Host: MasterCard Foundation
Focus: Finding practical solutions for youth employment and entrepreneurship within the agricultural sector.

I t 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.
The continent currently has the largest youth population in Africa’s history. It is home to more than 600 million young people under the age of 25.

However, the majority of youth (
) are unemployed or underemployed.

The Summit will illustrate that agriculture is an economic activity in which young people can earn a sustainable livelihood rather than just a subsistence income. Enhancing the productivity of agriculture through improved inputs, livestock vaccinations, the use of processing or refrigeration technology and access to market pricing information is also important for increased income generation.

We encourage you to join the conversation by following us on Twitter and using the #yaw2015 hashtag.
It is important also that we bring youth voices to the forefront. Follow #youthvoice along with #yaw2015 and stay tuned for dynamic voices of African youth who are working in agriculture and attending the Summit here.