Component Objective: To strengthen the capacity of youth to improve family livelihoods.
Young girl raising chickens in Sasamuqa. The Youth Component supports all areas of KGA farmer services to have a youth and young farmer focus
The fact that more than 55 percent of the population is under 29 years of age is justification enough to make youth a focus for KGA programs. KGA has been working for a number of years to encourage youth to take up careers in agriculture – pigs, poultry and vegetable farming – under its Young Farmers Program in Kolombangara, Malaita and south Choiseul. KGA continues this work, building on the successes achieved so far.
To complement that work, the Burns Creek and farmer school (partly EUYFA funded) attachment program will be continued.
Young people are a great resource for the future of agriculture in Solomon Islands
- Youth targeted across the KGA Program, with adjustment of all KGA components to ensure that they have appropriate gender balance.
- A number of M&E indicators developed ensuring that youth are targeted in the Program.
- A network of youth trainers providing instruction specifically for groups of young men and women at farmer schools and other CBOs.
Mary Esekana is the manager of the Youth services of KGA for partners and farmers