Safe Spaces for Youth
The world has never been this young and even getting younger each and every day. Therefore, for us to have a sustained and developed tomorrow, it will depend on how well we nature and support our young women and men hence the saying ‘the youth can walk fast but the old knows the way’. Economic empowerment of youth remains to be a priority in our Africa continent since the growing economy needs the productive capacity of their labour force. Despite the efforts made by some of the African countries, it has not contributed much to the realization of Agenda 2063 ‘The Africa We Want’.
As we celebrate this year’s Youth Day 2018 themed “Safe Space for Youth”, calling for safe spaces for the youth to collaborate and engage in activities that relates to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freedom of expression without feeling uncomfortable or unwelcome. Co-operatives being key actors that support the achievement and implementations for the Sustainable Development Goals, the youth day theme specifically targets Goal 11- Sustainable cities and communities that emphasizes on the need for the provision of space towards inclusive and sustainable urbanization.
This Youth Day, we present to you some of the youth co-operative initiatives in the region of Africa.
Master-Minds Cooperative – Botswana
Youth co-operative that empowers young men and women in agribusiness drive with different economic diversification and Food Security. It helps in building long term relationships with customers and clients and provides exceptional customer services by pursuing business through innovation and advanced technology. They also work also work towards building the confidence of women and empowering them, to fight the youth unemployment rate and help in the economic diversification drive through co-operatives.
Young Farmers League Co-operative Society - Ghana
Is an agro-based Co-operative Association registered under the laws of Ghana. It helps smallholder farmers in Ghana to minimizing the activities of middlemen along the distribution channel by linking them to shoppers through the first ever farmers online market established in Ghana called Akuafo Market.
E-farm Co-operative Society ltd – Kenya
E-Farm is an Agribusiness Co-operative Society, owned by members from all walks of life, the aim is to Agribusiness with an intention to add value to members Land, supplement members income, create employment and enhance food security. E-farm co-operative conducts Site visits every Saturday, and gives its members an opportunity to own a part of our current project at an affordable price.