Vision and Mission
The youth is the future. Investing in youth is always worth it, especially in the agricultural sector. Youthure foundation aims to decrease youth unemployment resulting in less migration/urbanization and less criminality. Focussing on improved sustainable farming practices that are adapting to climate change, will make farmers more resilient and benefit the environment (e.g. less landscape degradation, efficient use of scarce resources like land and water). Local economies/markets will be supported and food production increased. Our projects are sustainable investments that will create a snowball effect. On the long-term, it contributes to an increase in GDP and decreases poverty and crime, not only on a local scale but also on a regional and even national level.
Our aim is to develop projects with a high chance of continuation, resulting in long-term positive effects. How?
- Building on and linking already existing resources
- Working with a small, passionate and energetic team
- Focusing on opportunities: an optimistic mindset
- Learning by doing
- Using an integrated approach
- Starting small-scale and create a snowball effect
- Making use of innovative and SMART technologies/tools
Currently, our work focusses on projects in Kenya en Malawi. We are working together with local organisations and NGO’s in both countries who know the culture and are experts on local farming practices. In the future we aim to expand our projects to other countries as well.
Loes van der Pluijm
Founder and Managing Director
Loes has a background in integrated water resource management and worked on projects related to water, agrofood and international development together with many different stakeholders in different countries (a.o. Kenya, Mexico, Ethiopia and Malawi). “I got these experiences because I had access to a student loan which gave me the opportunity to follow my passion. Many youth don’t have that opportunity and struggle to survive. I believe youth is the future and I am passionate to work with and for the youth to make their future and the environment more sustainable and contribute to positive change.”
Farming Expert Kenya
Kahenya has fifteen years of experience in community water resources management regarding water allocation and water conflict management. He is a trainer in smart water use including water storage, conveyance and application. “I am passionate to work with Youthure Foundation and develop test farms for youth to help them with an agricultural business.” Currently, Kahenya is the director for Kiahuko green farm where demonstrations on modern technology are displayed to the local community.
Farming Expert Malawi
Blessings is a competent and ambitious irrigation engineer who has a background in irrigation designing, installing irrigation systems, interpreting agricultural development, providing agricultural development trainings and agricultural extension services. During a training by the Flood Based Livelihoods Network in the Netherlands, he developed a good understanding of climate smart flood based livelihoods systems. “I believe the future has its foundation in the youth.”
Eva van Dijk
Eva recently graduated with a Master’s degree in International land and water management. “Over the years, I have grown a strong passion for sustainable and resilient agricultural practices that safeguard food security and enhance ecosystem services. With the climate changing drastically, I am very concerned about environmental problems and food security. It is the youth of today that will face the worst effects of climate change. Therefore, I want to help the youth and give them access to resources to be able to create a sustainable future for themselves and for the environment.”
Emiel is a young ambitious filmmaker, with the aim of making powerful and convincing productions. “For me, passionate people are the most important thing, so that together we can translate an interesting story into a high-end film.”