Walking to the stream is not always easy. At times, I thought I would never get there. My father was a travelling teacher, and the year I finished elementary school my family moved three times. I had to wait another year to start high school. Then, just when I was back on the path to higher education, war broke out. The Biafran War ravaged my country and three years passed before I finally got to university.
So when I say that we have to give young people opportunities, and to invest in rural areas, I am remembering my own challenges, and how lucky I was. Today, forty years later, my greatest joy is listening to the stories of people in rural communities. Small changes make a huge difference to their lives. They know where the river is. It is our job to help them get there so they can dip their bucket and collect their water.
Kanayo Nwanze is the President of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development