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Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in Policy for Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa project seeks to enhance the understanding of the poverty reduction and employment impact, and the factors influencing youth engagement in agribusiness and rural farm and non-farm economy. By doing so, significantly increase the evidence of how policies and investments can contribute to economic growth and the enabling environment for rural youth.

The CARE project is being conducted by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). IITA is award-winning, research-for-development non-profit institution, based in Sub-Saharan Africa. It generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation.

Our goal

Our main aim is to enhance the understanding of the poverty reduction and employment impact, and the factors influencing youth engagement in agribusiness and rural farm and non-farm economy. By doing so, significantly increase the evidence of how policies and investments can contribute to economic growth and the enabling environment for rural youth.

Our objectives

Our key overall objective is to improve the availability, exchange, dissemination and use of research findings in the field of agribusiness and rural economic activities from young African scholars into policy and practice in support of economic growth and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, working at local, national and regional levels in Africa.

As part of our objectives, we are working on the following areas:

  • Strengthen the capacity of young African scholars in generating, appraising and disseminating evidence-based results to inform future action plans for national governments, the international community, the business sector and local communities;
  • Increase the availability and use of evidence for youth policies and decision-making related to youth participation in the rural sector; and
  • Strengthen the ability of key stakeholders to better use an evidence-based approach in youth economic empowerment in policy development.

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