Advocating for the active Engagement of the Youth in the Agricultural Value Chain

19 - 23 September 2011
Ezulwini, Swaziland

From Gogos to I Pads

23 September 2011
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The youth at the FANRPAN Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue were afforded some valuable lessons from stalwarts in the agricultural sector. Two gogos (elderly women) who are still active as farmers expressed their hardships, their progress and, above all, a passion for the land and good traditional agricultural practices. It was valuable lessons for the youth - lessons that could never be gleaned from text books - or I pads, for that matter!

Gogo is a Zulu word for "grandmother" representing the ageing generation of farmers. Gogo Cecilia Makota-Mahlangeni and Gogo Mahe Thwala inspired all delegates, especially the youth, as to life's valuable lessons, a conglomeration if at least 150 years of cumulative experience of life, a major part of which was gleaned from the field was presented.

Delegates responded to this session with great enthusiasm.

Gogos Cecilia Makota-Mahlangeni and Gogo Mahe Thwala gave valuable advice whilst FANRPAN CEO, Dr Sibanda facilitated the session

The youth listen attentively to the wise gogos