Dr Carol Serwaa Donkor, Coordinator for the National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme (NAELP) has engaged with the youth, some from mining towns in the Ashanti Region to speak on the interventions of NAELP, making a case for agriculture as a profitable and viable alternative livelihood venture.
Agriwealth Ghana Foundation, based in Kumasi, held a maiden edition of its flagship programme dubbed ‘Ghana Youth Agriculture summit’ aimed at empowering the youth to take up food production in the country.
Speaking at the summit under the theme which dubbed ‘Agriculture – A Solution to Youth Unemployment and Driver for Economic Development’ in the Kumapley Engineering Auditorium at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi over the weekend on 9th April, 2022, the NAELP Boss spoke about NAELP’s willingness to provide seedlings and training to support the youth who intend to venture into agribusiness.
It was a powerful and inspirational conversation which saw the youth responding to the call to enter agribusiness.
The Agriwealth Ghana Foundation summit was being organised in collaboration with the National Entrepreneurship Innovation Programme (NEIP) ,
Available studies indicate that the majority of labour engaged in agricultural activities in the country are aged 50 years and above. This study further informs the assertion that the role of food production and security of the nation lies in the hands of the nation’s weakest labour force.
Therefore, the agro-entrepreneurial centred summit seeks to sensitise Ghanaian youth on the enormous potentials the agricultural sector presents; especially in the areas of innovation, modernisation and industrialisation.
Some of key actors and dignitaries present were Deputy Finance Minister, John Ampontuah Kumah; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) Kofi Ofosu Nkansah; the Coordinator, National Alternative Employment & Livelihood Programme, Dr. Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor; and CEO KFF Investment, Kwaku Fosu Frimpong.
Others are Farmer & Actor, John Dumelo; President, Ghana-India Trade Advisory Chamber, Dominic Oduro Antwi; Founder Farmertribe, Sepencia Darko; Founder, Treellion Farms & Oasal, Amma Serwaa Frimpong; and General Manager in charge of Small Medium Enterprises, GH Eximbank, Bright Evans Darko.
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