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Apprenticeship will attract young people to agriculture

December 5th, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Agriculture directly contributes 24 per cent of the annual Kenyan GDP and 27 per cent indirectly.
Apprenticeship would give young people a unique opportunity to earn while as they learn.
Lack of an apprenticeship policy has had adverse impacts on young people interested in agriculture.
The Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship has proposed an …

Africa needs a green revolution … and there are signs

November 12th, 2018 / The Economist, UK

Something akin to Asia’s rural development may, at last, be happening in parts of Africa. Since 2002 the proportion of African workers employed in agriculture has fallen from 66% to 57%. Yet the real value of agricultural production has grown at an average pace of 4.6% a year, double the …

Decent jobs for rural youth key to Africa’s prosperity

February 27th, 2018 / Asian Independent, UK

Africa must, in coming decades, explore the entire food chain to create adequate jobs for young people, especially in rural areas, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Thursday.
“Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities …

African agriculture needs modernisation to save $110bn by 2025 – Adesina

October 23rd, 2017 / The News, Nigeria

The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said that Africa needef to modernise and industrialise agriculture to avoid spending 110 billion dollars by 2025 on food importation.
Adesina said this in his remark at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue Symposium on making farming cool: Investing in future African farmers …

Closing the gap between the youth and agriculture in Africa

September 5th, 2017 /

Agriculture and youth are a compatible pair, particularly in the African context. As one of the continent’s most critical industries and biggest sources of income – contributing a quarter of Africa’s total GDP and employing 70 percent of the labour force. It has the remarkable potential to empower what will …

Nigeria: The National Directorate of Employment trains 400 youths on agricultural skills

August 17th, 2017 /

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in collaboration with C. Hassan Consultancy Ltd. has commenced a refresher training of 400 unemployed youths in Kaduna state on agricultural skills for gainful employment.
The training, according to the Director-General of NDE, Dr. Nasiru M. Ladan is to impart on the trainees, skills such …

African agricultural careers attract young people

April 5th, 2016 / Compton Herald, US

Growing numbers of youth are embracing African agricultural careers as jobs become harder to find in dense urban centres. queezed out of the white collar job markets in many African nation’s growing cities, more youth across the continent are looking to agriculture as a viable employment alternative and are moving …

Initiative targets job creation and decent work for young people

February 6th, 2016 / FAO, Italy

“Poverty and hunger cannot be eradicated without addressing the inadequacy of employment conditions and opportunities facing the world’s young people, especially for young women and those living in rural areas,” said Brave Ndisale, FAO Social Protection Division Deputy Director. Read …

Africa’s youth and abundant arable land are a potential winning combination

October 15th, 2015 / The Conversation

Africa’s agricultural sector has the lowest productivity in the world, contributing to food insecurity and malnutrition on the continent. But sub-Saharan Africa has two abundant resources: its youth and agricultural land. With the youngest population globally and the largest share of the world’s arable land, Africa stands to benefit greatly …

Youth are agriculture’s future

June 20th, 2015 / Mail & Guardian, South Africa

The farming sector is growing and facing major changes that increasingly require more skilled labour. Recent data from Stats SA shows that the agricultural sector was the leading job creator in the first quarter of 2015, adding 150 000 jobs. This is a significant achievement, considering the challenges within the …