Youth Innovators in Agribusiness

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The USAID-supported East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Syngenta, the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) and the Toyota Kenya Academy have launched the second edition of the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition. This follows last year’s successful competition that attracted more than 800 participants from Sub-Saharan Africa. Out of the 35 youth finalists, 10 have gone on to win other prizes in the energy and agribusiness sectors, 10 have expanded and retained their agriculture-related enterprises and 15 are employed or pursuing higher education.

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A Comprehensive Approach to Youth Livelihoods

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This blog was originally featured on The MasterCard Foundation’s website on July 29, 2015.

The MasterCard Foundation’s Youth Livelihoods program was recently featured in a special issue of Enterprise Development & Microfinance journal on children and youth “born into and growing up in poverty”. The special issue focuses on how children in poor families and settings can better be supported to make successful transitions into good livelihoods and decent work as young adults” (read the editorial).

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Agriculture as a Business for Youth in Africa

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This article was originally published in Devex as part of their #YouthWill Social Media Campaign in March 2015. Learn more about the campaign here.


 

Agriculture is the single largest source of income for rural Africans and contributes to a quarter of the continent’s GDP. The sector occupies more than 70 percent of the labor force in Africa’s low-income countries and contributes to food security and poverty reduction.

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The Road to the Young Africa Works Summit

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The Young Africa Works Summit aims to bring together a community dedicated to finding solutions to youth unemployment in Africa. One of our primary goals for the Summit is to engage young people, ensuring their voices, perspectives and ideas are heard. As part of this, we will be sharing a series of blogs written by young leaders working in the agricultural sector in Africa.


Pinpointing the beginning of my journey as a social entrepreneur is a difficult task. Many of my initiatives were reactions to situations I thought could be improved, or attempts to apply my creative energy to benefit others and myself.

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The Business Case for Youth Financial Services

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There are an estimated 1.8 billion people in the world between the ages of 15 and 24, and most of them live in developing countries. Through the work of our partners, The MasterCard Foundation has learned that young people around the world are financially active, and that they can and do save. Through these programs, more than 820,000 young people to date have accessed savings services and nearly 130,000 have borrowed for education, emergencies or small businesses.

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Agriculture, My Greatest Enemy Has Turned Out to Be My Best Friend

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The Young Africa Works Summit aims to bring together a community dedicated to finding solutions to youth unemployment in Africa. One of our primary goals for the Summit is to engage young people, ensuring their voices, perspectives and ideas are heard. As part of this, we will be sharing a series of blogs written by young leaders working in the agricultural sector in Africa.


I am Fatumah Birungi from Uganda the last born of three children in the family. I grew up with only my mother who had to provide all the necessities we needed as children. She is a very hard-working woman who is always looking forward to seeing the success of her children.

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4 Things You Should Know About NEETs

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In the article below, originally published in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Work in Progress forum, Sara Elder provides an overview of the term NEET, which refers to young people who are “not in education, employment or training”. She argues that the term NEET has “become shorthand for exclusion, marginalization, joblessness and discouragement” but wants to clear away the jargon and examine what it actually means.

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Youth Employment and Imagined Futures in Rural Africa

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The article below, originally published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), summarizes key findings of the Future Agricultures Consortium Working Paper. The paper suggests that there is an information gap “between the imagined employment futures for rural young people…in policy and development programming, and the employment futures imagined by…secondary students themselves”.

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