African Youth in Agriculture

The Africa Agriculture Status Report 2015: Youth in Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa published by AGRA says:

“The impact of youth involvement and participation in agriculture and food systems will be seen in sustainable economic growth, and in the reduction of poverty and malnutrition across the continent.”

Figures and Facts

  • youth enter Africa’s labor market annually.
  • Youth is defined as people between the ages of
    (exclusive) and
  • By 2020,
    out of
    Africans will be, on average,
    years old.
  • Youth unemployment rate in sub-Saharan Africa is about
  • Only
    of youth have a ‘wage job’, while
    work on family farms and
    in household enterprises.
  • At the USD 2.00/day level, the working poverty rate was about
    in 2013.


Dr Nteranya Sanginga, Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), served on the Editorial Board of this groundbreaking report, which benefited from the lessons learned from his pioneering the IITA Youth Agripreneur (IYA) Program. The report concludes that

“The focus should thus be on tapping the dynamism and resourcefulness of youth to establish productive and pro-poor ventures, especially in agriculture, and helping them to create jobs for themselves (and others) within the agriculture value chain. Only by doing this will the potential of a brighter future for Africa be realized.”

This is exactly what Youth Agripreneurship is about.