Mind-set/behavior change among the youth in Uganda for sustainable youth-led agricultural transformation
Negative mindsets not only of youth, but also of stakeholders towards youth are a significant limitation to youth participation in agriculture. The objective of the session was to discuss best practices and develop recommendations mindset change for youth-led agricultural transformation for economic development. The session was facilitated by Marcelina Busomoke of the National Youth Council.
The session begun with understanding the meaning mind-set transformation, including the causes of the poor youth mind-set towards agriculture. Different approaches to mind-set change were discussed, including the fact that mindset change should not be limited to the agricultural sector and to youth alone, but to all relevant sectors and stakeholders whose multi-dimensional activities contribute to agricultural transformation for economic development.
Some of the current best practices in mindset transformation are as follows:
- Show casing and profiling some of the youth that have been successful in agriculture especially through fairs to share their success stories and that will motivate others;
- Inspirational talks organized by the various stakeholders at different fora;
- Building platforms that trigger mind-set change. Use of social media to access and acquire market information and to trigger mind-set change;
- Incorporating agriculture into primary and secondary school curricula;
- Providing incentives to inspire young people to engage in agriculture.
The group’s top 3 recommendations for Mindset/Behavior change among youth in Uganda for sustainable youth-led agricultural transformation were as follows:
- Government needs to sensitize and promote agricultural entrepreneurship among the youth by highlighting the opportunities in the sector. Agricultural programmes should be delivered to the youth through social media platforms. Similarly, the government should address the bottlenecks of entry into agriculture, some of which include: insufficient access to knowledge, information and education; limited access to land; inadequate access to financial services; limited access to markets and limited involvement in policy dialogue.
- Access to finance should be an important priority to facilitate youth agribusinesses and sustainable youth-led agricultural enterprises.
- Youth should continuously receive training in financial literacy and business skills as part of monitoring, evaluation and learning processes.