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Agriculture as a sector of opportunity for young people in Africa


  • Brooks, Karen
  • Zorya, Sergiy
  • Gautam, Amy
  • Goyal, Aparajita


This paper sheds light on how to harvest the"youth dividend"in Sub-Saharan Africa by creating jobs in agriculture. The agriculture that attracts the youth will have to be profitable, competitive, and dynamic. These are the same characteristics needed for agriculture to deliver growth, to improve food security, and to preserve a fragile natural environment. With higher priority accorded to implementation of well-designed public investments in agriculture, continued progress on regulatory and policy reform, and attention to assure inclusion of young people in Africa's agricultural renaissance, the sector's handsome youth dividend can be collected and widely shared.

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  • Brooks, Karen & Zorya, Sergiy & Gautam, Amy & Goyal, Aparajita, 2013. "Agriculture as a sector of opportunity for young people in Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6473, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:6473

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    1. Kristal Jones & Rebecca J. Williams & Thomas B. Gill, 2017. "“If you study, the last thing you want to be is working under the sun:” an analysis of perceptions of agricultural education and occupations in four countries," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 34(1), pages 15-25, March.

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