The Myth of Lazy Youth: Why Young People Choose Agriculture

Author(s): 
Alexandra Lowe, Edem Agbe
Organization/Affiliation(s): 
Overseas Development Institute, Participatory Development Associates
Publication Date: 
Sep 28, 2017

All too often young people are accused of being lazy and uninterested in agriculture, when in fact there are very good reasons why they are unable to access the opportunities available in the agricultural sector or why they are unable to attain the profits that theoretically should be achievable. This session begins by looking at young people's aspirations as cocoa farmers in Ghana or as small-scale producers in northern Uganda, before unpacking the economic and political barriers that stand in their way. The session will use research on youth transitions (i.e. the process of becoming an independent farmer and social adult) in Ghana and Uganda to identify barriers and solutions.

Topic: 
Enterprise Development
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa