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Addressing the Generation Gap in Agriculture for Socio-economic Development of Africa

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  • 19 Oct 2017 - 10:05am
  • By Mark Wamai
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Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) Image:RUFORUM

Although there are diverse rural livelihood opportunities from agriculture, many young people unfortunately, find it unattractive and regard it as employment of the last resort. Two main reasons account for this. First, because many of the youth have a mindset that perceive agriculture as not glamorous, lucrative, or not of “snub appeal”.  Second, because there is lack of proper facilities and institutions such as markets and financial options and policies which promote agriculture in the rural areas.  The result is that agriculture remained undesired and unattractive to the youth, rural urban migration increases and poverty rises.  This scenario threatens food security...

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