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Saturday, 1 November 2014

The Meeting

It was Plato who said; 'Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.'

But I, on that day, had nothing to say.

And he stressed that it is important to encourage youths, but more so young women in agriculture. For them to have more prominence in the sector. And I wanted to scream. To perch atop my lungs and scream.

But I, on that day, had nothing to say.

And he argued that youths must create they own space and not wait upon the older heads to make that space for them. For them to be creative. And I wanted to scream. To perch atop my lungs and scream.

But I, on that day, had nothing to say.

And he alluded to the need for youths to sit on regional policy-making boards to help direct and contribute to these critical decisions within the sector. For them to be included in the decision and policy making process. And I wanted to scream. To perch atop my lungs and scream.

But I, on that day, still had nothing to say.

And he continued, that youth need to be revolutionary, stating emphatically that "change can only take place from the inside". For them to be bold and speak out. And I wanted to scream. Instead I took a deep breath and smiled.

In reading this post, you have noticed the long, boring repetitions and probably thought that I would have repeated the same lines one time too many. But like this post, these same issues and solutions in agriculture have been said over and over again.

I have realized that the problems facing the agricultural sector within this region can be fixed. Yes agrifootsoldiers, surprisingly they can. However, if the solutions do not come from a source that has a Master's in Agricultural Economics, they would not be considered. The hypocrisy of some to look me in the face and speak of these things loudly when he himself was annoyed by my utterances. To speak of change and inclusion and space and revolution. I shake my head in disbelief. Some people welcome change so long as nothing changes.

It was Dennis Brown who sang the lyrics; " Do you know what it means to have a revolution? And what it takes to make a solution? Fighting against oppression?"

 Stand up and be counted Agrifootsoldiers!!!!