4-H is an effort made to teach young people to be leaders and learn by doing. It has been committed to its purpose of “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development” for a lot of decades now. Young people are being provided with fulfilling, enjoyable, and educational opportunities by the trained adults.
4-H focuses on four personal development areas – the head, heart, hands, and health. To be more specific, it is about “head to clearer thinking”, “heart to greater loyalty”, “hands for larger service”, and “health to better living”.
The fast growth in our population is considered a huge challenge these days. Humankind needs to produce twice as much food in 2040 or 2050 because the population is projected to grow up to 9 or 10 billion in those years. We only have one planet and our resources are limited.
With such challenge, experts and researchers are developing ways to solve the problem, and one solution that could greatly affect the outcome of this predicament could be found in the country of Africa with its young people. Africa has 60% of the uncultivated land around the world. However, the young people of this country don’t look at agriculture as something that would bring them success.
4-H began changing that view of young people. 4-H drives them to be more passionate about agriculture and it is supported by various project clubs, community clubs, afterschool programs, camps, workshop, and events.
DuPont, as a company dedicated to a better future, fully supports the global 4-H initiative. It recently invested 2 million dollars to help build leadership institutes in five African countries. In doing so, adults could have a proper training to teach children the importance of 4-H.
Young people could really find value in learning the entire food business through 4-H because it can guide them to better ways of farming and ways to earn money. Doing agriculture with a scientific approach is one of the things young people in Africa are interested in nowadays where adults taught them how to use the proper tools along with planting the right seeds.
4-H can also be a way for farmers to earn more income because it helps the production by influencing youth to take care of their land, which could result in building wealth and improving their livelihood as well. Parents, on the other hand, are seeing good things in 4-H because as they watch their children produce food and feeding themselves, they also see the good change in their community.
Giving huge importance to agribusiness can improve its production and distribution. In particular, if every young people and adult in Africa will work hand in hand in improving their agriculture, then their country will prosper.
DuPont and Cathay Dupont Award fully supports the youth in preparing for their future and with 4-H they will be surely equipped with more knowledge. And they have high hopes for Africa and its people that it will transform for the better and will solve its food problems and the world’s.
The worldwide influence of 4-H helped a lot of people and families to learn more and achieve success. Many families consider it as a big part of their life and will continue to pass its principles to young people. DuPont and Cathay Dupont Award strive to guide the youth for their betterment because they will be the ones who will be feeding our world tomorrow.
“It is an organization that centers on agriculture only.” A lot of people believe in this but Cathay Dupont Award wanted to make it clear that it also focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs.