Youth Agriculture Blog Competition launched

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Young Rwandan bloggers should invest more in agriculture based knowledge as their effort will be taken into consideration in 2017.

For the third time, the World Bank Africa through its initiative ‘the #Blog4Dev Contest’ has   launched a competition where young Rwandans, Kenyans and Ugandans discuss highlighted issues through their blogs. Submissions at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/65FSQJD are open up to January 15 to youth aged between 18 and 28 and whose ideas will fit the following criterias: originality, creativity, clarity, practicality and potential for scale-up. Also, the text must not exceed 500 words and should be written in English.

For this year ‘2017’, the World Bank wants the young generation to focus on the agriculture sector by sharing their views on the topic question ‘to farm or not to farm: What opportunities exist for youth to prosper in agriculture and agro-business?’ with the biggest concern that despite being a field vibrant with innovations driven by young people, those engaged in agriculture are typically elderly, and the number of youth with jobs in agriculture continues to drop.

The contestants will have a chance to win a trip to the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. in April 2017, after a panel of judges made up of World Bank staff in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will review the submissions to determine the winning entries. Also the top five blog submissions in each country will be published on the World Bank Africa’s blog Nasikiliza, and also promoted in social media channels.

The 2016 winners of #Blog4Dev Contest include the Rwandan Dominique Uwase Alonga, 23, who is the author and founder of Imagine We, an NGO that helps boost the reading culture among the youth. Her subject was ‘why I really care about our brains’ that awakens youth on goods made of reading.

According to the World Bank, agriculture is the backbone of the East African regional economy, as it accounts for about 32% of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“Growth in the agriculture sector helps raise incomes, create employment opportunities, reduces poverty, and accounts for about 70% of employment opportunities in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda” reads the World Bank’s website.

In Rwanda, agriculture is the main economic activity for the rural households. It constitutes the third of the country’s GDP.

Today, the agricultural population is estimated to be a little less than 80% of the total population according to Rwanda Development Board. The sector meets 90% of the national food needs and generates more than 50% of the country’s export revenues.

 

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