Youth-in-agribusiness initiatives key to solving youth unemployment

Despite the introduction of several intervention programs to reduce or eradicate youth unemployment, the creation of jobs to reduce unemployment has been a major and trending issue across most developing and less developed countries in the world. However, the increasing unemployment rate in Nigeria among the youth within the age bracket of 25–35, remains a challenge to social, and economic …

Determinants influencing youth engagement in agribusiness

With agribusiness gaining more attention in the domain of entrepreneurship development, small enterprises in agriculture run by youths can contribute significantly to economic growth, poverty reduction, and address the issue of youth unemployment across Africa. Despite a growing concern on the lack of interest with agriculture amongst youths on the continent, engaging youths in agriculture has become a prominent topic …

Credit access for increased productivity among youth agripreneurs

Horticulture, an aspect of agriculture practiced by millions of youths across Africa, has helped with improving the livelihoods of a vast majority living in poverty and struggling to find employment. The continent hosts the world’s youngest population of around 200 million youths aged 15–24 years, with a large number of youth in rural areas engaging in farming activities, as a …

Agribusiness engagement key to poverty reduction among youth

With the increasing rate of unemployment among youths in Nigeria, development stakeholders are of the opinion that agriculture can serve as a source of alleviating unemployment and poverty, both of which are closely linked. According to a study carried out by Romanus Osabohien, under the IFAD sponsored IITA-CARE project, youth engagement in agribusiness can significantly contribute to increase in per …

Study shows way to influence youth performance in agripreneurship

In order to raise the level of youth engagement in agribusiness, as part of measures to address the challenge of unemployment in Africa, it is imperative that governments across the continent tackle factors that are responsible for impeding youth involvement. While there have been lots of controversial discourse as to whether the youth population swell across the African continent is …

Making a case for migrants’ originating households in Malawi

According to research, migration for employment is a key feature of youth mobility in certain parts of Africa, as individuals migrate primarily to improve their social status and learn new skills and trades. Internal migration – both rural to urban and rural to rural, of youth is also increasing due to lack of employment opportunities, and as a consequence of …

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 …

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 …

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 …