ADVICE TO A YOUNGER ME: KODY EMMANUEL, SERVE AFRICA
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 0:21
0:40: There's been a lot of conversation around getting young people interested in agriculture and no one has really talked about "how do you do that? What is the system you put in place?". Through the Casamance Agriculture Project we are showing how to.
1:22: I've been coming to Senegal for some time and everytime I come to Senegal I'm always amazed by how courageous and how creative the young people here are. The one thing they're always asking is an opportunity. I wanted to create a program that would provide those opportunities to them.
1:42: My passion is to make sure that we provide young Africans with the technical skills and the knowledge transfer that they need to continue their work.
4:14: The population of Senegal right now is 13 million, by 2022 it's gonna be 23 million. What do you do with all these people?...We wanna be part of that conversation and our initial project is a way to go.
5:02: I had come to a point where I hit a wall and I had to come to an event like this to get my batteries running again. The weekend has exceeded all my expectations.
6.05: (On the question of what's kept him going for all this time) Lumbita Goudiaby...Lumbita was the first person to submit his application for the program. He walked for about 45 minutes, he came to us sweating and he was like "Am I late? Here's the application" and he was the first one. And see his transformation from that day to now where he's managing me, I cannot honestly let him down.
8.30: I think that's what separates us from anyboody else,ours are people. You cannot do this work behind the desk.
9.18: The first day, when we launched the project, April 22nd, nothing went well...but you know what? we made it hapen....in the afternoon, I called a friend at 12.45, and I said "I need someone from Casamance to come and speak to us". He immediately left whatever he was doing to come talk to our participants. And afterwards, they were so motivated that they all came back the next day.
11.09: The Africa that we want, the Africa that I think we all aspire to see has to change if the world is to change, for the better. I want to be part of a community that works to make the continent all it can be. My job is to make sure that young Africans, young Senegalese have all the tools to be their own heroes.