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 by 2050, and 10-12 million youth enter the work force each year in Africa.
This has created a situation where the number of youths seeking jobs far outweighs the number of job opportunities on the Continent; with job creation proving to be a problem given the general trends of low economic growth across the region, the study on the employment status of youth in agribusiness rural area using Livingstone a town in southwestern Zambia as a case study.
With scant employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young women and men in rural Africa, the study has revealed that creating jobs for these young people requires urgent government intervention at the policy level.
Using Agriculture as a peg, Kwaambwa’s study explored the significant role it has played in the area of addressing unemployment in rural Zambia. The study stated that key focus should be on young agribusiness entrepreneurs, who combines the skills and talent, personal ambition, willingness to take risks and resourcefulness needed to set up businesses that create much needed jobs and improve the welfare of farmers and their community.
The study has suggested that Governments across Africa should create policy measures that provide financial and tax incentives for new, youth-led agricultural companies while providing incentives to improve the quality of education and skills-based learning.
Kwaambwa’s study proffers that providing opportunities for youth-led enterprises to showcase successful agribusinesses and developing training programmes for financial management skills, credits-worthiness checks and provision of access to capital for young farmers and entrepreneurs, in conjunction with funding bodies and financial institutions would go a long way to address the challenge of unemployment in rural Africa.
The study sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) under the IITA led Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in Policy for Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa project is targeting policy makers towards developing effective policies and agribusiness development in Africa.
The Project which is being implemented in Benin, Cameroon, DRC, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal and Zambia is engaging media intermediaries and policy makers to create and strengthen policy making as well as fostering programs targeting youth to ensure that the issue of unemployment is tackled in rural Africa among youths.

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  1. Great project
    I would like to be part of this project. I am a MSc student from Mozambique and my course i am doing at Makerere university, Uganda-Kampala. Now, i am in research phase. I have done the coursework.

    1. Good afternoon,
      The grant applications are presently closed but an announcement will be made on our social media platforms when it begins. Thank you for reaching out.

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