#Youth4Agri: Encouraging Youth Involvement in Agriculture and Agribusiness

Senior High School participants from Naga City Science High School and Universidad de Sta. Isabel present their outputs

The University through the CHED-IDIG hosted a Youth for Agriculture Forum attended by over 150 students and faculty from public and private high schools and Universities, local government officials, and other agriculture stakeholders. It was held on September 26, 2018 at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City with the theme, “Encouraging Youth Involvement in Agriculture and Agribusiness”. The forum aimed to tackle issues and actions on youth involvement in agriculture.

The forum featured well-known agriculture advocates and practitioners in the country. Ramon D. Peñalosa, Jr., farmer-scientist and Negros Occidental organic farming pioneer shared his experiences doing integrated farming and imparted that, “…the easiest way to be a billionaire is going to agriculture.” On the other hand, Jaime A. Manalo IV, PhilRice Senior Research Specialist, delivered a talk about the Infomediary Campaign, a youth engagement initiative with over 200 sites across the Philippines. His research proved that young people “want to do farming differently.” While, Joanne Valdez, Candon City Councilor and Candon Youth Movement Founder, enlightened the participants on the value of youth involvement in community development. She left a challenge saying, “It is not easy to do things if we don’t have an inspiration but if intelligent or educated people will not do something for a person who needs most our help, I think there is a problem with that.” 

Meanwhile, Louise Mabulo, an award-winning chef, entrepreneur, and agriculture advocate who inspired the youth participants by sharing how she ventured into livestock eventually to cacao farming at a young age. Finally, Jim Cano, the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) Country Representative, spoke about Career Paths and opportunities in agriculture that the youth should the advantage of. He also encouraged the youth to help solve the challenge of aging Filipino farmers.

The forum is a social marketing activity of the CHED-Institutional Development and Innovations Grant Project of CBSUA on Shaping New Directions in Agriculture: Curricular Reform and Development for the Agricultural Sciences and Enterprise Management Towards a Landscape Science Approach. -FPBeraña