Saturday 15 December, 2018

Watch: WhyFarm guiding T&T's youth to forge their agricultural empires

Alpha Sennon is a man on a mission. 

He has taken his fervour for agriculture and channelled it to educating Trinidad and Tobago's children and youth about the importance of agriculture, agri-business and food security. 

As the founder of WhyFarm, Alpha has been working tirelessly to increase awareness of food security concerns globally through agri-edutainment (agricultural education and entertainment).

Part of WhyFarm's drive is to reprogramme the perception of the agriculture sector, allowing youth to see it as an innovative and lucrative career path.

Within a year, the NGO expanded globally, launching in Zambia, Rwanda, Cameroon, and Haiti. It has also been established in Nigeria, Kenya, and Colombia. 

One of Alpha's many projects under WhyFarm is an agri-preneur incubator design lab where some of Siparia's youth were trained and provided with tools and suport  for the production of a Siparia Community chocolate bar.

 

When he's not educating children and young adults on agriculture and food security, he's travelling the world, serving as keynote speaker at major events such as Global Thought for Food Summit. He's represented WhyFarm and Trinidad and Tobago in Israel, Rome and Saudi Arabia, where he was one of 15 winners at the Misk Global Challenge, a competition that tasked young innovators from around the world to develop innovative solutions to global challenges. 

Speaking on multiple international platforms has not fallen on deaf ears. 

"Many people have been contacting us to share our methodology about youth engagement in agriculture. We have found something quite unique, that is agricultural entertainment and we're packaging that as agri-edu-tainment to really showcase and excite young people in a creative way in how they can approach the industry.

"A child may not like farming, but that doesn't mean they don't like agriculture. They can create a farming product and create something. They can invent a tool to make a farmer's life easier, they can invent clothing to make farmers cooler in the sun you name it...all of this will add to food and nutrition security in Trinidad and Tobago."

With such a commitment to guiding Trinidad and Tobago's youth to take agri-preneurship to the next level, we'd like to believe that the future of food security is in safe hands. 

Follow WhyFarm on Facebook and Instagram for updates and visit their website for more information about their work.

 

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