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Re: Youth – feeding the future. Addressing the challenges faced by rural youth aged 15 to 17 in preparing for and accessing decent work

Chinedu Obi
Chinedu ObiInternational Masters of Science in rural development, Ghent UniversityBelgium

Hello, 

 

Kindly find below the abstract of my unpublished work on "Gender Issues and Adolescent participation in Agriculture in Nigeria: A Review"

Hope it gives you a perspective about the current gender (adolescent) issues in Nigeria which hinder their participation in agriculture employment and vocational training.

 
Gender Issues and Adolescent participation in Agriculture in Nigeria: A Review
 
Abstract
Nigerian rural adolescents’ boys and girls between the age of 15 – 17 have faced a lot of challenges preventing them from taking up agriculture employment. These study adopted desk research mechanism to examine the gender issues faced by these groups in participating in government agriculture programmes, agriculture employment or vocational education in agriculture. The issues raised include poor government targeting in programme design, conflicts of various kinds e.g. terrorism and Fulani herdsmen violence. In particular, adolescent girls in northern Nigeria get less education than the boys due to religion and cultural obligations. They lack access to mobile phone, internet and other facilities that would enable them get information on agricultural opportunities. More so, they are less likely to visit farms due to parental protection against insurgence. On the other hand, the drudgeries associated with agriculture in Nigeria and the passion for urban way of life has created certain institution and ideology among rural adolescent boys. They have placed more emphasis on higher education, business and apprenticeship than on agriculture. Consequently, government have initiated some programmes to tackle these gender issues but these programme are few, new and their performance are yet to be studied.