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TECHFARM Hosts The eDIALOGUES International Youth Day 2021 Edition

Press Release

Aug. 25, 2021, 10:38 p.m.

On Wednesday, 11th August, 2021, TECHFARM Hub in collaboration with the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO and MTN Ghana Foundation celebrated remarkable contributions of youth around the globe, especially, Ghanaian youth during the eDIALOGUES International Youth Day 2021.

The discussion centred on “Advancing Youth Innovations to Boost Sustainable Food Security and Decent Work”. This was achieved with support from the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) and Melton Foundation.

The concept of eDIALOGUES emerged as a response to the impact of COVID-19 on initially planned activities of TECHFARM hub to engage with the community of stakeholders virtually.

eDIALOGUES is a TECHFARM Hub flagship online-based panel discussion which engages astute industry professionals, academia, public sector officials and private sector players on selected topical issues.

WH. Kobina Adomadzi Longdon, Developer and Chief Executive of TECHFARM Hub moderated the two-part invigorating session. The first part of the session engaged Special Guest Speakers who included Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh - Secretary-General of the Ghana Commission for UNESCO who shared a 2021 IYD commemoration statement, Dr. Steffen Bethmann - Executive Director, Melton Foundation who reflected on the sub-theme; “The Transformative Impact of Global Citizenship Participation among Youth” and Mr. Nelson Godfried Agyemang, the Coordinating CEO at Digital Startups and SMEs Africa (DSSA) gave perspectives on sustainable food security options in Agribusinesses and how young people can take advantage to secure employability and income generation opportunities.

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The second part of the discussion engaged the active participation of carefully selected panelists to discuss the main theme for the day. The panelists were Merina Jessamy - Co-founding Director of Maroon Women Network in Suriname and Grenada, Amajuoyi Ikechukwu Kingsley - Co-founder & CEO of Kernelinc Resources Ltd (KR Foods) in Nigeria and Nadia Owusu is a remarkable young Digital Marketing Consultant in Ghana.

The panel session highlighted key factors that promote the meaningful participation of young people in providing critical solutions to local and global challenges towards achieving the SDGs, promote youth-driven innovative solutions and technologies to reduce poverty and boost decent work and economic empowerment opportunities as well as advocate for the commitment of ecosystem stakeholders towards securing social inclusion and food security albeit post Covid-19 pandemic. Salient highlights from the session are captured in a communique issued by TECHFARM Hub.

TECHFARM Hub was established in March 2020 as a Pan-African entrepreneurship, innovation, and business development and the first hub to fill an urgent vacuum in the Eastern Region and specifically in Koforidua for a safe space where young people can go to build their entrepreneurship, agripreneurship and innovative solutions using disruptive tools, technologies and resources to upscale opportunities for productivity and profitability.

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