African Business Centre for Developing Education (ABCDE) has organised a conference in commemoration of International Youth Day 2021.
The theme for this year’s conference is; Transforming Food Systems, youth innovation in Chocolate Making. It is the believe of ABCDE that the conference would go a long way to better the lives of students in various schools.
The event was marked with a stakeholder conference with Government Institutions Private Companies, Youth groups, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Representatives of the above groups were given the platform to discuss the investments they wish to undertake to transform the food systems, using innovative ways for human and planetary health in Ghana as well as the challenges they facing especially during the era of the deadly Coronavirus.
According to the UN, there are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world.
This is the largest youth population ever. However, youth between the ages of 15-24, nearly are in ” developing” countries; but the challenge of the youth bulge is largely concentrated in countries of sub-Saharan Africa, which have experienced the lowest levels of rural transformation of National Economies.
This is according to a research by International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD,2019). Moreover, most of these youth do not know how they can use innovative ways to transform the agricultural sector for improvement in human and planetary health.
This global food system crisis threatens to severely hamper towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
12 August is International Youth Day, the UN General Assembly first designated in 1999 and it serves as an annual celebration of the role young women and men as essential partners of change.
In a welcome address, the Chairman of ABCDE, Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, expressed his delight in seeing representatives of various family owned type of chocolate manufacturing companies who have begun the journey in turning Ghana into a chocolate making country.
According to him this initiative has a tendency towards earning some foreign exchange funds for the country which will help boost the economy’s Balance of Trade.
He charged the guests especially the youth to get involved in the manufacturing processes of chocolate production.
This the Chairman said will not only equip them with skills but also lead to the creation of jobs for the teeming youths across the country.
He also implored the citizenry to change our perception of being consumers only but also endeavour to add value to our raw materials.
“If countries like Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and host of others within the European continent as well as Japan and China of the Asian continent are able to manufacture finished products the likes of chocolate and others without having a single cocoa tree in their respective countries or continents, then we need to make amends as a nation who prides itself as the world’s second producer of Cocoa,” Mr. Spio-Garbrah observed.
Delivery a speech as the special Guest of honour, the Minister responsible for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum praised Mr. Spio Garbrah and his team for organising the conference.
He further urged the youth to inculcate the habit of being remembered for something they have done for their dear country.
“Is about time to as a country produced young people who can think critically and look at our environment to see opportunities in order to help bridge the gap between us and the developed countries,” Mr. Adutwum advised.
By: Kingsley Asiedu