This world food day, Phelps Stokes is proud to acknowledge the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN). GYIN was formed from a partnership between Phelps Stokes and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). GYIN is an organization dedicated to providing young entrepreneurs with connections and resources that assist them in becoming “agents of change” in the fight against poverty in their home communities. In keeping with IFAD’s focus on the first Millenium Development Goal, the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, GYIN works with young agribusiness entrepreneurs to develop new ways to reduce poverty, help people in developing countries improve their level of food security and nutrition, and help farmers increase resilience and revenue.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that, in Sub-Saharan Africa, about 60 percent of the unemployed population are young people between the ages of 15 and 24. On average, 72 percent of this juvenile population lives on less than $2 per day. The young people who are employed work mainly in agriculture, a sector where they represent 65 percent of the workforce. Knowing this, GYIN’s work with young agricultural entrepreneurs serves a dual purpose: in promoting the development of new strategies and technologies in areas such as farming, livestock, fish breeding, seed supply, machinery, and processing, GYIN is helping to provide both jobs and food to those in need.