The online discussion was organized under the Regional Initiative on Sustainable Production Intensification and Value Chain Development in Africa of the FAO Regional Office for Africa (RAF), in partnership with the Capacity Development Unit (DPSC) of the Partnerships and South-South Cooperation Division (DPS) of FAO, the Songhai Centre, the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD).

The aim was to solicit opinions on capacity development sustainability initiatives for young agripreneurs in Africa, and to contribute to identifying challenges and opportunities related to sustaining the impact of all interventions (existing and future ones) aimed at developing capacities and engaging youth in agriculture. The discussion was facilitated by Justin Chisenga from FAO and supported by the following subject matter experts: Eyawassou Baya (Songhai Centre), Alex Ariho (AAIN), Tony Nsanganira (FAO-RAF), Nawsheen Hosenally (AgriBusiness TV, Burkina Faso), Msekiwa Matsimbe (YPARD Malawi) and Ken Lohento (CTA).

Over the three weeks of discussion, participants from 25 countries shared 98 contributions. The topic introduction and the questions proposed, as well as the contributions received, are available on the discussion page: