A Mzuzu based organization, Empowerment of Youth on Economy and Development (EYED), is encouraging youth to take up farming and use modern farming methods to fight unemployment.
Executive Director of EYED Mzondi Mkandawire told Malawi24 that they have over 100 members and are aiming high to fulfil their goal.
He said they started last year through a project called Youth Investing in Modern Farming in which they teach young people about modern farming methods.
According to Mkandawire, they want youth to run farms in all places which were used for Malawi Young Pioneer bases so that Malawi’s agriculture industry should be transformed and young people should make money.
“We are aiming high to fulfil the project, this project will help youth in different ways as you are aware three quarters of Malawian youth are jobless so this will help them to empower themselves.
“EYED decided to start modern faming since everything now is going modern,” said Nyirenda who has been a farmer for 10 years now.
Apart from farming, youth at EYED are also involved in other activities to generate funds. The money generating activities include organising talents shows as well as producing jingles, comedies, and movies
“We have youth who have different talents and those talents we transformed into business for example we worked with TNM during the launch of the Super League second round last year at Mzuzu stadium,” said Mkandawire.
Mkandawire added that last year on 29 September they organised Executive Fundraising Dinner where they introduced themselves to the private sector on what they want to do and how companies can support the organisation.