Refocusing on youth and agriculture for Africa’s ‘lost generation’

Majority (probably upto 75%) of Africa’s population leaves below poverty and about the same % depend on Agriculture for their livelihood. Youth constitute greater % of this population. Giving adequate attention to Agriculture invariably means facing the major challenges of lives faced by the entire population!

Foundation for Young Farmers

Agriculture policies in many African countries are failing to recognise the true needs and priorities of their young people, say authors of new research published today by the Institute of Development Studies. Unemployment among young people in Africa is increasingly recognised as a first order development challenge. There is widespread economic growth in many parts of the African continent– but ‘jobless’ economic growth combined with the world’s youngest population threatens progress in many African countries. Given that the majority of Africans live in rural areas, the continuing importance of the agricultural sector to most African economies, and the very slow emergence of employment opportunities in the formal sector, it is not surprising that policy and development practitioners frequently look to agriculture as a key source of opportunity for young people. Yet the way they approach the ‘problem of young people and agriculture’ may be flawed, say authors of the new…

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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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