Youth studying agriculture in the various tertiary institutions across the country have been empowered under the Agricultural Student’s Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue Bootcamp (AG-STUD), to appreciate the various opportunities within the agricultural value chain.
The bootcamp is an Agri-booster and capacity building initiative, intentionally designed to empower the Ghanaian youth in a futuristic way that also feed into the country’s agricultural objective of achieving food security, while providing sustainable employment.
Speaking at the opening of the 4th AG-STUD, on the theme, “we have enabled and established the agri-youth! Time to scale-up them-up to feed Ghana”, the Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa said.
“Through the bootcamp, we have trained and mentored about 600 students directly and about 20,000 students indirectly. Through AG-STUD, business clubs have been set up in about 10 institutions where students have come up with agribusiness ideas, grown them and nurtured them into real businesses.”
She added: “About 14 individuals have also nurtured their individual ideas and are now operating these businesses on their own.”
This year, the 5-day bootcamp is going to be more practical in order to empower students, agribusinesses and participants with knowledge in best farming practices, particularly, in line with fertilizer application and appropriate use of inputs, farm management, agribusiness knowledge, industry innovations, and other competence based training sessions, that are critical to mitigate fallouts and accelerate the agri-youth to be more resilient and positioned to support feed their communities and Ghana as a whole.
“We shall also build their capacity in business plan development, presentations on the latest trends, outlooks, and innovations in agriculture.”
This year, the additional six schools that joined the list of participating schools included, Kwadaso Agric College, Damango Agric College, Wenchi Agric College, Asuanzi Farm Institute, Fair River, Ohaw Agric College, Agric department of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Agric department of University of Ghana, Central University, University of Cape Coast, Ghana Christian university college, All Nations University and University of Energy and Natural Resources.
“Our growing list of schools is a clear indication of the positive socio-economic impacts the program is having on participants and we are therefore committed to ensuring that this year, our youth are equipped to feed the nation going forward,” she said.