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Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth
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Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth

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  • 1. Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth? Results of anempirical study from coastal lowland Kenya K.K. Lewa and J. M. Ndungu
  • 2. ObjectivesDoes education levelinfluence careerchoice???? participation inschool farm
  • 3. Coastal KenyaYouth are•38.1% of population•60% of labour force•Most are unemployed Source: KNBS 2005
  • 4. coconuts, mango, cashew, citrus Maize, cassava, grain legumescattle, sheep, goats, poultry
  • 5. ResultsDistribution of respondents by ideal career choiceIdeal career choice Frequency PercentageBusiness 35 27.1Farming 34 26.4Medicine 17 13.2Teaching 11 8.5Artisanship 8 6.2Others 24 18.6Total 129 100
  • 6. ResultsDistribution of respondents by level of education and choiceof career Ideal career choiceLevel of education Farming % Other %None 19.5 79Primary 29.4 70.5Secondary 28.5 71.4Total 26.4 73.6
  • 7. Did secondary school have a farm? Participation in secondary school farm 100%100 90 80 Yes 70 No 60 92% 50 50% 50% 40 56% 30 44% 20 10 0 8% Farming Other Farming Other
  • 8. Conclusion and recommendations• The presence of a school farm or garden at secondary school appears to be positively associated with the selection of farming as an ideal career choice• Participation in a school farm or garden at secondary school also appears to be positively associated with the selection of farming as an ideal career choice• Make agriculture a core course in school curriculum• Revamp 4K, Young Farmers Clubs in schools• Pro-agriculture career counselling
  • 9. Acknowledgements• FAC/IDS-UK for funding the study• Director KARI for providing support & enabling environment• Staff: Administration, Ministries of Youth Affairs, Agriculture, Livestock, Social Services• Youth for providing valuable information

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