Farming could be key to solving youth unemployment in Africa

argylesock says… I’m grateful to my fellow blogger Dr B A Usman for drawing attention to the Foundation for Young Farmers. If I find out how this connects with the African Growth Corridors and the New Alliance, I’ll let you know what I learn.

Foundation for Young Farmers

Farming on the Katine project
Farming by machete and hoe does not appeal to young Africans – or policymakers. Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian

Agriculture employs most of Africa‘s young people and is likely to continue to do so in the future. But to meet the aspirations of millions who want rewarding work, the continents’s agricultural sector will have to change markedly. Today’s farming by machete and hand hoe does not appeal to young Africans or to policymakers. Farming is not even viewed as a “job” by many young Africans, who instead reserve the term for employment that requires clean clothes and a desk. Yet for a generation of young people entering adulthood, agriculture offers the best opportunity to move out of poverty and build satisfying lives.

Markets for food are booming globally and in Africa. Recent trends in income growth, urbanisation and diet have created a sharp rise in demand for food…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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