Can a ‘city mouse’ make a good farmer?

The eyes of ‘city mice’ needs to be opened to the potential in Agriculture.

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

Born and bred in the city, my only interaction with farming and livestock was when I visited my grandparents’ farm during vacations. My grandmother used to call me ‘city mouse,’ because I wasn’t a local from the village.

It was during these visits that I noticed some contrasts between the urban educational system I experienced and the one my cousins in the village had. In one vivid example, I remember thinking, “I NEVER used a cutlass in basic school — here it’s an admission requirement!

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Using knowledge to power agricultural innovation in Africa

Getting together with the grass root will make it easier to get a concrete, whole some repository of information.

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Knowledge is the bedrock of information and a driving force in today’s world. The field of agriculture has a lot of information that can be harnessed to improve food security in Africa. However, some questions come to mind: Are we aware of the availability of such information? Who has acces to it? What information is the most important?

These quesitons make knowledge management a crucial consideration if the issue of food security is to be improved in Africa. CIARD has as platform — RING – that serves as a global registry of web-based services, providing access to all kinds of information sources pertaining to agricultural research for development (AR4D).

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Being Bourgeois (& Other Ghanaian Delusions)

I couldn’t have expressed this as succinctly as you have. I pray this touches nerves and rekindles our self image (which we are gradually losing). Thank you brother.

Kobby Ankomah-Graham

I keep finding myself in conversations with people who whip out the word ‘bourgeois’. Some are loud and proud about it. Others mention the word in hushed tones, serving it up like they would a sly wink. Regardless of the approach, I wince.

The ‘poor African’ stereotype is a particularly strong one. Those who do not fit within it become deeply sensitive to it. You do everything you can to defy, avoid, subvert or destroy it. It’s not that non-poor Africans are arrogant or in denial. It’s that there is more than one African. You can’t herd everyone under one label, and where existing labels do not fit, people will find or create new ones.

At times, however, the new labels we find and create push so far in the opposite direction that they lose touch with reality. The label ‘bourgeois’ is – to me – one such step too…

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Youth are the future. Invest in them!

The youth are the future we’ve been waiting for. Invest in them!

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

With more than 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 years (comprising over 20% of the population and 70% of the population being under 30 years old), Africa‘s future seems bright. Young people usually bring new skills and abilities to the table, and tend to be highly competitive into sectors that use innovative technologies (such as ICT, social media or even agriculture).

But presently this is not the case in Africa. According to the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Youth Policy Case Studies, while approximately 70% of youth live in rural areas and represent almost 65% of the workforce there.
On average, 74% of the youth population in Africa lives on less than US$2 per day lacking the resources and skills to be competitive. With this potential, Africa’s transformation could have started “yesterday”. But because of poor support…

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