Youth in agriculture is a campaign that is gaining momentum at an extremely fast rate. And as we encourage more youth to engage in farming – especially the actual tiling of land and cultivating crops, there is one problem being overlooked. The most vital resource for agriculture – land is in the hands of the older generation who are not willing to relinquish their rights over land to the youths. Access to land is the main drive for agriculture and lack of it is one of the major constraints – limiting the youths’ participation in Agriculture.

Land is an emotive subject not only in Kenya but also in many countries of the world. Most land is owned by the elderly and the youth can only access one through inheriting from their parents or buying. The former case takes place mostly when the old man passes on and for the latter; it is hard since land is very costly.  The situation is even worse for the women as in some communities; it is a taboo for a girl child to inherit a piece of land. So ladies cannot benefit from the only option available for accessing land without buying – disadvantaging them against their male counterparts.

As we advocate for youth in agriculture, it is imperative that we address the basic; the gender inequalities disadvantaging the girls over the boys and access to main resources for agriculture for the youth.

 

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