“With more Youth in Agriculture, we can eradicate Poverty and boost our Economies”
We have brilliant members devoting their efforts to our continent. Therefore, every month, we shed light on their background related to their passion for developing Africa.
Our January AYMer who happens to be the first AYMer for the year 2016. Fideline Mboringong is member of the committee on Agriculture. Fideline joined AYM a year ago, with dedication and selflessness, she has being in top gear adding value to Africa via exercising her potentials and passion.
Fideline Mboringong holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations (Environmental Management and Sustainable Development) from International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC). She is an astute advocate of Environment, Education and Gender Equality; three vital key areas of life geared at building capacities for sustainable growth and development. Her job is focused on promoting sustainability in the extractive sector, protection and conservation of the environment and ensuring food security amidst challenges of climate change.
As change may have it, passion will always seek out ways to make impact. Conficius, puts it, “If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children”. Beside Fideline’s job, she equally has a strong passion for social development with focus on advocacy for children’s education. She sees a greater future in Africa when investment is made in the lives of young Africans. During our interview with her, she emphasizes : “I am well motivated to mentor young girls so that they become dynamic and innovative leaders in their communities thereby contributing in decision making and community building”.
Fideline was introduced to leadership during her University days, since then her belief and vision have been refined. She believes leadership is all about service; service to humanity. “You are there to serve and not to be served” she expressed. “Team spirit is the key, everybody always has something to contribute. As a leader, you must give everyone the opportunity to express themselves”, she adds.
Since you got familiar with Our January AYMer, you can read below the full interview with Fideline to get to know more about her role in the AYM.
What inspired you into being who you are? And what are your core values in life?
Coming from a humble background, my environment with its challenges and realities like poverty, teenage pregnancy, school dropouts etc. has contributed a lot in shaping me to be the person that I am today. It has driven me to work on identifying ways to resolve these challenges. I have three Core values: Integrity, Excellence and Humility.
How do you perceive the role of voluntarism in respect to your vision and dream for Africa?
John F Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”. This has been my greatest guide when it comes to volunteering. Volunteering gives us the opportunity to give back to our communities. I believe as youth, we must continually ask ourselves what we can do to bring change in Africa or making it the continent we want it to be and then we get to work.
Why did you join AYM and why MUST other African Youth join the Movement?
The first thing that attracted me was the youth who were ready to volunteer their time and ideas to contribute in making Africa a better place. Like it’s commonly said if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. So basically I wanted to contribute my ideas as we strive in resolving some of the challenges we are facing in Africa like unemployment, climate change, instability etc. It holds true that if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together. I believe African youth has a responsibility towards our continent; in fact my mantra says it all; each and everyone has a role to play in the development of their communities, countries and the world at large. So AYM is giving African youth the opportunity to be at the service of their communities and for me this is an opportunity they should exploit.
Being a core AYM member, narrate your experience in AYM till now?
Generally, it’s been very interesting interactive, networking and exchanging with dynamic youth from around Africa who are working in different domains but committed to being change makers on the continent. It’s not all been rosy, there have been challenges such as getting commitment from some members but I believe that happens in every organization and that is why we work in teams to complement each other and exploit our diversity to meet our goals. Notwithstanding, I believe in the powerful contribution these youth are bringing with regards to development of this continent.
As a member of the committee on Agriculture, what role is your committee playing to end poverty and hunger for sustainable development in the continent?
We are currently working on finalizing our strategic plan and our goal is improving and building a sustainable African agricultural system through the leadership of African youth. We are looking forward to engaging more youth in the continent in agriculture and identifying ways through which youth can use agriculture in contributing to eradicating poverty and the development of their countries.
Are you satisfied with the level of youth involvement in Agriculture?
No, I think most youth still consider agriculture as an activity for the less privileged or the old. About 70% of most Africans depend on agriculture for their livelihood and if more youth could get involved in agriculture we will contribute a lot in eradicating poverty and boosting our economies.
Where do you see your committee 5 years from now?
Change makers in the agricultural sector and playing a key role in ending poverty and hunger in the continent.
What will AYM bring to the African Youth?
Permit me to borrow directly the mission of AYM “We are committed and united young Africans who aim to change the reality of Africa by generating together creative solutions”. Simply put, I think AYM is giving the African Youth an opportunity to be part of the solution of their problems and to serve as agents of change on the continent.
How do you feel being nominated as the AYMer of the month?
I am happy and humbled to have been nominated as AYMer of the month. On one hand it means my services are being acknowledged but on the other hand and most importantly it means I have to work harder.
Who is/are your role model(s) in life? And what is your favorite leadership quote?
I draw my inspiration from several people around the world but I think my mother has contributed a lot in shaping the person I have become. She thought me to believe in myself and that I can be anything I want to be in life. This has given me the courage to go out there and chase my dreams. My favorite leadership quote is by Harry S. Truman who says “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
Finally, what is your last thought to the African Youth out there?
As African youth, it is our responsibility to make this continent what we want it to be; No effort is ever too little.
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