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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …