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RYAF kicks off its Youth Knowledge Exchange Program

Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) has today held its first session under the Youth Knowledge Exchange (YKE) program which attracted representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Culture and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources in charge of policy making and capacity building respectively.

Under the theme, “Role of Youth in the national self-reliance pathways; financial and market inclusiveness”, the 3-hour session attracted over 30 youth who attended to share knowledge and learn from the officials present. The Youth Knowledge Exchange program was started by RYAF with an aim for the youth to share information and bring them together to meet policy makers and leaders from different organizations and offices to learn about different policies.

“This program will be held at different levels including sectorial and district levels to discuss good ideas that can benefit and create a solution to different challenges we (youth) face in our businesses and how they can be implemented.” said Hategekimana.

The YKE program will be held every month with different topics of discussion and invited guests where youth will share their challenges with decision makers to find solutions.

Hearing from John Bosco Rwayitare, Policy Specialist from the Ministry of Youth and Agriculture, the YKE program is a good idea as this will enable exchange of ideas and challenges faced by youth that will help them find how youth can be involved in policy making.

“These sessions therefore are good because we are able to align the youth ideas and challenges in developing policies that can favor the youth in employment.” said Rwayitare.

Rwayitare also added that according to statistics, youth have moved from market-oriented businesses and gone to subsistence, yet agriculture is the largest sector that can employ more youth. He urged them to prepare good concept notes and business proposals, go through the right ministries for financial support.

Jean Claude Turambane, the Capacity Building Specialist at MINAGRI encouraged the youth to also utilize the free government land available to start up their businesses and not complain about lack of land for starters.

The YKE program will be held every month with different topics of discussion and invited guests where youth will share their challenges with decision makers to find solutions.

From RYAF Communication Team

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