Does education influence choice of  agriculture as a livelihood career   among the youth? Results of anempirical study fro...
ObjectivesDoes education levelinfluence careerchoice???? participation inschool farm
Coastal KenyaYouth are•38.1% of population•60% of labour force•Most are unemployed                       Source: KNBS 2005
coconuts, mango, cashew, citrus                                  Maize, cassava, grain legumescattle, sheep, goats, poultry
ResultsDistribution of respondents by ideal career choiceIdeal career choice     Frequency      PercentageBusiness        ...
ResultsDistribution of respondents by level of education and choiceof career                                Ideal career c...
Did secondary school have a      farm?                                 Participation in secondary                         ...
Conclusion and recommendations• The presence of a school farm or garden at secondary  school appears to be positively asso...
Acknowledgements• FAC/IDS-UK for funding the study• Director KARI for providing support & enabling  environment• Staff: Ad...
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Lewa Does education influence choice of agriculture as a livelihood career among the youth

  1. 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. 2. ObjectivesDoes education levelinfluence careerchoice???? participation inschool farm
  3. 3. Coastal KenyaYouth are•38.1% of population•60% of labour force•Most are unemployed Source: KNBS 2005
  4. 4. coconuts, mango, cashew, citrus Maize, cassava, grain legumescattle, sheep, goats, poultry
  5. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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