Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa

Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship

Kigali, Rwanda | 20 - 21 August 2018

Over sixty percent of Africa’s estimated 1.2 billion people are under the age of 25; yet with little job creation currently in the rural areas where the majority of the population resides, there is a growing uncertainty over the continent’s preparedness to tap this resource.  Tens of millions of jobs will have to be created each year in rural areas for Africa to harness the dividends of this youthful population.

Considering agriculture as an essential driver of economic development and an area of great opportunities for young people in Africa, harnessing opportunities in agribusiness entrepreneurship and innovations, including in  ICT innovations, along the value chains,  contributes to improving the sector’s image, increases productivity and returns to investment and provides new employment opportunities, hence attracting more young people.

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The conference aims to foster an exchange among stakeholders on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward.


Side events

Parallel to the main conference, will be three main side events: