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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How to Be a 21st Century Farmer

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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.


There are several promising reasons why agribusiness should be considered one of the best current and future sources of employment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that the world population will grow to 9.8 billion by 2050, with more than half of this growth occurring in Africa.

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Young People’s Involvement in Agricultural Value Chain

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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 was raised in the family with a farming background. When I was very young, I noted that many smallholder farmers were poor. I always had questions. I remember I used to ask my parents, “Why is it that many farmers are poor?”

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My Inspiration for Working with Farmers

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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 a young promising agricultural scientist from Malawi and I am passionate about agriculture and youth development. I was born in a family where my parents and surrounding community were involved in and passionate about farming. This is what has motivated me to work in agriculture.

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Africa Agriculture Status Report 2015: Youth in Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Africa Agriculture Status Report 2015: Youth in Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa  launched on September 30 during the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Lusaka, Zambia. This third volume of the publication focuses on youth in agriculture, providing an in-depth analysis of barriers and challenges youth face to gaining secure and sustainable employment or self-employment in the agricultural sector. It also provides insight into opportunities, experiences, good practices and emerging innovations and concludes with forward-looking recommendations.

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Agriculture: Africa’s Solution for Youth Unemployment

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It is a critical time for Africa. With a large, growing youth population – the majority living in rural areas – and a vast amount of arable land, the world is looking to Africa’s potential for growth and prosperity.

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What We’re Learning: Economic Opportunities for Young People

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Today we are releasing Youth at Work: Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa – a review of our skills training projects for young people in Sub-Saharan Africa. When we began this process with the support of E.T. Jackson and Associates, we saw an opportunity to review the factors that have contributed to the results of our projects, what lessons we’ve learned – and what opportunities exist for deepening and strengthening programs to better meet young people’s needs.

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