The youth represent the new face of agriculture in Kenya and the whole sub saharan African continent as a whole. Here are the main reasons why:
- One in every 3 Kenyans is considered a youth
- They represent 60% of the workforce in Kenya
- The Irony is that current youth unemployment is at 64%
Ojay Greene is intentional about involving the youth as active game changers in Transforming Agriculture in Kenya. In 2017, Ojay Greene conducted an internship program hosting 8 high potential University students from The University of Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology studying Agricultural Economics or Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. The program was designed to immerse these young high potential changemakers into the practical aspects of the Agricultural Value chain in Kenya. Through the program, these students gained insight into the behind the scenes problems that Ojay Greene is working to solve. They began to understand the problems faced by smallholder farmers, as well as the problems faced by buyers and key players in the Agricultural Value chain. With deliberate coaching and mentorship, they were given the opportunity to come up with practical applicable solutions which will be adopted by Ojay Greene as they further engage with smallholder farmers.
The outcome of this program was that it made them realize that they had more potential than they thought they would to become agents of change. Ojay Greene is looking to see how these budding lives will change the landscape of agriculture in Kenya and play a significant role towards SDG 2-achieving zero hunger.
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