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Partnership to Support AU’s Strategies on Social Protection, School Feeding and Rural Youth Employment - TCP/RAF/3703








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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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