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Food economy employment potential and challenges


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Presentation made by Philipp Heinrigs (SWAC/OECD) at the meeting of the Strategy and Policy Group (SPG) of the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) on 16 June 2017.

Présentation par Philipp Heinrigs (CSAO/OCDE) à la réunion du Groupe d'orientation politique (GOP) du Club du Sahel et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CSAO), le 16 juin 2017.

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Food economy employment potential and challenges

  1. 1. FOOD ECONOMY EMPLOYMENT POTENTIAL AND CHALLENGES Paris, 16 June 2017 Philipp Heinrigs Senior Economist, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat
  2. 2. Situation, trends and drivers Population growth, urbanisation and income growth will continue to drive changes in the size and structure of food economy.
  3. 3. The importance of food economy employment Most jobs in the region are in the food economy. Higher share of food economy jobs in rural areas, but signs of diversification. Food economy also important in urban areas.
  4. 4. The changing business of food The growing importance of non-ag. activities NigeriaNiger
  5. 5. Diversifying rural economies Emerging off-farm opportunities in rural areas
  6. 6. Women specific activities Women overrepresented in post-harvest activities, while youth underrepresented.
  7. 7. Where are the jobs? How to promote access to jobs? Next step – territorial analysis Size of urban food economy (USD billion)
  8. 8. Next step - food flows Better policies depend on better understanding the geography of food and urban-rural linkages.
  9. 9. High food prices in West Africa
  10. 10. Next step – the regional dynamics Regional food market integration: opportunities and constraints
  11. 11. Developing the (food) economy Jeune Afrique, Business Barometer, May 2017 The private sector view on African growth.
  12. 12. Merci Thank you