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Concept note - Consultation on youth engagement in agricultural value chains








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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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    Policy brief
    Youth employment through agribusiness and value chain development 2022
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    This policy brief is intended to sensitize Government decision makers and development partners, youth organizations and other stakeholders about the opportunities offered by applying a value chain approach that focuses on youth. Youth unemployment rates are on the rise, especially in rural Africa. Creating more and better jobs for the increasing youth population is an urgent priority to reduce unemployment rates and maintain political and social stability. Investments in the development of sustainable agricultural value chains offer immense opportunities for youth in rural and urban areas. This policy brief provides a rational for placing youth in the centre of the analysis and makes reference to detailed guidelines that explain how to consider the situation of youth when conducting a value chain analysis in the agriculture sector.
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    Youth centered value chain analysis
    The cases of Siaya and Kakamega counties in Kenya 
    2023
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    This youth-sensitive value chain assessment aims to assess the current engagement of youth in selected value chains in the Kenyan counties of Siaya and Kakamega, as well as the specific challenges that youth face and the opportunities that could be tapped into for the generation of more and better jobs. The specific value chains analysed are dairy, fish, poultry, and soya in Kakamega and avocado, fish, poultry, and mango in Siaya.

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