Edson Mpyisi, Coordinator of Enable Youth Programme at African Development Bank says Africa should involve its youth in its agriculture sector.
Agriculture, Business, Development

Agriculture Could Solve Africa’s Youth Unemployment Problem

By Irene Gaitirira
Published November 23, 2017

Utoni Nujoma, Minister of Land Reform in Namibia says agriculture sector offers more opportunities for youth in Africa.Only three-out-of-11 young people entering the job market in Africa every year end up in formal jobs in a continent whose youthful population (15-35 years) is estimated to number 420 million.

But did you know that agribusiness could provide a remedy to the problem of youth employment across Africa where 11 million young people entering the job market annually and only a small number–three million–secure gainful employment?

That is what Edson Mpyisi, Coordinator of Enable Youth Programme at African Development Bank, told participants attending a Ministerial Dialogue of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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Saying “Agriculture on the continent is expected to be a US$1 trillion value business by 2030,” Mpyisi said Africa cannot afford to leave the youth out “whichever sector you are working in, whatever policies and strategies you have.”

Edson Mpyisi, Coordinator of Enable Youth Programme at African Development Banksays agriculture in Africa is expected to be a US$1 trillion value business by 2030 the youth should not be left out.Utoni Nujoma, Minister of Land Reform in Namibia, concurred: “The agriculture sector offers more opportunities for youth.”

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Nujoma called for youth to be empowered through opportunities to engage in agribusiness enterprises, calling the private sector to enhance skills development, training and mentorship of youth on the continent.

Edson Mpyisi, Coordinator of Enable Youth Programme at African Development Bank says Africa should involve its youth in its agriculture sector.“It is therefore important our National Land policies address the issue of land governance so that the youth get gainful employment in agriculture sector and other related sectors, ” said Richard Oput of Uganda’s Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

The ministerial dialogue session of the conference concurred that African youth could change agriculture into agribusiness, a significant sector for Africa’s future employment creation.

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