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Opportunities for youth in Africa

Accelerating job creation and entrepreneurship in agriculture and agribusiness










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    Multi-Country Support to Promote Employment Opportunities for Youth in Agribusiness in Africa - TCP/RAF/3802 2023
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    With over 750 million people under the age of 35, Africa has the youngest population in the world. Many of these youth lack stable economic situations and are mainly employed in the informal economy, such as contributing family workers, subsistence farmers, home-based micro-entrepreneurs or unskilled workers. However, job opportunities for youth are in agricultural value chains, including through agro-processing and innovative marketing models. Creating jobs for African youth through the development of agribusiness and entrepreneurship is fundamental in driving Africa’s inclusive economic transformation and development. This project aimed to contribute to accelerating the efforts in job creation and employment of African youth by undertaking key assessments in the target countries’ enabling environment and supporting existing programmes related to youth employment in agribusiness. These will assist in the identification of concrete actions for closing the gaps, building on existing target country priorities and specifically considering the crisis caused by COVID-19. The encouragement of major investment in youth in agriculture was the main goal of this project, which also aimed at supporting the implementation of youth employment initiatives. It served as a resource-matching tool that contributed directly to countries’ youth programmes, helping to reach potential investment partners, financial institutions, private sector and civil society.
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    Expanding Youth Employment Opportunities along Aquaculture and Cassava Value Chains in West Africa - GCP/RAF/254/MUL 2020
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    Youth unemployment and underemployment are growing concerns in West Africa with wider implications for socio-economic growth, peace and stability in the region. As such, the creation and promotion of sustainable employment options for young rural men and women remains a prominent feature on the development agenda. Prior to the project, it had been estimated that half of Africa’s population was under 25 years of age and that 11 million young Africans were expected to join the labour market each year. Fittingly, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union declared 2009–2018 as the Decade on Youth Development in Africa, which encouraged countries to pursue policy initiatives that support job creation for the youth. Notably, in the short-to-medium term, agricultural-related activities had been identified as the most immediate means of generating income for large numbers of young people in Africa. Moreover, there is evidence to suggest that in countries where governments place high value on agriculture, young people are more inclined to view the sector as a positive option for their future. The project was therefore designed to promote agribusiness employment opportunities along.
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    Promoting Decent Rural Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Benin, Cameroon, Malawi and Niger - GCP/RAF/494/MUL 2021
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    Africa may not reach its transformation goals, as defined in Agenda 2063, without fully harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth. While youth currently constitutes approximately 40 percent of the working age population, over 60 percent are unemployed. Although Africa has policies and programmes to tackle unemployment among rural youth, the different policies at both continental and national levels do not adequately address the challenges in a holistic and coherent manner. Rural youth need customized training models and curricula, given that most of them have not had the opportunity to obtain quality education and training. Policy interventions are also required to create opportunities for them. Against this background, the project aimed to create job opportunities for rural youth in agricultural value chains, and to support and facilitate preferential entry and participation for young women and men in gainful and attractive agribusiness opportunities. The project focused on four countries: Benin, Cameroon, Malawi and Niger.

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