Where Will They Land? Keeping Rural Youth in Business
February 1, 2016 - Author: T.S. Jayne and Lulama Traub
T.S. Jayne and Lulama Traub. Where Will They Land? Keeping Rural Youth in Business. Foreign Affairs, special edition on African Farmers in the Digital Age: How Digital Solutions Can Enable Rural Development, February 2016.
Over 60 percent of Africa’s population is under the age of twenty-five. Roughly 350 million young people will be entering the labor force between now and 2035. Even under the most optimistic projections, wage jobs in sub-Saharan Africa will absorb only 25 percent of these 350 million workers. Farming and self-employment will be called upon to provide gainful employment for at least 70 percent of young Africans entering the labor force till at least 2030. However, agriculture won’t be attractive to young people unless it earns good money, and profitable farming, among many other things, requires access to land.