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YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT-YAED BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Youth in Agriculture for Economic Development-YAED is a nonprofit making organization that seeks to promote and advocate participation of youth in agriculture. The organization was formed in January 2015 and is duly registered with the Registrar General’s DepartmentYEAD is also affiliated with the NGO Board and Blantyre District Youth Office.

YAED understands that youth in the country take dim view of agriculture as a career; Yet Africa’s agriculture is predominantly done by the old and infirm – those left behind or retired into rural areas as young people seek opportunities in the growing urban setting.

The organization acknowledges that the youth exodus out of rural areas also means exit from agriculture. The trend condemns Africa’s future without successors to the agricultural producers of food fiber and fuel. YAED realizes that youth are energetic than the elders left on the land: if they were engaged, they would have greater capacity to learn and apply modern yield-enhancing technologies, technologies for processing, and modern management methods to apply to the entire value chain from farm to market.

Through YAED projects, youth are empowered and informed on modern farming technologies, included in decision making towards agriculture economy, acquire credit facilities for farming and advised on processes of marketing their products. It is at the heart of YAED that youth in Malawi stop perceiving farmers as vulnerable and impoverished group, uneducated, unskilled, physical laborers with extremely low economic return and seeing the sector as for the elderly. The organization is operating in the districts of Zomba and Chiradzulu.

 

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Young women being trained to make nutritious food from orange fleshed sweet potato

 

YAED is a youth led and youth focused non-partisan, non-governmental organization whose mission is to harness the potential to create wealth through agriculture. The organization was born out of a working group of youth engaged in agriculture who sought to find ground breaking solutions to combat unemployment through agro based enterprises and address the problems arising from climate change by diversifying production. YAED is implementing agricultural projects in growing legumes (beans, groundnuts, soy bean) maize and pig production. The operations have kept building momentum and a number of youth groups in Malawi have expressed interest in benefitting from this initiative. The organization has registered progress in its operations and shall continue to engage more partners and other organizations to better its service delivery to the youth.

 

YAED PROJECTS

 

  1. Youth Capacity Building on HIV/AIDS, SRH, GBV and School Dropout

     

    With funding from SRHR AFRICA TRUST, YAED implemented a capacity building project between 2018 and 2019. The capacity building project aimed at supporting the development of interventions to build individual and community self-esteem, improve public awareness and understanding, and develop targeted interventions on HIV and AIDS tailored specifically to the needs of young people. The project focused on health related issues such mapping of services, access to sexual and reproductive health commodities and access to HIV prevention, care and support. It also also explored the social context as a way “of understanding broader attitudes affecting the targeted groups.

     

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    HIV/AIDS, GBV, SRH capacity building for young people

     

  2. Building a Sustainable Environment

     

    Through the project “Building a Sustainable Environment” YAED works to address and eradicate environmental vices that endanger the national ecosystem. The organisation works with the youth by producing environmental friendly clay cooking stoves. The project mission is to give communities the opportunity to take the necessary measures to retain and protect the environment.

     

    The project which is being run with funding from SUN24 from United States of America provides improved cook stoves within Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world where 98% of families cook using firewood and charcoal.

     

    The Chitetezo Mbaula clay stove uses much less firewood that traditional stoves and is easy and convenient to use, helping households to take that first step away from open fires, which pollute the air both in and outside of the home. The stoves are affordable (USD1-2), made entirely in Malawi, and accessible to those who need it most, mainly women cooking with wood on open fires

     

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  3. Rooting out infant malnutrition of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato

 

Rooting out infant Malnutrition is a project that is run in Malawi Chiradzulu district with the funding from United States of America organisation called The Pollination project (TTP) and receives the technical support from International Potato Center (CIP).

 

The project builds the capacity of local community youth and young women through transferring skills rather than simply money, equipment or materials. The project further better nutrition resulting from improved dietary diversity and Improved health for both adults and children. The beneficiaries are trained in Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato Production, food products production and facilitate the marketing of surplus produce.

 

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VISION

 

Malawi with proactive youth who embraces agriculture as an instrument for agricultural development

MISSION STATEMENT

 

YAED seeks to create an empowered and informed youth to meaningfully contribute to economic development and food security.

OBJECTIVE

To create an enabling environment that builds the capacity of youth in agriculture and provides new innovations for sustainable production.

 

Specific objectives

 

  1. To trigger interest of youth into farming activities.

  2. To Source credit facilities for farming towards the youth.

  3. To change the negative attitude of the youth towards agriculture through awareness campaigns.

  4. To provide technical assistance to the youth in agriculture.

  5. To lobby with policy makers in formulating youth inclusive policies.

  6. To facilitate increased agricultural production which contributes to food self sufficiency.

  7. Provide productive alternatives for the engagement of youths to reduce crime and other social problems.

     

    CORE VALUES

     

    1. Sustainability

    2. Accountability

    3. Transparency

    4. Integrity

    5. Professionalism

    6. Competence

    7. Financial and physical development

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

  1. Mr. Tamani Nkhono Mvula- Chair person

    National Director: Civil Society Agriculture Network (Cisanet) TEL: +265 995 204 356

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  2. Mr. Chipaso Nkhonjera-Vice Chairperson Gender Coordinator: Save the Children TEL: +265 884 364 222

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  3. Dr. Bernard A.R Chimera- Board Member

     

    Director of Animal Health and Livestock Development: Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development

     

    TEL: +265 999 315 766

     

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  4. Felix Jumbe-Board Member

    Commercial Farmer: Peacock Seeds Company Tel: +265 999 911 556

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  5. Mchalo Nguluwe-Board Member Information Administrator: NBS Bank Tel: +265 888 603 448

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