The MasterCard Foundation's Youth Think Tank engages young researchers to better understand the challenges their peers face in skills training, securing employment, starting and growing businesses, and transitioning into the labor market.
Focus on: Youth serves as a new platform for positive youth development news and stories. Available on the Devex website, the channel launches in partnership IYF, The MasterCard Foundation, CSIS, and Devex.
Even 25 years ago young people in Sub-Saharan Africa had started turning their backs on their parents’ traditional agriculture-based work and lives for what they saw as more exciting and lucrative opportunities in the big city.
One approach to Africa’s youth unemployment crisis is engaging more young people in the agricultural sector. After all, Africa holds half of the world’s uncultivated arable land, with agriculture set to create stable employment for eight million people by 2020. Greater investments in the agriculture value chain could potentially add an additional six million jobs.