Rural Female Farmers contribute more to Local Economy in Cameroon

With about half a million young women and a quarter of a million young men according to research, armed with the capacity to grow food, make goods, and provide services to others in Cameroon, several challenges pose as factors responsible for impeding the impact of their activities. A study shows, these factors comprise of unemployment, poverty and underemployment, despite agriculture …

Adoption of Mobile Phones can provide Youth with Agriculture Market Access

While agriculture has been categorized as the largest economic sector in most African countries by several studies, offering opportunities for poverty alleviation for youth on the continent, there is still a low percentage of youth involvement in the sector and this has been attributed to several factors. One major reason for poor youth participation in agriculture according to research carried …

ICT Adoption can Increase Crop Productivity among Young Farmers in Tanzania

Study have shown that the involvement of Africa’s youth in rural development, and agriculture will not only boost food security on the continent but also strategically provide solutions to the prevailing problem of unemployment plaguing African societies. However, youth participation in these areas in most African countries is very low, this can be linked to so many factors which includes …

Basic Infrastructure Key to Increased Employment for Rural Youth in Senegal

In a country with about 60 percent of the population under 24 years of age, Senegal’s youth involvement in economic activities remains relatively low, alongside a high rate of unemployment which has attracted significant interest among policymakers in the country. Despite the importance of youth employment in the economic development process, the country is yet to fully benefit from its …

Youth Involvement Crucial to Successful Agriculture Intervention Programs

The N-power Agro program introduced in 2015 as a National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) designed to create jobs and empower Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35. The goal of the program is to provide skills, tools, and experience necessary to advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship, and innovation. This was part of the Nigerian government’s efforts to address …

Tanzania: PHM will increase Youth involvement in Horticulture

Horticulture is a field of agriculture that involves the growing of short growing season, averaging three months, offers quick yields and returns on investments despite the high rate of post-harvest losses. In Tanzania, with the Government putting forward a National Strategy for Youth Involvement in Agriculture (NYSIA) for 2016-2021 through the Ministry of Agriculture with the vision to empower youths …

Agribusiness: Way out for Youth Rural-Urban Migration

Research has associated the increase of rural-urban migration amongst youth in Africa with lesser food expenditures and the incidence of poverty while attributing the major reason for youths migrating from rural to urban areas in West Africa, Nigeria to unemployment. The recent study funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) under the Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence …

Over 400 applications received from across Africa for CARE Grant

Following the announcement for the call for applications on the “Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa”, over 400 applications were received from across Africa for the three-year research grant. The fellowship under the framework of the CARE project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development …

IFAD-CARE sponsored study focuses on agribusiness to tackle unemployment in rural Africa

Policymakers in Africa have been called upon to adopt sustainable ways to address the rate of unemployment among youths across the Continent. In a study carried out by Esther Lombe Kwaambwa under the IFAD sponsored CARE project being implemented by IITA, youth unemployment estimated at 23% is projected to double with Africa’s youth population expected to be over 830 million …

AYOOLA ADEWALE

Ayoola Adewale is a Nigerian female. She holds both First and Second Degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. She is currently a PhD Candidate of the same Department and Institution. Her PhD research study focuses on the impact of commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) on Farmers’ Productivity and Welfare in Nigeria. Prior to her PhD …