Oh, very young
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CTA. 2003. Oh, very young. Spore 104. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/47937
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I have Spore 100 in front of me and I would like to convey my personal thanks to the entire editorial team of Spore, writes Gaffoh Kpekpassi, an agricultural engineer from Togo, a self-professed keen reader of Spore.
I have Spore 100 in front of me and I would like to convey my personal thanks to the entire editorial team of Spore, writes Gaffoh Kpekpassi, an agricultural engineer from Togo, a self-professed keen reader of Spore. The Viewpoint on youth in Spore 100 by Cyprien Essong Zé recalled the article 'Should I go or should I stay?' in Spore 90. The exodus of rural youth to towns to find work is as old as the hills but where is the solution? Politicians only care about what is going on in the cities. They are even ashamed to visit the rural areas and stay instead in town and their meetings in luxury hotels, telling rural youth to stay in the villages. Some even come from rural areas themselves, but as soon as they have acquired such a position, they're lost. African agriculture still really needs a technical transformation. I think that the opinion of Cyprien from Cameroon raises serious questions for an agricultural technician. Here we have a brother who is cultivating 5 hectares with modest means and instruments (hoe, axe, pickaxe, baskets, perhaps a couple of oxen and a straw hut). Looking at those rudimentary tools, 5 hectares is too much for a family if you take into account all the different operations involved. To me, the reasons are clear for the exodus of kids to the cities. Unless we put all the evils from which Africa suffers high on the agenda and take courageous civil and political measures - for agriculture is the foundation of any country's development - the failure of agriculture will provoke a total collapse of society for generations.