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Regional Agrinvest: Supporting Jobs for Youth through Private Investment in Agricultural Value Chains in Angola, Eswatini and Zimbabwe - TCP/SFS/3705








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    Agrinvest Zimbabwe: Supporting Jobs for Youth through Private Investment in Agricultural Value Chains - TCP/ZIM/3702 2022
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    The bedrock of Zimbabwe’s economy is its agricultural sector, which also employs around 70 percent of the population Zimbabwe is a youthful country, with approximately 67 7 percent of the total population under the age of 35 Considering the high unemployment levels, in particular of youth, the Government of Zimbabwe places the development of the country’s agrifood system at the heart of any strategy aiming to deliver employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people in both rural and urban areas Development finance institutions ( and donors are increasingly aware that in order to achieve the SDGs, the amount of Official Development Assistance ( provided is well below the total funding needed To fill this financial gap, DFIs and donors have started to use ( ODA funds, to create blended financial instruments, which incentivize the mobilization of private investment in agriculture Investment opportunities exist along the value chains however, the promotion of sustainable private investment in priority agrifood sectors, as well as inputs and services sectors associated with them, need to embrace a two pronged approach This involves i providing support for developing bankable investment projects that can contribute to a higher competitiveness of priority agrifood subsectors and ii) supporting innovative approaches to reduce the main risk elements in creating an enabling environment associated with these investments Against this background, the project aimed to implement the AgrInvest concept (a blended FAO finance initiative that uses public funding to attract sustainable private investments in the agrifood sector), to facilitate improvements in the enabling environment by tackling the risks associated with agricultural investment, such as inconsistent and unpredictable agricultural and/or subsector policies, or the existence of legislative, regulatory or other institutional bottlenecks.
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    Support to Domesticating the SADC [Southern Africa Development Community] Regional Agriculture Investment Plan (RAIP) and Regional Agricultural Development Fund by Member States (Eswatini, Namibia and Zimbabwe) - TCP/SFS/3704 2022
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    In the Southern Africa Development Community, agriculture provides livelihoods for a majority of the region’s population It is central to poverty reduction, economic growth and food and nutrition security As such, in 2014 SADC Member States approved the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy ( which defined common objectives and measures to guide, promote and support national and regional actions to contribute to the achievement of the common agenda, as well as regional integration The RAP foresees a Regional Agricultural Investment Plan ( for each phase of the implementation plan However, institutions in the Member States face challenges with respect to the integration of regional protocols in their national systems The success of the RAIP depends on the uptake of various measures, support is needed to create the necessary institutional mechanisms for its implementation As such, FAO was requested to provide support on the customization of the RAIP and the SADC Regional Agriculture Development Fund ( in Eswatini Namibia and Zimbabwe The aim of the project was to facilitate the domestication of the RAIP, which is expected to further support increased private investment in the agriculture and food sectors, as well as associated sectors in these three countries.
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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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