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Mercredi 02 Septembre 2015 08:17

Report: Youth at Work

The MasterCard Foundation has just launched a new publication entitled "Youth at work: Building economic opportunities for young people in Africa".

This publication is a review of the Foundation's skills training projects for young people in Africa.

On estime que l'humanité pourrait atteindre 9 milliards de personnes vers 2050 avec un pourcentage de jeunes (15-24 ans) d'environ 14 pourcent de ce total. Alors que la population de jeunes tend à s'accroître, leurs opportunités d'emploi et de création d'entreprises restent limitées, mal payées et de mauvaise qualité. Cela est particulièrement vrai dans les pays en voie de développement pour les jeunes vivant dans des zones rurales à faible développement économique. Six principaux enjeux ont été identifiés au cours de ce projet : l'accès insuffisant des jeunes au savoir, à l'éducation et à l'information ; l'accès restreint des jeunes à la terre ; accès insuffisant aux services financiers ; difficulté à accéder aux métiers de l’environnement ; accès restreint des jeunes aux marchés ; faible engagement des jeunes dans les débats politiques.

This booklet takes a look at the life stories of 12 remarkable African agricultural scientists who are making a difference on the continent and internationally. Ten of them are the women and young researchers who were winners of the 3rd Africa wide science competitions. They are motivated to be part of the solution, and not the problem. Indeed, as researchers they are helping to transform agriculture by developing science-based solutions to some of the complex issues facing African farmers. Their journeys to becoming agricultural scientists are strikingly similar: most of them come from smallholder farms, and their flair for science was spotted and nurtured by their secondary school teachers.

To download the publication: check here knowledge.cta.int - Version française disponible

70% of our global food requirement comes from the 500 million family farms around the world (FAO, 2014). And yet, family farming is often associated with poverty as these farms usually operate on small scales (mainly for subsistence) and generate low revenues. Thus, it is not a surprise that youth are not attracted to family farming.

Over 63 percent of the total population in Sub-Saharan Africa live in rural areas where agriculture remains the single largest source of employment and income. The transformation of subsistence agriculture and embarking on an agribusiness development path will drive economic growth, while providing increased employment opportunities and enhanced livelihoods for people living in poverty. Some field-based practical experiences and lessons now show promise for improving the employment opportunities of young people through agribusiness. From the point of view of farmers, producers and other actors in the value chain, there are opportunities to build agribusinesses through skills and training, technology and finance in order to improve productivity and add value to products.

From 16th April to 7th May 2014, the Technical Centre or Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the African Youth Foundation (AYF) organised an e-debate on “Enhancing Young Women’s engagement in ICT and Agriculture” to celebrate the International Girls in ICT Day.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are emerging as increasingly valuable business tools for women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Making sure that women entrepreneurs are equipped to make productive use of such technologies is important from the perspective of achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3 on Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women and MDG 8 on a Global Partnership for Development to make available the benefits of ICTs.

Jeudi 10 Avril 2014 10:37

CTA’s Youth Strategy 2013 – 2017

CTA has been supporting and promoting youth engagement in agriculture for more than 15 years. However, this Strategy is the first attempt to bring CTA’s efforts into a comprehensive policy aligned with the three goals of the Centre’s Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

book cover ardyis The new booklet published by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA ACP-EU) features 20 young people and three organizations, that have been involved in the CTA youth project called ARDYIS (Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society).

In addition to portraying authors and highlighting their perspectives on youth involvement in agriculture using ICTs, the document presents summaries of best essays submitted for the contest «Youth finding solutions to challenges in agriculture and rural development using ICTs!», organised in 2010; it also presents the results of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) completed in 2012.

Vendredi 13 Mai 2011 10:16

African Youth Report 2011

African Youth Report 2011

The enormous benefits young people can contribute are realized when investment is made in young people’s education, employment, health care, empowerment and effective civil participation. Several initiatives on youth education and employment have been undertaken in Africa, but these need to be deepened in order to exploit the full potential of young people in contributing to poverty reduction and sustainable development.

The report seeks to promote new and deeper knowledge of the potential of African young people and the broad conditions that have an influence on this potential. It acknowledges the predicament of African young people today, noting that they share visions and aspirations that are seemingly beyond their reach, yet are essential elements of today’s societies and the future which awaits coming generations.

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