In implementing the Agricultural Infrastructure and Youth in Agribusiness Project (AIYAP II) in Malawi, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is collaborating with the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and ENABLE TAAT. The AIYAP project is on the mission to fight food insecurity and youth unemployment by improving irrigation.
Recently, a team from the AfDB, TAAT, and ENABLE TAAT visited Malawi to meet with the Malawian government and other stakeholders to discuss activities for the second phase of AIYAP. During the visit, the team discussed the implementation of innovative irrigation technologies and techniques that can enhance agricultural productivity and create employment opportunities for the youth. Additionally, they explored potential partnerships with local organizations to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth in the agricultural sector.
Part of the actionable plans for AIYAP II, which will be implemented in 2024, include training young people in the value chains of fish production, beekeeping, and business development and partnering with the International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD). When young people are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge in these value chains, they can actively contribute to the growth of these industries and improve their livelihoods. Additionally, partnering with IFAD allows for a wider reach and greater impact in empowering youth, as their expertise and resources can be utilized to enhance the effectiveness of AIYAP II and create long-term sustainable solutions.
Ultimately, these collaborative efforts are geared towards creating sustainable initiatives, providing technical and soft skills, entrepreneurship education, and employment opportunities for Malawi’s youth.