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They are gradually becoming the role models and mentors they never had. I encourage other young people to use their knowledge and education to take action in this sector. When they do, they are likely to benefit. Even when they don’t achieve immediate benefits, they will learn lessons from their actions and other young people will benefit, too.

Our next print edition, scheduled to appear mid-September 2017, is dedicated to rural youth issues – so stay tuned!

About the author:

Patrick Sakyi grew up in Ghana. Coming from a farming family, he chose to study agriculture. He took the opportunity to study Rural Economics and Management at the University of Ghent in Belgium. Passionate about agriculture and rural development, he moved back to Ghana right after his studies and proceeded to work there as a research assistant on several agricultural projects. Patrick now leads Farmerline’s mobile commerce business.

Contact: Patrick Sakyi 

Links and further reading

Brussels Rural Development Briefings (Briefing number 49)


FAO publication: Youth and agriculture – Key challenges and concrete solutions

Lakeshore Agro-Processing Enterprise



The Rural Youth Award

Global Youth Innovation Network

ICT Agripreneurship Guide

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