Fonds fiduciaire africain de solidarité

Promoting Decent Rural Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Benin, Cameroon, Malawi and Niger - GCP/RAF/494/MUL


Africa may not reach its transformation goals, as defined in Agenda 2063, without fully harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth. While youth currently constitutes approximately 40 percent of the working age population, over 60 percent are unemployed. Although Africa has policies and programmes to tackle unemployment among rural youth, the different policies at both continental and national levels do not adequately address the challenges in a holistic and coherent manner. Rural youth need customized training models and curricula, given that most of them have not had the opportunity to obtain quality education and training. Policy interventions are also required to create opportunities for them. Against this background, the project aimed to create job opportunities for rural youth in agricultural value chains, and to support and facilitate preferential entry and participation for young women and men in gainful and attractive agribusiness opportunities. The project focused on four countries: Benin, Cameroon, Malawi and Niger.