Career Plan Chevening is looking for individuals who have a clear post-study career plan
Chevening is looking for individuals who have a clear post-study career plan. Please outline your immediate plans upon returning home and your longer term career goals. You may wish to consider how these relate to what the UK government is doing in your country. (Minimum word count: 100 words, maximum word count: 500 words)
With the challenges of climate change and food and water security, there has never been a greater demand for innovative and sustainable farming in Botswana. However the industry is facing a fierce challenge of lack of new recruits. . The 2015 Agricultural Census shows that youth farm holders in Botswana in this sector account to 6%. The census further reflects that the youth males dominate the sector accounts for 64%. I grew up on a farm and I have had the privilege to grow seeds into plants and cook what I grew. I certainly learned to be innovative, patient, take risks and that hard work pays off. Taking up farming as a profession after my completion of my Masters will be an easy choice as I strive to be an example and an inspiration to youth particularly women to participate in Agriculture because for us to end hunger, we need to empower women. The statistics are well known, women make up to half of agricultural labour in many developing countries like Botswana but face societal constraints such as land ownership and rights.
With all this I have taken it upon myself as an individual to embrace this challenge and become a young commercial farmer and be part of the emerging industry. One of the UK’s priorities in Botswana is to promote trade and investment particularly outward and inward Foreign Direct Investment and economic diversification activities. Botswana is facing competition from the world markets despite countries efforts to globalise and liberalise trade markets and continues to face fierce competition for its exports. Through trade agreements such as the Generalised System of Preferences offered by the UK, Botswana is offered preferential tariff treatment under the Market Access Regulation (MAR) for certain industrial and agricultural products. With this sort of support Botswana will be able to achieve her priorities of being globally competitive and advancing from a food self-sufficient to a food secure nation. Botswana could also use her ties with the UK to benchmark to allow local farmers to compare their business against successful farmers in the UK in terms of profitability, performance measures, costs, energy use and environmental impact
My career goals are first to gain adequate industry experience and after a period of five years venture into Research particularly in the field of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. The distinction of this career goal is driven by the increasing global population, pressure on renewable and scarce resources and a need to intensify food production whilst minimising the effects on the environment. I believe through this profession I can contribute positively to the United Nations agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which gears towards balancing the three aspects of development being, environmental, social and economic.