On 8-10 February, young people from around the world took part in a conference in London to discuss the biggest challenges facing the planet. One of the delegates was 24-year-old Sithembile Ndema, a programme manager at FANRPAN in South Africa, who went to share her thoughts on global food security.
BBC World Service’s Network Africa news programme interviewed Sithembile to hear her thoughts on agriculture in Africa and her hopes for the One Young World conference.
Prioritising farmer-led research in Africa, Sithembile spoke of the need to empower smallholder farmers by giving them the resources to produce more food and to enter new markets.
At the One Young World conference, Sithembile stated her aim of promoting the importance of agriculture amongst her peers to help build a food-secure Africa in the future.
I’m hoping that from this conference, the youth will start to realise that they too need to take part in agriculture.
Listen to an mp3 audio file of this BBC interview here[audio: https://farmingfirst.org/audio/youngworld.mp3]