REPORT: Agrifood Youth Employment and Engagement Study, Nov 2016

The MasterCard Foundation & Michigan State University
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Jul, 2016

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with almost 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24—a number that is expected to double by 2045 (African Economic Outlook 2015). Although many jobs have been created by Africa’s growing economies, job creation has not been enough to accommodate the expanding youth population. The International Labor Organization estimates that only 16 million of 73 million jobs created in Africa between 2000 and 2008 were filled by youth. Sixty percent of Africa’s unemployed are youth, even more are underemployed, and youth unemployment rates are double those of adult unemployment in most countries (African Economic Outlook 2015). Across 34 African countries, citizens regard unemployment as the top problem facing their nations (Dome 2015).


The Agrifood Youth Employment and Engagement Study (AgYees) examines the potential of Sub- Saharan Africa’s agrifood1 systems to provide new jobs for unemployed, underemployed and disadvantaged youth and identifies constraints affecting the capacity of youth to take up these economic opportunities. Two analytical tracks generate insights and guidance on cost-effective strategies and programmatic entry points most likely to improve employment options and livelihoods for disadvantaged African men and women.

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Workforce Development
Agriculture & Food Security