About Y-Agriculture

The Youth-Agriculture programme dubbed Y-Agriculture was developed in 2014 to enhance the agriculture sector’s corporate career offerings and to promote skills development. The programme was designed by the National Agricultural Marketing Council in close collaboration with AgriSETA.

The purpose of Y-Agriculture is to attract the youth of South Africa to agriculture and address the lack thereof of job opportunities. Critically, overall challenges facing the sector in failure to attract the youth include;

  • Lack of sufficient access to information, knowledge and education about agriculture at secondary level.
  • Most learners from non-agricultural schools do not have access to agriculture subjects as they are excluded in their syllabus.
  • The inadequate preparation of learners by tertiary institutions for work environment.

Y Agriculture Gala Dinner 18 November 2016

News Makers

Empowering Youth in Agriculture

The NAMC placed four plant production interns to the scheme, in order to assist with day to day implementation activities which includes and not limited to identification of diseases, advisory service and practical mentorship on farm management activities. The 4 interns are placed in the hands of. Mr. Tshithivhe an extension officer from LDARD, who is the manager of Mphaila irrigation scheme.

Young Female Farmer

This is a story of Cebile Buthelezi, a 34year-old woman from Vryheid, KwaZulu- Natal (KZN) Province. Cebile grew up in a farming family in the KZN Province. She says she did not like doing farm activities when she was young because it felt like an abuse, having to wake up around three or four o’clock in the morning. However, she grew to love farming as she learnt from her parents, as a result, she went to an agricultural school.

FANRPAN Youth Winner

The Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network hosted a Policy Dialogue from the 25-17 August 2017, in Durban. Part of the Dialogue was to honour those contributing towards agricultural development in South Africa. Gift Mafuleka, a youth grain commercial farmer was recognised at the FANRPAN Awards under the category of youth.


Agricultural Economist – Kayalethu Sotsha

Kayalethu Sotsha is a Senior Economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council. He obtained his MSc Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) at Fort Hare University under the supervision of Professor Ben Bester. He is currently doing his PhD in Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University under the supervision of Professor Nick Vink.

He hails from Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, a disadvantaged rural village where many still depend on social grants. Kayalethu spent all of his childhood in rural public schools but was fortunate to make it to higher education assisted by NSFAS.

Current Work Focus
  • Editor of Agripreneur: Journal publication focusing on the achievements of smallholder farmers in South Africa.
  • SIP11: Coordinates agricultural infrastructure data and provides analysis of the impact and progress of the projects.
  • SMAT: Part of the  research team looking at surveying market access for smallholder farmers.

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