Enhancing Youths’ willingness to engage in Agripreneurship

With about 14% of youths in the country experiencing unemployment as at 2020, according to research, youths within the age bracket 15-24years are not only available for employment but are actively seeking various means of employment. The huge youthful population in Nigeria is faced with high rates of unemployment, underemployment and poor livelihood. Recent study reveals that agriculture can be …

ACCESS TO INFRASTRUCTURE CAN INCREASE YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN AGRICULTURE

Youth unemployment remains a critical challenge in developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa where the rate of youth unemployment is one of the highest in the world. While graduate unemployment is a major concern for the government of the Republic of Benin, a study carried out under the IITA–CARE project being sponsored by IFAD across 10 countries in Africa, explored …

Factors that influence choosing Agriculture among Youths in Cameroon

Despite agriculture being an important part of the country’s economy, youths in Cameroon often have limited options in specializing in the various areas that exist in the field. While agriculture has rarely been part of the curriculum through secondary school until recent years, an average youth can find a few specialized institutions of higher education such as the University of …

The Youth Agripreneurs of Southern Benin Republic

A recent study carried out under the IITA-CARE project, covering six southern depart­ments in the Benin Republic, comprising Atlantic, Littoral, Ouémé, Plateau, Zou, and Mono; and included eleven ethnicities: Adjas, Aizos, Fons, Gouns, Guins, Holis, Houedas, Ouatchis, Toffins, Yoruba, and Xwlas, reveals the agriculture sector in the country has the potential to employ a huge percentage of youths, increase food …

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 …