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Current and emerging youth policies and initiatives with links to agriculture
The Case of Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe
June 2012


At the FANRPAN Regional Multi-stakeholder Food Security Policy Dialogue meeting in September 2011, stakeholders re-affirmed that there are numerous opportunities for youth engagement in agriculture policy development and entrepreneurship activities. During the meeting, stakeholders pledged to strengthen and involve their countries’ youth in public policy formulation as well as to have a Plan of Action with implementable strategic plans and financial resources. As the current situation on the same issue is not known, the stakeholders called for baseline data on what policy and initiatives are currently in place on youth engagement in agriculture policy development and entrepreneurship activities in member countries’ agricultural sector. Six case study reports were produced from sampled FANPRAN member states, namely, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and have been synthesized into this report.

With this synthesis report of the six case studies, FANRPAN is fulfilling its mandate of providing evidence-based public policy options of involvement of the youth in the formulation and implementation of the youth policy and programmes in the agricultural sector in selected countries. The report touches on four thematic areas of study; (i) current national youth and agriculture policies and initiatives, (ii) perception of youth on changing realities of agriculture, (iii) key institutions, mechanisms and tools for the engagement of youth in policy formulation and implementation processes, and (iv) investment opportunities available in the agricultural sector.

The following is a summary of the findings from each thematic area.

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