Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa
The conference aims to exchange among stakeholders on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations in agriculture and rural development, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward. The conference will feature a high-Level interactive panel involving Policy Makers, Youth Leaders, Business and Innovation Leaders, as well as key partners. Specifically, stakeholders will discuss the importance of drivers of youth-centered entrepreneurship and innovations in agriculture and agribusiness along the following major themes: i) Youth and entrepreneurship; ii) Digital innovation to overcome agriculture value-chain related constraints and iii) Future of work in the rural economy
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Considering agriculture as an essential driver of economic development and an area of great opportunities for young people in Africa, harnessing opportunities in agribusiness entrepreneurship and innovations, including in ICT innovations, along the value chains, contributes to improving the sector’s image, increases productivity and returns to investment and provides new employment opportunities, hence attracting more young people. Access to cheaper and more reliable ICT devices, particularly mobile phones, and increased connectivity in Africa is already an opportunity for adoption. It remains an open and clear avenue to support networking among youth, thus reducing their physical isolation in remote rural areas and facilitating access to information, employment and agribusiness services. In this context, the Government of Rwanda, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Union in partnership with other organizations are organizing a regional conference on the theme: Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship, to be held from 20 to21 August 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.