In 2013 Uganda began sending Agriculture students to Israel for the 11 month Agrostudies internship program.
The Ugandan students have shown great enthusiasm for learning and growing as agriculturalists here in Israel and are already finding ways to leverage their experiences and knowledge for the benefit of their country and with the purpose and goal of perpetrating change in Agriculture in Uganda and giving the youth of Uganda a future in agriculture, where they can help ensure food security for all.
Several students from Uganda have decided to create a society that will unite all of the Ugandan Agrostudies students into small investment clubs, or cooperatives, that will allow the members to pool their resources and knowledge, create agricultural projects spread information and encourage change in the agriculture sector.
The cooperative will be called “UNAS – Uganda National Agri-Youth Society” and has a declared mission statement to: “provide specialized services in the agricultural industry as well as to create awareness that youth involvement in agriculture is vital for food and nutrition security”.
They intend to change the way the youth of Uganda perceive the role of agriculture and advance agricultural techniques and opportunities in many ways, amongst which is the creation of a mentorship program, disseminating vital information so it reaches all agriculturalists equally, formulating and suggesting policies for the sector and conducting debates and open dialogues.
Mwondha Faluku, who is currently studying in Israel and residing in Mesuot Yitshak, wrote the Agrostudies team about this initiative and explained:
“We strongly believe that we are going to prove how important Agrostudies is to the world, though sometimes we are stubborn but at heart we appreciate the program because it gives hope to us who were hopeless.”
Hopeless or not, it is certain that where an entrepreneur spirit resides, new opportunities arise, and this small group of students that also include Kulya Cosimasi, Iganachiomia Razaki, Owino Daniel, Ssenkeera Ben, Ssekiranda Ivan, Mugera Isaac and Nagadya Neema have already formulated their intentions and created a brief plan of action, with clear mission statements and goals, a framework and a structure.
With their intentions clearly stated and their energy and focus directed on creating change and working collaboratively it is certain that great things are to come from this wonderful group of young agriculturalists.
For the complete UNAS brief, click here.