Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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Youth Participation in Agriculture: Solution to Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria
Oyelayo Ajamu Oyedele, Aderoju Funmilayo Ogunaike

Last modified: 2015-11-17

Abstract


Farming as a profession is nearing extinction. That is, unless farmers can reinstate a sustainable agricultural food system. Since the early 20th century, industrialization and urbanization have caused families and individuals alike to shift from farming as a mainstream profession to manufacturing and service oriented jobs. Such rural to urban migration has reduced both the population in rural regions and the quantity of farms producing agricultural goods. As a result, people from around the globe – both in developed and third world nations – have diverged from locally based, diversified agricultural food systems and embraced large-scale corporate food production. This paper examines the role of youth participation in agriculture in Nigeria. It was observed that the youth participation in agriculture is not encouraging. It was then suggested that youth should be encouraged to take active part in sustaining agriculture in Nigeria.

Key Words: Youth, Sustainable, Agriculture, Participation,