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Middlemen play an important role by linking farmers to traders and final markets. This is particularly the case in developing countries, where market failure is ubiquitous and food chains still consist of many stages We need to do more to get the youth onto the agribusiness bandwagon. The opportunities are endless, and so is the potential of many young people to make it in agriculture. Madon Canu Korupanda is a seasoned farmer in the Eiseb area of the Epukiro Constituency of the Omaheke region. As we come to the end of a difficult year, I would like to revisit some of the home truths about farming, especially for the greenhorns, I’ve shared on this platform. In 2015, young upcoming farmers came together to share ideas and help each other with farming-related challenges. The limited availability of land has been a hurdle for many aspiring farmers, many of whom are determined to venture into farming but lack fertile land. It is a brand new year with renewed hope, goals and aspirations. The central questions that would drive these aspirations should be: how do I do more with less? The abundance of invader plant species in the Omaheke region continues to threaten limited grazing in the area. There has of late been consistent calls from experts for farmers to diversify their means or form of farming if they are to get the best out of their farming enterprises. Hard work, perseverance and some ‘unearthly’ intervention gave Divine Chickens the wings needed to soar to higher heights in the poultry industry it enjoys today. Back in the days – and to a lesser extent today still – agriculture was used as a punishment in schools. If a learner is deemed to have defied reasonable orders or instructions from a teacher, such learner was ‘sentenced’ to weed out the school’s miniature vegetable garden. The latest flood bulletin released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform paints a gloomy picture of the prospects of rain for the Kunene region, with the region having received relatively minimal showers since the onset of the rainy season. We need to be constantly planning for “What if” for we do not know what tomorrow holds. One way we can make sure we make optimum use of the rain is to find ways to harvest rainwater. Rabban Nghishidimbwa is an agripreneur on a mission. Not only has he managed to set up and run a niche business, he has taken it upon himself to educate and train others in the vibrant agriculture sector on small-scale agribusinesses. The story of a young man who decided to venture into agribusiness profiled elsewhere in this edition of AgriToday is inspiring. In 2007, Elize Eliphas took a bold decision; to get dirty and muddy as opposed to following a career path that would land her a posh office job where her nails would be intact. This week’s AgriToday cover story of a farmer who managed to realise a longstanding dream of owning a piece of land is encouraging and an eye-opener to those who give up at the first hurdle. Perseverance. Determination. Resilience. That’s all that is needed to make it in this cut-throat, yet profitable agribusiness world. Despite its obvious benefits, the noble initiative of subsistence crop farming which enables a family to feed right off the fields, have not been successfully replicated across the country. The age-old debate of quantity versus quality in farming rages on, with one side of farming preferring this, and the next side preferring the other mode. It is true that all around the world, the farming population is ageing. I recently read that the average age of a farmer in Africa is 62 years old.