The Rockefeller Foundation partnered with the University of Nairobi to celebrate the Youth Day on August, 11, 2016 at the Main Campus in an event moderated by Comedian Eric Omondi.
Speaking during the celebrations, Mr. Mamadou Biteye, the Managing Director, Rockefeller –Africa, said that agricultural produce within the African continent have significantly reduced over the last 30 years and hence innovations in agriculture and youth engagement is a necessary to help Africa be food sufficient.
On his part, the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, who was represented by Prof. Isaac Mbeche, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs, noted that in order to reduce the high levels of unemployment in the country, the youth must embrace agribusiness. “Africa is home to over 600 million young people under the age of 24 years. If the young people are engaged in agriculture it could promise social and economic growth,” he said.
To be successful in agriculture, the young people were urged to seek successful mentors, have a business plan, network with likeminded individuals in the agriculture and develop a habit of record keeping.
Ms. Angel Mbuthia, Deputy Chairperson, Students Organization of Nairobi University, SONU, urged students to have an open mind towards agriculture and agribusiness as it has the potential to generate wealth.
There was a panel discussion where mentors in technology and agribusiness engaged University of Nairobi staff and students in a lively discussion.
Also present during the event were: Prof. Stephen Kiama, Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Prof. John Kimenju, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture among other guests.