Engaging young people in agriculture is a crucial priority to maintain the food supply and economy.
We’ve seen the seemingly trend-line here in the United States for the last century: it’s difficult to engage youth on the farm.
Similar challenges also exist in Cambodia. Not only do the young people not want to stay in the countryside on the farm, they often want to move to the larger urban areas. This migration of youth could have dire consequences for the future of agriculture in a country where most of the population is dependent on farming.
The government is addressing the problem by exposing young people to the opportunities in agriculture and making an agriculture education more attractive and affordable.
And a group of USAID-affiliated researchers is doing their part to help.
Registration is now open for the First International SAIN Conference! Join researchers, students, and professionals as they engage in interactive discussions, presentation, and field trips learning about sustainable agricultural intensification and nutrition and why it is essential to food security.
The conference will be held at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh on January 10 and 11, and corresponding field trips will take place in Kampong Charm, Kampong Thom and Siem Reap on January 12 and 13, 2018.
TheFeed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL) will host Dr. Kathleen Colverson, Associate Director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS Global), at Kansas State University on September 28-29th, 2017. During her visit, Dr. Colverson will present a seminar entitled “Why Integrate Gender into Research Projects? The Importance of Systems Thinking” on September 28th at 10:00am in 137 Waters Hall. This seminar will share the importance of exploring how gender impacts your research, and the difference it will make to add a few tools in your research toolkit that increase long term project impact. The event will also be streamed live for those that cannot attend in person.
There will be a follow-up workshop to explore these concepts and tools in greater depth for those who want to expand their impact in biophysical and technical agricultural research. This workshop will take place September 29th at 9:00am – 4:30pm in the K-State Union. If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Jessie Vipham or Jan Middendorf for more information.
Dr. Colverson received her PhD from Cornell University in Adult/Agriculture Education and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Animal Nutrition and Zoology, respectively. She has been engaged in gender related research in international contexts for many years and has held positions with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Heifer International. In addition to her role as the Associate Director of UF/IFAS Global, Dr. Colverson serves as the gender theme leader for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.