With 62% of Africa’s population being under 25 years of age, youth employment is a recurrent issue for FSP activities. For example, early findings show that the productivity of youth labor (and rural labor in general) employed in both farming and non-farming sectors is significantly influenced by local farmland distribution patterns. Strategies that effectively improve productivity and profitability of farming are critical to expanding employment opportunities and improving youth livelihoods. Although not identified initially as a cross cutting theme, FSP is contributing to an understanding of the evolving role of youth in agriculture.
Recommended research paper:
F. Kwame Yeboah and Thomas S. Jayne. 2016. Africa’s Evolving Employment Structure. F. Kwame Yeboah and T.S. Jayne. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Paper 31. East Lansing: Michigan State University
Photo: School kids in Kenya (credit: Thomas Jayne)
Thom Jayne and Kwame Yeboah (C4), report on their research about youth in agriculture in Africa, and make recommendations.
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While agro-processing is growing rapidly in percentage terms, its share of overall employment is quite low and hence will not generate nearly as many new jobs as farming.
T.S. Jayne, Milu Muyanga, Kwame Yeboah, Jordan Chamberlin, Ayala Wineman, Ward Anseeuw, Antony Chapoto, and Nicholas Sitko, World Bank, Washington, DC, November 16, 2017
Causes, Consequences of Changing Farm Size Distributions in Africa, and Implications on Youth Empl..
Milu Muyanga, T.S. Jayne, A. Chapoto, N. Sitko, C. Nkonde, K. Yeboah, J. Chamberlin, A. Wineman, W. Anseeuw, D. Godwin. IAPRI Brown Bag, October 19, 2017
Milu Muyanga, T.S. Jayne, Kwame Yeboah, Jordan Chamberlin, Ayala Wineman, Ward Anseeuw, Antony Chapoto, Nicholas Sitko, 44 Committee on World Food Security (CFS), October 9, 2017, Rome, Italy