The challenge of transforming agriculture in Africa must be reframed as transforming agribusiness development through youth involvement.
--Dr. Namanga Ngongi
Past President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
I believe fervently that practical, hands-on training is essential to the conquest of hunger.
--Dr. Norman Borlaug
Nobel Peace Laureate
The future of African young people lies in a more prosperous and inclusive Africa, and there is no other sector that has greater power to create growth than the agricultural sector.
--Dr. Akin Adesina
President, African Development Bank
Education is the great engine of personal development.
--President Nelson Mandela
We need youth to see agriculture as a viable and profitable business opportunity – one that builds up communities, is valued across the Continent and creates jobs
--Joyce Banda, Former President of the Republic of Malawi
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Welcome to SBAE

Our Mission

Our mission is to catalyze a broad coalition of partners to build capacity and create an enabling environment to advance school-based agricultural education in sub-Saharan Africa.

Home to almost one billion people, 60 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under the age of 25 and most reside in rural areas.  Over two-thirds of youth are unemployed or underemployed, and by 2050, the region’s population will double.

With its 100-year legacy, school-based agricultural education (SBAE) unleashes the diligence and creative capital of Africa’s youth. Aligning with the region’s agriculture, education and economic priorities, SBAE is primed to drive agricultural and rural transformation.

The Movement seeks the support and collaboration of a broad coalition of partners committed to agricultural innovation, education, youth development and rural livelihoods to advance SBAE.

Learn more and join us on this journey.

TEDx Talk: You're Doing It Wrong, Dad!

In his TEDx Talk, Trent McKnight shares how to harness the unique reference point of youth to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.  As a former 4-H member, national president of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and founder of The Movement for School-Based Agricultural Education (SBAE), Trent explains the economic impact youth can have by reframing better farming practices and technologies to their parents.

Empower Youth, Transform Agriculture:

An Introductory Guide to School-Based Agricultural Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

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