WHO WE ARE
Agro Tech Liberia is a youth based and focus nongovernmental organization that work with youth on climate change issues and food security promotion activities in Liberia. Founded on June 2, 2017, Agro Tech Liberia has been a leading voice for youth in agriculture, advocating for support to young famers as well as attracting youth to agriculture and agribusiness as a way to reduce youth unemployment and poverty.
Agro Tech serves also as a public campaign based team of young agriculture professional that seek to engage stakeholders( government, Farmers, consumers, students, NGO and others) to achieve the zero hunger and to protect the environment.
Agro Tech strongly holds the view that information communication technology can drive agriculture and agribusiness into attractive economic sphere where youth can find as economic comfort zones.
The world is currently occupied by over seven billions people. It is projected that by 2050, the population of the world will be 9.8 billion. In the wake of the growing population, the biggest challenge remains food security, follows by employment opportunity, a gap being created by the world growing population. Youth in Africa constitute 19% of the global youth population in 2015, numbering 226 million. Africa has the fastest-growing and most youthful population in the world.
Over 40% are under the age of 15 and 20% are between the ages of 15 and 24. Looking at these statistics and projections, there should be an obvious reason why young people of Africa need to be attracted to agriscience and agribusiness in order to save the continent from food shortage and huge unemployment deficit. Agro Tech Liberia sees the zero hunger goal of the United Nations SDGs as a tangible road map to bridge the food security gap considering the targets identified in the goal. Protecting and promoting this goal, one must look at other related issue including climate change. Agro Tech stands as a campaign platform for zero hunger and climate actions.
In 2018, Agro Tech hosted the youth in Agriculture summit that brought together 100 young farmers, students, ICT innovators and Agriculture professionals to share experience and knowledge on climate smart agriculture practice and ICT Impact on the agriculture advancement in Africa.
Additionally in 2018, Agro Tech Liberia piloted the Lifting Young farmer’s intervention where youth in agriculture are mentored, trained and supported with extension services in Bong Mine, Todee and Waka town, Grand Bassa County impacting over 50 youth and in agriculture.
The message of food security and climate change is a considering factor to the survivability of the world; Agro Tech held two students engagements in Montserrado at the Fountain of Liberia Junior High School and the Ark of Grace Academy. Our Taking Agriculture to Schools project was piloted and is currently expanded to additional eight(8) schools. Currently new schools have been reached with the project where students are being mentored in crop production.
In an effort to attract investment in the agriculture sector, Agro Tech Liberia launched the “Let Feed Us Campaign” in January 2019 intended to call on the national government and the general citizenry to increase investment in the agriculture sector looking at the food insecurity status of Liberia based on the statistics released by LISGIS in 2018.
One of the ways to rebrand agriculture to the fashion of the 21st century youth is the use of information communication technology- platforms and programs that promote efficiency and economic growth. In respect to this, Agro Tech Liberia
conducted a learning and experience sharing seminar, named Agri Tech Talks, intended to expose young farmers, students, agriculture professionals and Information Technology Students to ICT innovations and platforms for agriculture on March 9, 2019.
Currently the Organization runs a radio program called Agribusiness Talks on Voice of Hope 100.7FM, a platform to educate, inform and highlight the successes, challenges and potential of youth in agriculture in Liberia.
Holding to the fact that agriculture is a source of livelihood for many youth in the rural communities, Agro held an ICT Innovations In Agriculture Forum in Gompa City, Nimba County that brought together 100 farmers, youth, students and agriculture professionals for a two day training in ICT tools and platforms for agriculture, farming as a business concept as well as climate smart agriculture.
At Agro Tech, it’s about rebranding agriculture to the taste of youth.