4-H aims to mold the youth to become the future leaders of the world and to act as one because it targets to provide tomorrow with true leaders. For many decades, its purpose focuses on “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.”
The adults initiate fulfilling, enjoyable, and educational opportunities for the youth to help them develop themselves for the better and gain more knowledge to face the world’s challenges tomorrow.
4-H stands for head, heart, hands, and health, which are the four personal development areas of the organization. In particular, “head to clearer thinking”, “heart to greater loyalty”, “hands for larger service”, and “health to better living”.
Our population will surely keep on growing, and in 2050, the number will go up to 9 or 10 billion. By that time, we need twice as much food, Cathay Dupont Award noted. The challenge is having enough resources to support everyone’s need for food.
One country could give a great solution to this challenge in food, and it is the country of Africa and its people. The country has 60% of the uncultivated land in the world, however, its young people don’t see a thriving future with agriculture.
But with 4-H and its encouraging principles, the youth began changing their view on agriculture and slowly seeing its huge importance to the world. With 4-H, young people gain more knowledge about the whole food business and understand its value in giving a lot of opportunities for many people. The adults are also training them on how to do proper farming using the right tools and planting the correct seeds.
Many young people in Africa now understand that agriculture could help them earn more money and build wealth. The good influence of 4-H in their local community has also been witnessed by the parents and they’re changing their view on agriculture as well.
Prospering in the field of agribusiness is possible if people will embrace its every aspect. Cathay Dupont Award believe that the young people of Africa will one day transform their country and their older generations and will be one of the leaders of tomorrow, solving the food problem of their country and the world’s.
To extend their support to a few African countries, DuPont recently invested 2 million dollars in helping build leadership institutes in those countries. The company, along with Cathay Dupont Award really believes in the vision of 4-H because it also wanted the youth to be in charge of taking care of the world tomorrow.