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 presentation: Africa’s evolving employment trends: Implications for youth livelihoods in the agrifood system, Yeboah and Jayne 2016
Photo: School kids in Kenya (credit: Thomas Jayne)
VIDEO: By 2050, it is estimated that 864 million people in Africa will live in cities, and 10 million young people will join the labor market every year. What implications? Can the agrifood sector development be the solution?
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.
The US’s incoming administration has an historic opportunity to extend America’s global leadership by promoting the economic transformations underway in Africa.
F. Kwame Yeboah, T.S. Jayne, Milu Muyanga, Ayala Wineman, Lulama Traub. Presentation at the First Evidence to Action Conference for West Africa. University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana July 25-‐26, 2017
F. Kwame Yeboah and Thomas S. Jayne. First Evidence to Action Conference for West Africa. University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. July 25–26, 2017
Research Paper 60. Ayala Wineman and Thomas S. Jayne. July 2017