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 …

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 …

Exploring the dynamics of farm and non-farm employment among Nigerian youth

The dynamics of youth employment in developing countries are often determined by factors that vary from one country to the other ranging from economic conditions to government policies. Understanding these dynamics has continued to attract the interest of research over time, due to the long unabated unemployment crises in the continent tipped to be home to 50% of the world’s …

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 …

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 …

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. …