Make Agriculture Attractive to Our Youth: Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone

Fr. Peter Konteh. Credit: Caritas Africa

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone is rallying for the strengthening of the country’s agricultural sector to attract young people who he says have resorted to begging on the streets of the West African country.

In a reflection shared with ACI Africa, Fr. Peter Konteh said encouraging the youth to go into agriculture, specifically, paves the way for a more sustainable and secure future for them.

“It is imperative that we encourage our young people to embrace agriculture as a viable and rewarding livelihood, rather than resorting to begging on the streets,” Fr. Konteh said Wednesday, July 26. 

Fr. Konteh said there is a need to change the youth's perception of agriculture from “a profession of hardship and toil” to a dignified career. 

“Let us encourage our young people to view agriculture as a noble and dignified profession—one that holds the key to their own prosperity and the nation's progress. By equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and support, we can cultivate a new generation of agricultural leaders who will spearhead our journey towards a more sustainable and secure future,” he said. 


He added, “We need to highlight the innovative and technologically advanced aspects of modern agriculture, showcasing the potential for entrepreneurship, scientific advancements, and sustainable practices.”

The Caritas Freetown official said agriculture is "the cornerstone of development in a country like Sierra Leone."

Agriculture, he said, offers the West African country the opportunity to tackle unemployment, boost its economy, and ensure food security for all. 

“By investing in agriculture and encouraging our young people to engage in this sector, we can transform our nation, uplift our communities, and pave the way for a brighter future,” he said. 

He said that agriculture is key in ensuring food security and sustainability for Sierra Leoneans, especially those facing poverty and unemployment. 

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Fr. Konteh said that agriculture has provided an opportunity for the people of God in the West African nation to transform the economy and ensure that there is enough food for everyone.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.