Ensuring the future of our food depends in large part on making agriculture profitable. In Peru, the key lies in the hands of rural young people active in the agri-food chains. That´s why, in Rikolto over the last three years (from 2018 to 2020), we have invited 182 young entrepreneurs to participate in a cycle of annual forums under one slogan: be part of the solution.
For the professionals who accompany the process, we found in the forum much more than a series of workshops: we found a laboratory of ideas that could be used by the new generations and that, in a way, added Rikolto's years of work with farmer organisations and agribusiness, now open to working with young people.
The forum was born as an initiative of Rikolto, NCBA Clusa, Trias, Producers Direct and Progreso; but came to involve more than 30 leaders of the agricultural sector and 23 coffee and cocoa organisations.
Several of these organisations, leaders in their territories and in the agri-food industry, today employ or collaborate with the young participants of the forum in the development of entrepreneurship, support the inclusion of young people in the chain, and ensure new sources of income through innovative lines of agricultural business.
This year, scheduled for 4-6 November, the Youth Forum will hold its 4th conference (2nd virtual) and will address topics such as business plans and sources of financing, productive diversification models and digital marketing. What have been the keys to the success of the experience?