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Closing the gap between the youth and agriculture in Africa

Agriculture and youth are a compatible pair, particularly in the African context. As one of the continent’s most critical industries and biggest sources of income – contributing a quarter of Africa’s total GDP and employing 70 percent of the labour force). It has the remarkable potential to empower what will be the youngest and biggest workforce in the world by 2040.

Already half the continent’s population is under the age of 25, and 72 percent of these young people are either unemployed or vulnerable to the harsh societal challenges such as HIV and AIDS, as well teenage pregnancy. These astonishing statistics show no signs of diminishing either. With over 330 million young Africans set to enter the job market in the next 20 years, only a third of that number is forecast to find jobs.

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