Synthesis report on current and emerging youth policies and initiatives with links to agriculture: the case of Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe

Synthesis report on current and emerging youth policies and initiatives with links to agriculture: the case of Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe

Sub–Saharan African (SSA) countries have a unique population profile, with 44 percent of its population being under the age of 15, making it the youngest region of the world. In spite of the formally recognized role of agriculture in job and wealth creation for young people, the nexus between youth and agriculture has only partially and insufficiently been developed and translated in public policies at the national, regional or continental level.

For Africa to achieve food security, the youth must be regarded as critical agricultural players who need and deserve special attention, support and follow-up. With their energy, passion and talents, they can help to solve many of the serious problems that Africa faces today. But first the youth must be given the tools they need to drive Africa’s green revolution while also safeguarding the continent’s natural resources and the environment. Youth need to be part of decisions and policy-making processes for agriculture in Africa as they are the generation that will have to ensure that the continent’s growing population is fed.

This is a synthesis report of the six-country case studies and focuses on their progress towards involvement of the youth in the formulation and implementation of the “youth and agriculture” policies in each country.

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