African Youth Employment Initiatives-AYEI was founded out of this need to bring together these differently skilled and talented young people, not to offer employment but to prepare them to create employment and jobs for themselves and others and initiate ventures that could contribute to crafting sustainable solutions. For AYEI, Agriculture was seen to be the way. A kind of farming that is different from their fourth fathers’ but, innovative, more productive, and highly rewarding with a high-value addition due to its technological application. AYEI took it upon itself to install demonstration farms in rural areas where young people are introduced to best farming practices, best farming technologies, to improved ways of making food available and accessible …easier yet lucrative.
In its different interventions in many countries, AYEI has successfully implemented projects that knew standing ovations from both the government and international organizations due to its practical approaches that proved working and impactful, models that can be replicated and sustained over years, procuring jobs, employment, and income for the youth and revenue for the state. These mind-set-changing agricultural initiatives are geared towards raising a generation of agri-entrepreneurs, which subsequently will result in the abundant quality food products we all need. These are technology-backed-up integrated farming activities, whose impact on the environment has been commendable. Selected trainees mostly young women, have been receiving adequate skills, and their capacities enhanced to replicate these initiatives on their own
This greatly impacted their livelihoods. One of these was an aquaculture-based food system that combined fish and vegetable production, a new innovation we introduced to raise fish and harvest organic vegetables at the same time, at the same place: This is an inclusive farming activity meant for everyone regardless the age, gender, state of mobility, etc. The project is being scaled to reach out to as many youths as possible. AYEI thrives on utilizing innovative ways agriculture can be really smart enough to employ and feed us all and empower the youth, especially during this of Covid 19 pandemic era where movements of people are to be minimized, where healthy and affordable foodstuff is to be produced, where the environment will continuously be protected (beekeeping initiatives to save forest), etc. All year round, we are able to harvest a variety of organic vegetables, and healthy fish products.
Establishment of a pineapple demo farm
AYEI has always strived to make farming easy and more lucrative for its trainees. Together with its partners, the National Youth Authority, under the supervision of the Regional Agriculture extension officer, a 2 Acre of land has been dedicated to a demo farm for pineapple farming, to train the youth who would like to go into this money-making venture. With the government’s call to install in each district, at least one factory, the newly established Pineapple factory in Kumasi saw a need of boosting pineapple production to get enough materials. It was in line with this that AYEI established this demo farm where its trainees can be resourced in terms of good practices and techniques of making it with pineapple farming.