Growing a Future: Liberian Youth Reflect on Agriculture Livelihoods
Over the next few decades, agriculture will continue to be the dominant sector of employment and a vital source of labor for most young people in Africa. Harnessing youth’s potential to participate meaningfully in their food systems, from production to plate, has the potential to increase their productivity and revenues, as well as ensure the resilience and food security of their households. On the other hand, the general consensus in the research literature on youth perceptions of agricultural production, both in Liberia and across Africa, is that the majority of youth would like to transition out of the sector. Broad sweeping generalizations often highlight that youth are disinterested in agriculture, turned away by the difficulty of the work, social stigmas and the challenges faced in earning a suitable income.
- The perceptions, attitudes and aspirations that Liberian youth have towards agricultural livelihoods;
- The constraints and barriers these youth face and, conversely, the opportunities available to them in considering their longer-term engagement in the agricultural sector.
- The ways gender impacts these attitudes, perceptions and differences in access to, and control over resources and decision making among male and female youth;
- The perceptions, aspirations, and challenges faced by rural and, at times, isolated youth in relation to agricultural livelihoods; and
- The differences between the aspirations and perceptions of youth themselves, with regards to agriculture, and the perceptions of and support offered by their elders, policy makers and development agencies.