… Agriculture expected to be a US$1 trillion business by 2030
MORE than ever, African youth have to overcome a long and hard journey to enter the labour market.
Out of 11 million young people entering the job market in Africa every year, only three million end up in formal jobs, and all do not have quality jobs.
Today, about 420 million African young people are between 15 and 35 years of age.
According to Edson Mpyisi, Coordinator of Enable Youth Programme at African Development Bank, Agribusiness could provide a remedy to the problem of youth employment.
Mpyisi was speaking at Ministerial Dialogue of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa.
“Agriculture on the continent is expected to be a US$1 trillion value business by 2030. Whichever sector you are working in, whatever policies and strategies you have, you cannot leave the youth out of this,” he said.
Creating decent jobs for many of youths, who failed to get an employment several years after graduation, is now a top priority of many governments in Africa.
Utoni Nujoma, Minister of Land Reform in Namibia, said that there is an urgent need to develop clear plans and strategies that promote the participation of young people as pivotal stakeholders, actors and partners in policymaking processes and the sustainable development of their countries.
*This article is distributed by the Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO) Group, on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
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