Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, December 3, 2012

CTA Strategic Youth Stakeholder Workshop

14th to 16th November 2012 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. About 25 young professionals, youth champions from ACP countries and partners from international organizations working on Youth in Agriculture and Rural Development were brought together by the CTA to participate in its Strategic Youth Stakeholder Workshop.

CTA presented key elements of its 2011-2015 Strategic Plan abd the Youth in agriculture activities it has been undertaking in three key areas (youth in agricultural science and research, youth in agriculture policies, youths and ICTs).

Some of the organisations which were represented during the workshop included: Yam-Pukri, CARICOM, Caribbean Regional Agricultural Policy Network (CARPAN), Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, Savannah Young Farmers Network, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Ndola Youth Resource Center, University of Nairobi, FAO, IFAD, Young Professionals' Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD), African Youth Forum (AFY), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), SangoNet, International Labor Organization (ILO), and Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN).

During the 3-day workshop, the participants shared their experiences allowing for an improved understanding on key issues and initiatives undertaken in ACP countries. With this information, recommendations on the strategic focus areas targeted by CTA youth activities will be validated and potential project ideas, collaborative initiatives and partnerships for future actions will also be identified.

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