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CTA’s regular update on its agricultural publications portfolio

November 2019 - No. 96

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The future prosperity of agriculture depends on youth

On the occasion of Africa Youth Month in November we would like to highlight that the future prosperity of agriculture depends on engaging young people in the sector. Youth employment is a pressing challenge. Around 100 million young people will enter the workforce in Africa alone over the next 10 years. The majority will find work in agriculture where capitalising on the potential for sustainable and productive development is critical. CTA promotes youth entrepreneurship and employment through access to business development services and information and communication technologies (ICT). CTA does this by targeting young entrepreneurs and the institutions that support them to leverage access to finance and markets, showcase best practices and innovative business models and create pathways to job opportunities in established agribusinesses. Discover our recent publications on the topic!

Making agriculture attractive to young people

The recent CTA workshop on ‘facilitating next-generation ACP agriculture through youth entrepreneurship, job creation and digitalisation’ identified seven critical success factors for successful rural entrepreneurship and job creation: access by youth to investment and finance, scalable approaches and models that can be taken up, enabling policy environments for youth, agriculture that is attractive to youth, access by youth to markets, business models that work, and access to a pool of appropriate skills, capacities and knowledge and ways to grow these. 

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An ICT agripreneurship guide: A path to success for young ACP entrepreneurs

This Handbook provides a step-by-step roadmap designed to equip aspiring ICT entrepreneurs, with the information and knowledge they need to start an ICT-based business in the agricultural sector, outlining key opportunities and challenges.

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Creating jobs for rural youth in agricultural value chains

The recent CTA workshop on ‘facilitating next-generation ACP agriculture through youth entrepreneurship, job creation and digitalisation’ identified seven critical success factors for successful rural entrepreneurship and job creation: access by youth to investment and finance, scalable approaches and models that can be taken up, enabling policy environments for youth, agriculture that is attractive to youth, access by youth to markets, business models that work, and access to a pool of appropriate skills, capacities and knowledge and ways to grow these.

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Engaging youth in policy processes on agriculture and agribusiness

The recent CTA workshop on ‘facilitating next-generation ACP agriculture through youth entrepreneurship, job creation and digitalisation’ identified seven critical success factors for successful rural entrepreneurship and job creation: access by youth to investment and finance, scalable approaches and models that can be taken up, enabling policy environments for youth, agriculture that is attractive to youth, access by youth to markets, business models that work, and access to a pool of appropriate skills, capacities and knowledge and ways to grow these.

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Spore 193: Stemming youth migration - Opportunities in agriculture

The dossier explains how agriculture’s potential mitigates youth migration. This Spore issue also includes articles on blended finance funds and fair trade as well as an interview of Michael Hailu who emphasises the role of digitalisation as a game changer in agriculture.

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Latest releases

Financing agribusiness and value chain development in the Pacific

The agriculture sector, a major source of food and livelihood for up to 80% of the population in Pacific Island Countries, is under-funded. Lending to the sector is less than 2%, despite its contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). Transforming the Pacific agri-food system to address the major socio-economic challenges – malnutrition, high dependence on imported foods, unemployment and climate change – will require targeted public and private investments.

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Realising the potential of local foods in Pacific Island Countries: Promoting the health, nutrition and income benefits

Consumers in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have become increasingly reliant on non-traditional and imported processed foods to meet food and nutritional needs. There is need to invest in scientific research and product development of traditional local food crops and seafood to contribute to improving the food, health and nutrition situation in PICs, as well as provide new income-generating opportunities that specially benefit local communities.

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Best seller

The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report 2018–2019

An inclusive, digitally-enabled agricultural transformation could help achieve meaningful livelihood improvements for Africa’s smallholder farmers and pastoralists. It could drive greater engagement in agriculture from women and youth and create employment opportunities along the value chain. At CTA we staked a claim on this power of digitalisation to more systematically transform agriculture early on.

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CTA highlights

"It seems that ICTs have changed the extension landscape."
Chris Addison, Senior Programme Coordinator at CTA, and Yanick Bakker, Editoral consultant for ICT Update

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