YALTA (Youth in Agroecology & Business Learning Track Africa) is an initiative aimed to support 6000 young agriprenuers to apply agroecological principles and to co-create networks around them, in view of contributing to the increased sustainability of food systems and youth employment. This initiative targets youth in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda while following a market based approach.
YALTA initiative hosted and implemented by PELUM (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management) in collaboration with ACSA (Advocacy Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture), KCOA (Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Eastern Africa), CAPCA (Central Archdiocesan Province Caritas Association), CIDI (Community Integrated Development Initiative) and UNYFA (Uganda National Young Farmers Association) organized a 5-day National Youth in Agroecology Caravan 2021 from 21st to 25th March with the theme “Unlocking Agroecology Business Potential for Youth Livelihood Improvement”. The caravan took on 40 participants with an overall objective of quipping young people with practical knowledge, skills and approaches through peer-to-peer exchanges and learning from youth-led agribusiness enterprises. These 40 participants were selected from the different regions of Uganda and comprised of young innovators, marketers and youth leaders among others.
The 5-day learning journey primarily involved strategic field exposure visits to agroecological centres in Kampala, Masaka and Mbarara. It was then concluded with a ‘Youth in Agroecology symposium’ in Kampala which provided a platform for interactive dialogue on issues affecting youth in agroecology in order to achieve an improved policy environment. It should be noted that the presented issues were identified by the participating youth during the field exposure visits.
Watch the highlights from the recently concluded 5-day National Youth in Agroecology Caravan 2021.