By E K Benja
Updated 12:43 GMT on Sunday 21st Feb 2021
On Thursday (18th February 21) UN Resident coordinator Rosa Malango alongside UNDP Resident Representative Elsie Attafuah and FAO country representative Dr Antonio Querido led members of Youth Coalition for SDGs at Kawumu State Lodge which hosts Presidential Demonstration Farm Project. Others included Mr. Deus Tirwakinda UNCDF START facility Manager (UN Capital Development Fund) , Mr. Victor Ochen, UN Global Ambassador for Peace, Executive Director AYINET (African Youth Initiative Network), Mr. Apollo Segawa, Executive Director, CURA (Consortium for Enhancing Universities Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development) Mr. Samuel Otim Rizzo, Chief of Party Avsi Mr. Martin Akampurira, Director for Youth, JB International and other members of the Youth Coalition.
This was in fulfillment of one of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s promise to the very youth he met at State House Entebbe last week for empowerment in several areas including human capital development by learning from him.
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Speaking to HICGI News Agency, the Farm Manager Mr. Gandugga M Geoffrey said it was important the youth learn from the president what it means making wealth by engaging in meaningful agriculture. He added that when the president first demonstrated irrigating with bottles, he was criticized around the world. “I will tell you, this is the plantation he watered.” showing the youth. Gandugga latter answered several questions from the youth during a discussion interval.
Sara Birungi Namuddu from Smart Transition says she is excited to learn more and called upon her peers not to look at farming as an activity of the old people rather one of the ways to create wealth.
In a news briefing by UN Bosses at the farm youth , youth were propelled to start farming. “In agriculture sector there’s money to be made provided the youth take farming as a business.” said Dr Antonio Querido
Rosama Malango disclosed that in 2018, they began dialogue with government on SDGs discussed and implemented in the country.
In an exclusive Interview with HICGI News Agency, UNDP Boss said youth should come as a group not individuals in case they want to benefit from the financial support they have.
|Youth Coalition for SDGs members at Kawumu State Lodge.|
|1||Immaculate Akello||Generation Engage Network|
|2||Edwin Muhumuza||Youth Go Green|
|3||Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin||Heal the Planet|
|6||Laban Joshua Musinguzi||Agro Fresh|
|9||Francis Maberi||African Monitor|
|10||Mavita Ali||Score Beyond|
|11||Eric Odoki||Smart Life Experience Initiative|
|12||Nurudin Busingye||Smart Youth Network Initiative|
|13||Maurine Tukahirwa||Girls Must|
|14||Marjorie Mukisa||Servir Charity|
|15||Robert Kigongo||Bukoto Central Youth Link|
|16||Specy Nakate||Creative Youth Agency|
|17||Brian Ntwatwa||Incredibile Youth International|
|18||Edson Zeboosi||Youth Achievers Forum Africa|
|20||Juliet Nabatanzi||Youth Against Violence|
|21||Mercy Melody Kayodi||Assure Uganda|
|22||Destiny Chaiga||UN Association Uganda|
|23||Ishmael Tamale||My Tree Initiative|
|24||Clinton Agaba||SDGs Fellowship|
|25||Sara Birungi Namuddu||Smart Transitions|
|United Nations Uganda|
|30||Mr. Simon Nsereko||Economist|
|31||Mr. Michael Wangusa||Communication Officer|
|32||Ms. Davinah Nabirye||Communication Officer|
|33||Ms. Agatha Ayebazibwe||Communication Officer|
|34||Ms. Sarah Namutebi||Programme Assistant|
|Youth Innovators in Agriculture|
|35||Criton Ahabwe||Makerere University student|
|36||Peace Apio||Co-founder, Afri-coffee|
|37||Nuwarimpa Nagaba||Makerere University student|
|38||Mr. Apollo Segawa||Executive Director, CURAD|
|39||Mr. Samuel Otim Rizzo||Chief of Party Avsi|
|40||Ms. Felicity Acan||Avsi|
|41||Mr. Martin Akampurira||Director for Youth, JB International|