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Jobs for Youth in Africa to create 25 million jobs, generate $30 billion profits – Rwanda inspirer

Jobs for Youth in Africa to create 25 million jobs, generate $30 billion profits – Rwanda inspirer | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
By The Inspirer staff The Africa Development Bank (AfDB)’s Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA) strategy has an objective to create 25 million jobs and train 32 million young people, impacting 50 million Africans over the next decade. The initiative, the Bank says, hopes to generate $30 billion in income gains for the African economy. To successfully implement the JfYA programme, AfDB reveals, $5 billion in resources will need to be mobilised. As part of JfYA, within the agriculture, the Bank, working with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), is championing the Youth Engagement in Agribusiness through the Empowering Novel Agribusiness-Led Employment for Youth in African Agriculture (ENABLE Youth) Programme. An estimated $1 billion is projected to be used to support enterprise and job creation for youths and women in at least 25 African countries under the strtegy. The target of the program is to create about 8 million agribusiness jobs in the next 5 years. The strategy is designed to increase direct and indirect employment, resulting in reduced poverty, inequality, and economic and conflict driven migration, and increased social cohesion and political stability. “We aim to create vocational and employment schemes for the youth – so that they do not undertake the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe – through such schemes as the ‘Jobs for Africa’s Youth’ Initiative,” said AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina. To achieve these goal, the strategy aims to increase inclusive employment and entrepreneurship, strengthen human capital, and create durable labor market linkages by making use of three strategic levers: Innovation, Investment, and Integration. Through Innovation, the Bank will create new flagship programs in agriculture, industrialization and ICT as well as an innovation lab that will test, assess, and scale promising solutions to accelerate job creation in Africa. Through Investment, the Bank will undertake interventions to catalyze private sector investment by expanding access to capital through direct and indirect debt and equity investments and reducing risks by providing guarantees and first-loss provisions for banks’ lending to SMEs, especially those owned or managed by youth. By integration, the Bank will equip itself and regional member countries (RMCs) to become engines for job creation. Bank projects, staff, and systems will be reoriented to address youth employment and the Bank will provide financial support to enable RMCs to pursue policies and regulatory actions favorable to youth employment and entrepreneurship.   39 total views, 39 views today
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Become an African Union Youth Volunteer Corps

Become an African Union Youth Volunteer Corps | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
African Union Youth Volunteer Corps … a wind of change!AU-YVC is a continental development program that recruits and works with youth volunteers, to work in all 54 countries across …...
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The tech fix that won’t secure food supplies

The tech fix that won’t secure food supplies | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
How can small farmers avoid getting ‘locked in’ by technology? Anita Makri reports from Bellagio.
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Q&A: How to make agriculture a viable business

Q&A: How to make agriculture a viable business | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Jennifer Blake on how the African Development Bank plans to help boost agriculture on the continent.
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FAO supports entrepreneurship amongst rural youth in Honduras | FAO

FAO supports entrepreneurship amongst rural youth in Honduras | FAO | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Creating an entrepreneurial culture amongst the rural youth During the implementation of the rural component led by FAO, beneficiaries were given full responsibility for the development of entrepreneurial activities, and were supported throughout the process. First, targeted youth were guided in analyzing local market opportunities and developing business plans, while being trained in agricultural and business skills needed to launch and sustain their enterprises. Next, the prospective young agro-entrepreneurs were supported in accessing credit and seed funds to launch and grow their microenterprises. FAO and its partners worked with the beneficiaries to form youth business associations with increased emphasis on gender equality and revaluing cultural roots. “We have received training in gender, which is very important because we help each other and exchange ideas with our female colleagues in the group. We have been given all the material so that we can perform at business and community level,” explains Group Young Farmers for the Development of San Juan, Guajiquiro. The joint programme also worked with national and local stakeholders to improve the legal, policy and institutional framework for youth employment through the establishment of inter-institutional committees and regional worktables. The FAO component of the UNJP provided assistance to rural youth enterprise development, and helped ease migratory pressures. As a result, 2 180 young women and men were trained in agricultural and entrepreneurial skills, and pitched their proposed microenterprises to credit and seed capital funds. Among this group, over 1 500 youth successfully launched and continued to operate their microenterprises. Furthermore, interviews with the beneficiaries have shown that their microenterprises are sufficient to reduce their propensity to migrate, as they now consider it possible to earn decent livelihoods in the rural areas of Honduras. In order to support institutional development, two youth-led interregional commercialization networks were launched, which have provided support to other prospective young agro-entrepreneurs. The UNJP also successfully supported the development of the National Youth Employment Plan in conjunction with numerous public institutions and municipalities. “The leaders of the community support us with dedication, we present our ideas to them and they guide us and sometimes even help us realize them,” says the  Young President of the Group of San Juan. Looking at long-term sustainability A comprehensive exit strategy was included in the programme to better ensure its sustainability. The strategy was put in place from the beginning, and was based on two pillars. The first was an emphasis on capacity development and local ownership by empowering and developing the capacities of local institutions. This was accomplished by gradually transferring responsibility for programme implementation to the targeted municipalities, as well as other local institutions such as the Youth Leaders Network. The second pillar was that the programme generated interinstitutional worktables for dialogue, bringing together representatives from the national government, municipalities and civil society. It created a forum in which key stakeholders could monitor and discuss the progress of the programme in the framework of an institutionalized and inter-organizational relationship that could help support the programme’s continuity, while at the same time acting as a built in mechanism to support the mobilization of funds needed to finance project activities. A successful model that can be scaled up This approach provides multi-faceted support to address the challenges that youth face in launching enterprises (access to skills, credit, inputs, and markets) – constraints that are universal in nature. Strong emphasis is placed on involving youth in the selection of products and planning of activities. This increases the local ownership of the initiative and ensures that specific activities are designed in accordance with local needs. The success of this programme determined several other municipalities in Honduras to express interest in implementing similar initiatives.
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Empowering youth to engage in the agricultural sector is key to stimulate economic growth in SADC |FAO Capacity Development|FAO 

Empowering youth to engage in the agricultural sector is key to stimulate economic growth in SADC |FAO Capacity Development|FAO  | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Action is needed to enhance agricultural investments by and with young agri-entrepreneurs. Empowering youth to engage in the agricultural sector is vital to creating livelihood opportunities, achieve food security and stimulate economic growth in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)...
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Agriculture Remains Key to Somalia's Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction

Agriculture Remains Key to Somalia's Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
MOGADISHU, March 28, 2018—The World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released today a new joint report titled, Rebuilding Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Somalia, outli…
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Call for Papers: African Union Commission (AUC) 6th Congress of African Economists (Fully-funded)

Call for Papers: African Union Commission (AUC) 6th Congress of African Economists (Fully-funded) | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
African economists, residents of the mainland and those of the Diaspora are invited to submit their articles on the theme with an interest in finding optimal solutions to the economic problems of Africa. Date and location will be announced in due course.
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Blending finance can accelerate african agribusiness - THE AFRICA CEO FORUM 2018 | The Forum for African business leaders

Blending finance can accelerate african agribusiness - THE AFRICA CEO FORUM 2018 | The Forum for African business leaders | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
By Yana Kakar, Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Advisors. As head of the firm, Yana oversees activities across Dalberg’s 20 offices worldwide. With
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Creating opportunities for young women through youth employment programs

Creating opportunities for young women through youth employment programs | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Innovative programs can respond to gender disparities in youth employment. Photo: Dominic Chavez/ World Bank. The disadvantages young women face in the labor market and in entrepreneurship in developing countries are not only substantial and complex, but they quickly compound. A plethora of forces drive gender disparities in youth employment: lack of opportunities to develop the skills demanded by the labor market, family or social pressure dissuading them from entering desirable jobs or male-dominated sectors, a detrimental work environment, or a lack of available services such as childcare might make achieving success an uphill battle. Yet innovative youth employment programs can respond to gender issues. Below are three examples presented in a recent virtual workshop held by the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) coalition with members of its Impact Portfolio community.
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Agriculture Fast Track Fund to launch 12 new projects in support of agribusiness SMEs in six African countries

The African Development Bank will launch 12 new projects funded by the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) on March 27-29, 2018 to support agribusiness SMEs in Ghana and five other countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique and Nigeria
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How one province in Pakistan is looking to digital jobs for its youth

How one province in Pakistan is looking to digital jobs for its youth | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Hamza Khan is a trainee website developer that has benefitted from KP'sYouth Employment Program Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, or KP, has not always been recognized as a digital economy. Sharing a border with Afghanistan, the province experienced a period of instability and militancy over several decades that saw outmigration and the decline of private industries. Since then, the province has shown rapid economic growth, advancements in security, improvements in basic health and education, and a renewed sense of optimism. Today, around half of the province’s population of 30.5 million is under the age of 30, necessitating rapid growth and job creation. In 2014, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa partnered with the World Bank to develop a strategy for job creation centered on leveraging the digital economy to address youth unemployment. “Digital KP”, that outlines a program on digital development that promotes youth inclusion and job creation. [[tweetable]]Fast forward to 2018, and the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has launched a comprehensive digital strategy, called “Digital KP”, that outlines a program on digital development, with a core objective to promote youth inclusion in the digital economy. Within this broader digital strategy is a strong focus on promoting job creation for youth.[[/tweetable]] Addressing youth employment through the digital economy has three key building blocks:
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How to turn yourself into a smart agricultural businessman

How to turn yourself into a smart agricultural businessman | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
1. Identify yourself as a small businessperson, not a farmer. A farmer grows fruits, vegetables, and grains and tends cattle, goats, chickens, and bees with a short-term sales outlook. A businessperson is someone who understands …
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Using agriculture and agribusiness to bring about industrialisation in Africa | News & Analysis

Using agriculture and agribusiness to bring about industrialisation in Africa | News & Analysis | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth,...
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EU forum engages youth around entrepreneurship, volunteerism | Loop News

EU forum engages youth around entrepreneurship, volunteerism | Loop News | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurship, volunteerism and Internship were the ongoing themes as youth from several volatile communities shared their vision for the Jamaica they want to live in...
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Applications open for GrowthAfrica accelerator programme

Applications open for GrowthAfrica accelerator programme | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Startups from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Ethiopia can apply for the GrowthAfrica accelerator, which helps startups scale and become investment ready.
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3 Stages of ICT4D Solution Maturity: From Pilots to Professionalization in Mobile Data Collection Systems

3 Stages of ICT4D Solution Maturity: From Pilots to Professionalization in Mobile Data Collection Systems | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
As digital data collection technology has matured in international development, the same stakeholders have been involved – but the market structure has changed their relative power and influence over time, changing the cost and nature of the technology itself for donors, implementing partners, governments, and citizens
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3 Stages of ICT4D Solution Maturity: From Pilots to Professionalization in Mobile Data Collection Systems

3 Stages of ICT4D Solution Maturity: From Pilots to Professionalization in Mobile Data Collection Systems | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
As digital data collection technology has matured in international development, the same stakeholders have been involved – but the market structure has changed their relative power and influence over time, changing the cost and nature of the technology itself for donors, implementing partners, governments, and citizens
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Mushroom producer a role model for jobless

Mushroom producer a role model for jobless | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
TheTribune: NURPUR: Sunil Dutt, a young entrepreneur who originally hails from remote Langna village in Mandi district, has become a role model for the educated unemployed youth in Kangra district by running a mushroom farm at Anuhi village in Nagrota Surian development block.
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 Mentorship Programs Key to Attract Youth Into Agric –

 Mentorship Programs Key to Attract Youth Into Agric – | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
The Chief Executive Officer of Growshort International, Mr. Moses Baffour Awuah has called on the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG), and other key players in the agricultural sector to organize periodic mentorship programs to encourage and attract the youth into agriculture to create employment opportunities.

Mr. Moses Baffour Awuah who spoke in an interview with Rite news’ Austin Ofori Addo said the country’s youth always looked up to successful people for motivation and therefore urged them to avail themselves to the youth for such opportunities.

“The youth always look up to those who have made it in life and aims at being like them and so the award winners making themselves available and close to the youth will enthuse them to venture or adhere to the call that the youth should go into agriculture,” he opined.

The Chief Executive Officer of Growshort International was confident that the agric sector has the potential to employ more than it currently does if the proposed mentorship programmes were invested in the sector.

“The agriculture sector which is already employing over 50% of the Ghanaian population can employ more youth if such mentorship programs are carried out to enlighten them on the business and other opportunities in the agriculture value chain.

“There are a lot of people who can take this mantle upon themselves to spread the good news to the youth like the 2009 national best farmer, Mr. Davis Narh Koboe who is the chairman of the award winners and all the other award winners in the country,” he pushed further.

To him, the role of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture as the policy implementation body for the agric sector provides it with a vital role to play to ensure that the message and the sensitization go down well to the youth because many do not see the sector as lucrative and attractive enough due to the perceived notion that agriculture is the job for the poor and illiterate.

Though he commended the planting for food and job policy for its objectives of providing the required jobs for young people, he was however skeptical about the policy achieving its goals as there is “nothing” new in the policy, adding that the proposed mentorship was the way to go.

“Though the planting for food and jobs is a good program, it will not meet the targeted people who are the youth because there is nothing in the policy to attract them,” he said. “The only way out is the mentorship and sensitization program and the other stakeholders should also educate the youth about how they can also venture into value addition which is another component of the sector.”

Mr. Moses Baffour Awuah thus called on the media which is an important tool on which the youth can fall, to propagate their message, create the awareness and entice them to go into agriculture especially because most of the country’s young people in the sector are above 50 years and so there is the need for fresh blood to boost crop production both for export and local consumption to enhance food security.

By: Austin Ofori Addo/ritefmonline.org/austinofri.addo@gmail.com
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Jumia Food Kenya launches New App to Better User Experience

Jumia Food Kenya launches New App to Better User Experience | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Art & Lifestyle web-blog with an African-America spice. Lifestyle Uganda was founded in 2017 and it covers the intersection of; Uganda entertainment news plus Uganda Fashion
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WSIS Forum Highlights Critical Role of Information Technologies in Advancing SDGs | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

WSIS Forum Highlights Critical Role of Information Technologies in Advancing SDGs | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Digital Identity for Smallholder Farmers: Insights from Sri Lanka

Digital Identity for Smallholder Farmers: Insights from Sri Lanka | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, more than 3 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – live in rural areas, and roughly 2.5 billion people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Supporting smallholder farmers …
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East African dairy farmers earning more from market linkages to milk processors

East African dairy farmers earning more from market linkages to milk processors | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
Researchers from ILRI studied the farm impacts of different types of linkages between smallholder dairy farmers and large processors through dairy hubs.
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Women Farmers In Africa Fight Impact Of Climate Change – Analysis –

Women Farmers In Africa Fight Impact Of Climate Change – Analysis – | Agriculture, Youth and ICTs | Scoop.it
By Ronald Joshua Fatou Dembele is a farmer in landlocked Mali, where half of the population engaged in agriculture are women. Agriculture is a key sector to lift women out of poverty. But the incre…
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