International Youth Day was designated by the United Nations (UN) in the year 1999, in an attempt to raise awareness regarding the cultural and legal issue concerning youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August 2000 and has been observed annually ever since. In 1999, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made the ‘World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth’, and subsequently International Youth Day came to be celebrated annually.
This day is meant to signify and highlight the importance of young people, not just as a future generation, but also as the current driving force of change in the world. Various activities like concerts, workshops, cultural events and meetings are organized to engage the youth and in order to bring their voices, actions, and initiatives to the mainstream.
Each year, the observance of International Youth Day is marked with a theme, relevant to the times. The theme for 2020 is “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, and this has never been of more significance, than during the current conditions. The theme seeks to shed light on “the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes.” It highlights the importance of the influence that youth can have over where the future is headed and how their political and social involvement can aid in creating better, more sustainable policies for the world as a whole.
It is also important to note that the current challenges that humanity is facing can only be tackled with global action. From the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought the world to a standstill, to the Black Lives Matter Movement – the youth, globally, is unabashedly representing their ideologies and beliefs for better living and societal conditions.
Rwanda is one of the Africans Countries has put a lot of effort into building youth capacity, in various sectors based on national development.
So, far agriculture is the major source of livelihood as well as the main source of income of rural farmers and young agro entrepreneurs around the country. The agriculture employs 80 per cent of Rwandans and contributes 33 percent of the country’s GDP.
Youth’s engagement in agriculture and livestock sector is critical for the transformation of the sector into a vibrant business, because in 2016, Government of Rwanda has conducted a survey, it was intended to illustrate the existing problem to have a large number of farmers over the age 50, the study found that if there are no measures were taken by the Rwandan Government to encourage young people to get involved in agriculture, this country will be left with no farmers remain by 2030.
This study led the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) establishes RYAF (Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) as platform that brings together young entrepreneurs in agribusiness, aiming to positively change the way young people consider the agriculture sector in business and encouraging them to join other agricultural business-oriented groups for development.
Since its inception, RYAF has played a key role in transforming Rwanda’s agriculture and livestock sector into a popular and youth-oriented sector.
We currently have more than 12000 young people across the country who are involved in agriculture and livestock as business rather than science. Through various youth forums of entrepreneurs such as HoReCo and YEAN RWANDA.
On this day, World celebrates international Youth Day, there has been much achieved by these young entrepreneurs in agriculture in Rwanda. RYAF as a forum for all young people in agriculture in Rwanda via their twitter handle, they conveyed a message of appreciation for the contribution of the youth to their achievements in the last 4 years in agriculture
“As today marks this year’s celebration of the International Youth Day 2020, we recognize huge contribution made by young entrepreneurs in Agriculture who work tirelessly to make Rwanda’s agriculture sector attractive for the youth.”
FROM Communication TEAM