A grain of hope for the youth
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Hounkonnou, Dominique. 2006. A grain of hope for the youth. Spore 121. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Dominique Hounkonnou, who comes from Benin, is an agronomist with a doctorate in social sciences. A former head of the Operations Division at CTA, he took over from Mr. Delleré as director of Spore s editorial committee...
Dominique Hounkonnou, who comes from Benin, is an agronomist with a doctorate in social sciences. A former head of the Operations Division at CTA, he took over from Mr. Delleré as director of Spore s editorial committee. Now working as a freelance consultant in Benin, he is well placed to talk about the expectations of readers, especially the young ones. I have always taken a special interest in Spore. When I left CTA, that s what I most regretted leaving Spore because I know that it is one of the most popular technical magazines in Africa. Its great advantage is that it contains practical information and it arrives every 2 months right into the villages where people live. Now that I am often out in the field, I have a good idea of what attracts the average reader. First, they rush straight to the In Brief items, which they devour before looking at the rest of the magazine. These briefs, as well as the technical articles, when they have a practical slant, offer information which readers can use on their own. That is especially important for the young, who are often tempted to try a new life in the city. Reading about other people s experiences gives them hope. They draw on them to improve their own lives. Anything which helps limit the rural exodus is important. That emerged clearly from the Observatory on ICTs and youth at CTA last year. Above all else, young people are interested in anything that can liven up village life, and make it more attractive than it was in their parents day. They need activities which offer some interesting added value. That is where Spore can play a role, by giving concrete examples which can open up new horizons. Examples related to agricultural production and to small processing units, service enterprises, small-scale irrigation, solar energy, small plantations, market gardening, etc. And let s not forget the role of ICTs. Farmers groups which open up multimedia centres to have access to information on the market price of products all these initiatives help ferment ideas for other projects. Spore has a role to play for these farmers of tomorrow, hungry for ideas that are original, and profitable. That is why I believe it is crucial that more and more people receive this magazine and that CTA continues to widen its readership. These days, I spend more time in the villages, and I can see even better than before Spore is extremely useful to our rural populations, and it is also unique. It is up to CTA to make sure that it listens closely to its readers, so that it can serve them even better in the future! Photo © L. Devlin