AYFST Plan of Action (2007 – 2010)
This Plan of Action informed the discussions and design of the youth and gender capacity building programme of the ATPS phase VI strategic plan 2008 - 2012.
Objectives of the AYFST Strategic plan and Plan of Action
- Spell out strategies of implementation that will enhance the achievement of the goal and objectives of the AYFST
- To identify priority activities and responsible persons/action partners
- To provide an avenue and basis for resource mobilization and management of AYFST
- To outline the logical framework for implementing the AYFST proposed activities
2.2 Overview of Progress towards the Implementation of Plan of Action 2007 – 2010
The second youth congress was held in June 2006 in Accra, Ghana under the theme of “Food security and health for sustainable development in Africa: Perspectives from the youth.” The key outcomes included the launch of AYFST and its website http://www.ayfst.org. National level youth workshops were held after the congress in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Malawi and Lesotho. A radio talk show was conducted over the Ghana national radio station on the theme of the congress.
The third youth congress was held in Kampala - Uganda in June 2007 under the theme of “Role of the youth in achieving the MDGs: Implications for ST&I.” Some of the key outcomes include a national radio talk show that focused on the theme. The draft AYFST strategic plan (2007 – 2010) and organizational/governance structure was discussed and approved. The ATPS/CTA/AGRA/FARA/RUFORUM/NEPADyouth competition was announced.
Achievements of AYFST Programme
Over 230 African youths from 21 African countries have benefited from three regional youth congresses held in Kenya, Ghana and Uganda in 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively. The congresses focused on youth employment and youth leadership in HIV/AIDS prevention; addressing food insecurity and health for sustainable development in Africa, and more recently, the role of youths in achieving the MDGs in Africa. These programmes have been very successful in creating awareness and sustaining interest amongst African youths in ST&I research and policy related issues in Africa, empowering the youth to participate actively in ST&I research, local interventions and social entrepreneurship programmes. The continued engagement and dialogue among the youths is enhanced through the AYFST Website http://www.ayfst.org.
AYFST has been able to build the capacity of African youth through training, information sharing, networking and dialogue in relevant topical and developmental issues. The website offers information on training opportunities for instance E-forum discussions on topical issues. AYFST has been represented in the YPARD strategic planning meeting in 2006 - Netherlands, GFAR triennial meeting 2006 New Delhi, Women scientist conference, 2006 – Uganda, ATPS 2006 Annual meeting in Maputo, and 2007 CTA sixth Advisory Committee Meeting. Young scientists have been nominated for Capacity building in scientific writing to take place this year (2009) in Ghana. Furthermore, there is promotion of knowledge development through essay/knowledge contests such as the 2005 essay competition and 2008 ATPS/CTA/AGRA/FARA/ RUFORUM/NEPAD youth in science competitions.
AYFST has increased youth participation in Policy formulation and implementation processes at all levels concerning Agriculture Science, Technology & Innovation and development. In 2006, post congress country workshops were held and they involved relevant government officials. In Kenya, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Professor Crispus Kiamba, and the commissioner for trade and industry graced the occasion. In 2006, AYFST Kenya chapter presented to the government and development agencies a paper on youth perspectives on Science, Technology & Innovation in Kenya. This paper contained key issues and action areas for the youth. In July 2007, AYFST was invited to make a presentation and a case for the youth in the ST&I 17 Policy Stakeholders workshop.AYFST has also managed to promote a culture of science technology and innovation consciousness among the African young generation. AYFST members have had several exhibitions including the national science week in Uganda in July 2007, Institute of electric and electrical engineering institute exhibition in 2007, which was held in Nairobi, and the science symposium conference in Uganda
AYFST has promoted youth-led demand driven research anddevelopment initiatives in agriculture, science, technology and innovation. AYFST Uganda chapter in collaboration with NARO BuZARDI and CIAT is working with youth groups to promote agriculture for income generation.