Rodrigue S. Kaki

Rodrigue Kaki is from Benin Republic. He obtained his “Baccalauréat” in 2008. That same year, he was admitted to the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin, where he completed both his first degree and Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. Rodrigue is a 2018 fellow for the research grant for “Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence …

Mwita Erick Marwa

Mwita Erick Marwa is a Kenyan citizen, currently working with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a Research Associate. He is a trained Agricultural Economist, with multidisciplinary experience working with research institutes and NGOs. His research work focuses on the adoption and impact pathways of development interventions, technologies, and institutional innovations, aimed at livelihood improvements. He is a beneficiary …

Oluwaseun Oginni

Oluwaseun Oginni is a Nigerian scholar with a pragmatic and enthusiastic approach to research. He holds B.Tech. (Hons) in Agricultural Economics and Extension from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Nigeria. He has interest and experience in sustainable Agriculture, Socioeconomic Research, and Data Science. In 2016, he obtained a Master’s degree from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) Nigeria. …

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 …