Nearly 80 percent of the 1.2 billion youth in the world live in developing countries, but the average age of agricultural workers is rising. Growing populations coupled with decreasing participation in agribusiness creates a serious threat to the future of farming and to the potential for global food insecurity. To engage youth, we must address their barriers to entry, which include: lack of access to inputs and capital; lack of technical knowledge; and a prevalent misconception that agriculture is not a promising or profitable career path. To overcome these barriers, we focus on five key methods to sustainable integrate youth into agriculture.
Engaging with Youth
Many young people are migrating to cities for alternative economic opportunities. ZGL engages with Ilase ijesha youth to increase their interest and participation in agribusiness by providing training and encouraging their involvement in diverse activities across agribusiness sector, such as input supply chains, agribusiness support services, vegetable seedling production spraying service provider and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Involving youth in agriculture works when they see the economic vitality of the sector. ZGL helps youth increase their incomes by promoting knowledge of good agribusiness practices and exposing them to other opportunities beyond direct farming such as new technologies and ICT.
Accessing Inputs and Assets
One impediment to youth involvement in agriculture is the lack of access to, and control over, inputs and assets. We support youth in obtaining land, loans, inputs, and other assets through linkages with input providers and financial organizations.
ZGL teams demonstrate and facilitate agricultural productivity by introducing high-value and diverse crops; market linkages; business development; and increasing awareness of alternative employment opportunities in agribusiness.
ZGL promotes new tools and technologies within communities to position youth at the forefront of agribusiness innovations, and encourage leadership opportunities and community involvement by fostering linkages with private sector commercial organizations.
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