It is time to decide for youth with youth instead of deciding for youth without youth. I believe they know their problems better than anyone else. To gain government and partners’ respect and attention, young people need to be structured in order to be able to hold government and development partners accountable for their promises. Please, rural youth, let’s be supportive among ourselves in order to invest the political life of the country, for we represent a great share of the population.

Are there positive examples from other countries to set out from?
Recently, the Green innovation centre of Mali, funded by Germany’s Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation through GIZ, initiated a partnership with Live Your Dream and another company in order to elaborate a concept note about opportunities for rural youth in agriculture. To set out from other examples, we travelled to Côte d’Ivoire, where GIZ is implementing a project on the cocoa value chain. There, we learnt about their strategy to create opportunities for rural youth. This project has established business centres where they receive trainings on cocoa production best practices, from production to harvest. After the trainings, the participants then sell their services such as cleaning, spraying cocoa farms, etc. to other farmers in need of services. Also, during the G20 conference in Berlin, I met Biswick Luwayo, a young leader from Malawi who is doing permaculture, which has had many positive impacts in his community. I also spoke to Abdoul Razak from Togo, who is conducting an entrepreneurship project on city gardening. These examples have inspired me a lot. I believe there are many other initiatives that can help to transform Africa’s future.

Which skills do young people need to better perform their role?
I believe that everything rises and falls with leadership.