Sub-Saharan Africa has the world's youngest population and is home to over 200 million young people. Two out of three inhabitants are under 25 years of age and 44% of its population is under the age of 15. 70% of the youth resides in rural areas and employed African youth work primarily in the agricultural sector, where they account for 65% of the workforce. Young African men and women are critical to the development of agriculture in Africa and for efforts to ensure food security. They are the future farmers, future policy makers, future leaders, future researchers and future drivers of Africa's social and economic development!
“The energy of youth can spark economies … The future belongs to them and they have a clear vision of the world we need to build together: peace, the preservation of our beautiful planet, the opportunity to make a better life.” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Did you know?
- In Africa 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24 years, comprising more than 20% of the population
- On average 74% of the youth population in Africa lives on less than US$2 per day lacking the resources and skills to be competitive
FANRPAN has identified the youth as a special stakeholder group that is to be nurtured and systematically engaged in developing Africa's agriculture sector. FANRPAN's work on youth and agriculture aims to engage youth in the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme processes, help them collect evidence and case studies as well as help them contribute to future policies across Africa. FANRPAN will be conducting country case studies on current and emerging youth policies and initiatives with a special focus on links to agriculture. The project will identify spaces and opportunities for developing national ‘youth and agriculture policies' within agricultural policies and make appropriate policy recommendations. Focus countries for 2013 are Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zambia.
Youth Success Stories
The Shambani Graduate Enterprise received the FANRPAN Youth in Agriculture Award for 2012. The enterprise is a milk processing enterprise co-owned by three Sokoine University graduates.