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Youth employment highlighted at agriculture conference in Africa

POSTED August 21, 2018

Youth employment highlighted at agriculture conference in Africa

The director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization offers insights

CommRise from the field

Building sustainable agriculture sectors in Africa will mean more jobs are needed, said José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference in Rwanda this week.

“We need to take action to make agriculture more attractive to young people,” he said, noting Africa’s food demand is projected to grow by 50 percent in the coming years while employment for youth in the agricultural sector is often casual or seasonal, with little technical training. “These constraints become a bottleneck that also impede young people to start an agricultural business of their own.”

At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, we believe in giving youth skills to secure permanent, full-time employment. We nurture a spirit of innovation so they are encouraged to lead their own change for the better of their community.

The Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference ends in Rwanda today [more on that here].

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