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    Promoting nutrition-sensitive agricultural diversification in Eastern Africa - GCP/SFE/001/MUL 2019
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    Africa is the world’s youngest continent, with more than half of the population under25 years of age. Unleashing the capacity of young women and men to effectivelyparticipate in the modernization of the agricultural sector is imperative for enhancedresilience, improved food security and poverty reduction. Rural youth employmenthas been identified as a major national and regional priority in Eastern Africa.Aquaculture and poultry production are agricultural areas with the potential to boostnutritious food production, livelihood diversification and income generation.Sustainable, integrated and innovative practices to enhance youth entrepreneurshipwere needed, as well as supporting mechanisms to enable farmers to producenutrient-dense foods for schoolchildren, the community at large and domestic andregional markets. Against this background, the project aimed to promote greaterdiversity and intensification of the poultry and aquaculture value chains, to improvenutrition and offer better job prospects for young people in four recipient countriesin Eastern Africa: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Lessons learned and goodpractices derived from the four baby projects were shared with other countries in thesubregion: Djibouti, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia and United Republic of Tanzania.
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    Opportunities for youth in Africa
    Accelerating job creation and entrepreneurship in agriculture and agribusiness
    2020
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    Africa has the world’s youngest population, with more than 600 million people under the age of 24 and more than 750 million under the age of 35. Given the right opportunities, youth could drive inclusive economic growth across the continent. Young people account for around 35 percent of the workforce in sub-Saharan Africa and 40 percent in Northern Africa, of which about 40 percent are women. The growing youth population is challenging Africa’s ability to meet the demand for jobs, which has pushed many to migrate out of rural areas and across borders. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), therefore, have forged an initiative to facilitate and accelerate efforts to create jobs for young Africans, in particular, by supporting the development of agribusinesses and fostering agricultural entrepreneurship including through leveraging public and private investment in agriculture. The 2018 Conference on Youth Employment in Agriculture called for greater efforts to create jobs for African youth. This initiative adopts an integrated and multi-faceted approach to generating quality on- and off-farm work for young people in agriculture and agribusiness. It leverages the central role of agriculture in Africa’s development alongside the need to empower African youth to drive growth across the continent. It engages with the public and private sectors at continental, sub-regional and national level to provide young people opportunities for capacity development and access to resources, to improve stakeholder coordination and to facilitate the generation.
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    Enabling Sustainable Livelihoods through Economic Diversification in The Kono District, Sierra Leone - TCP/SIL/3702 2021
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    Transforming and modernizing the agriculture sector in Sierra Leone to ensure food self sufficiency, support job growth and increase exports was a central focus of the country’s Agenda for Prosperity 2013 2018 One strategy for achieving this objective was to bring new farming practices and technologies into rural areas of the country to increase diversification and improve nutrition Under this project, aquaculture and poultry farming were introduced in the Kono District Poultry and fish farming were chosen because they are suitable to rural areas of the country, which have ample water and land The project was designed to benefit rural dwellers, particularly women and youth, by developing their capacities and providing them with the necessary equipment to farm chickens and fish Through these efforts, the project i contributed to the expansion and diversification of agricultural activities ;;( strengthened food and nutrition security and ( created jobs and boosted livelihoods in Kono District.

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