Youth Opportunities in Rural Areas

Agribusinesses will be key to creating a more profitable and sustainable agri-food sector for youths with the right skills. © GIZ Klous Wohlmann

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a youth population bulge. To absorb the employment requirements and transform rural areas and the agriculture sector, there is a need to provide young people with agribusiness and digital opportunities.

The world is facing a major shift in demographics. By 2050, Africa will be home to a billion young people. With so many youth concentrated in Africa, countries have the advantage of large working-age populations, which provides the potential to capitalise on the ‘demographic dividend’ for economic growth. However, if these young people have no prospects for the future, long-term social harmony could be jeopardised and youths may look for economic opportunities elsewhere in big cities, in other neighbouring countries or even on other continents.

“We must turn rural areas from zones of poverty to zones of productivity,” said Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank at the recent G20 ‘One World – No Hunger’ conference held on 26-27 April 2017. The event focused on youth employment in rural areas and presented the Berlin Charter, which outlines the investments and priorities needed to deliver a prosperous future for young people.

Whilst addressing youth unemployment is a significant development challenge for all sectors, it also represents an opportunity for driving new agriculture and agribusiness enterprises, as well as rural transformation. “Youths are the present and future of Africa. Let’s enable their entrepreneurship,” Adesina added.

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