ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
Definitions of Youth
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
FAO 28th
Regional Conference for Africa
24 – 28 March 2014, Tuni...
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
Outline
•Introduction and Context
•Challenges and Potential
•FAO...
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
Context: Is Africa’s situation Unique?
19.4
11 Million
Young Afr...
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
Context: A Window of Opportunity
Agriculture is a key source of ...
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
Challenges & Options: Can we afford to continue
the “youth not i...
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
Challenges & Options: Which Approach?
 Youth employment need to...
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
FAO’s Comparative Advantage
 Youth capacity development
(techni...
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
Junior Farmer Field and Life
Schools (JFFLS) interventions
in 15...
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
In partnership with development partners, Governments must:
Acc...
ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development
Let's Invest in our young people!
THANK YOU!
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  • Between 2000 – 2012: 4.5% a year compared to 2% in the prior 20 years
  • By 2030, average life expectancy in Africa is projected to reach 64 years, compared to 57 years in 2010 (Graph 4
  • FAO 28th Regional Conference for Africa - African youth in agriculture

    1. 1. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development Definitions of Youth
    2. 2. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development FAO 28th Regional Conference for Africa 24 – 28 March 2014, Tunis (Tunisia) AFRICAN YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
    3. 3. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development Outline •Introduction and Context •Challenges and Potential •FAO’s Comparative Advantage •Key Matters to be brought to the Attention of the Conference
    4. 4. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development Context: Is Africa’s situation Unique? 19.4 11 Million Young African’s will join the labour market each year for the next 10 yearsSource: World Bank: 2014 Rural Youth Source: UNDESA, World Population Prospects 2012
    5. 5. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development Context: A Window of Opportunity Agriculture is a key source of employment creationAgriculture is a key source of employment creation Rural poverty, and slow agricultural growth persists Source: World Bank 2014 ECONOMIC GROWTH YOUTHFUL POPULATION  Inadequate formal job creation: Over 80% work in the informal sector Source: MDG Report 2013 & UN-HABITAT 2012  Progress, but not sufficient: In 2010, 48% of population lived on less than $1.25 day  Urban Poverty: 60% of SSA ‘s urban population live in slums conditions Not AttractiveAgriculture GROWING AGRICULTURE SECTOR Slow Economic Transformation: 50 – 70% still depend on Agriculture
    6. 6. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development Challenges & Options: Can we afford to continue the “youth not interested” narrative? 65% : below 35 years Ageing Farming Population WHO? We are NOT moving away from other priorities (smallholders, women) but ADAPT to the WHO! Life Expectancy at Birth Employment Challenge Threat to Agricultural and Rural Development Productive and Profitable Agriculture -------> Youth Enhancing agricultural productivity Education  Agri-Business Opportunities US$1 Trillion Food market by 2030 Source: World Bank 2014 Private Sector  Investments, Synergies Investment in Youth Capacity, Access to Productive Resources etc “youth not interested”
    7. 7. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development Challenges & Options: Which Approach?  Youth employment need to be mainstreamed into the overall agricultural and rural development policies, strategies and programmes
    8. 8. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development FAO’s Comparative Advantage  Youth capacity development (technical, advocacy, and entrepreneurial skills) – Junior Farmer Field and Life School JFFLS  Inclusive Agribusiness, value chain development.  International policy dialogues and partnerships on investments in agriculture sector  Technical Assistance on developing Youth Employment in Agriculture Policies and Programmes  Knowledge generation and cross-country experience sharing
    9. 9. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS) interventions in 15 African countries FAO’s Comparative Advantage: Examples
    10. 10. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development In partnership with development partners, Governments must: Accelerate implementation of Maputo Declaration. Improve the business climate for private sector and foster public-private partnerships (PPP’s) to provide opportunities for bringing together large and small actors and capture synergies with small producers and processors, especially women and youth Mainstream Youth Employment into the overall agricultural and rural development policies, strategies and programmes. Dedicate investments for youth employment within agricultural and rural development programmes (youth agro-SME’s, access to productive resources, in particular finance and land, youth entrepreneurship and capacity, youth participation in PO’s, FBO’s etc) Matters for Attention of the Conference:
    11. 11. ARC-28 African Youth In Agriculture and Rural Development Let's Invest in our young people! THANK YOU!

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