Farming could be key to solving youth unemployment in Africa

Foundation for Young Farmers

Farming on the Katine project
Farming by machete and hoe does not appeal to young Africans – or policymakers. Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian

Agriculture employs most of Africa‘s young people and is likely to continue to do so in the future. But to meet the aspirations of millions who want rewarding work, the continents’s agricultural sector will have to change markedly. Today’s farming by machete and hand hoe does not appeal to young Africans or to policymakers. Farming is not even viewed as a “job” by many young Africans, who instead reserve the term for employment that requires clean clothes and a desk. Yet for a generation of young people entering adulthood, agriculture offers the best opportunity to move out of poverty and build satisfying lives.

Markets for food are booming globally and in Africa. Recent trends in income growth, urbanisation and diet have created a sharp rise in demand for food…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I am now the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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