Theme: Innovative local transformation and value addition of production through digitalization
When: 5 October 2021 at 13:00 - 14:30 PM CET
Where: Online; please register here.
(Co-) Organizers: UNIDO, FAO
The “Opportunities for Youth in Africa” (OYA) programme was developed jointly by UNIDO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in response to a dedicated call for accelerating efforts in the area of job creation for African youth, especially through agribusiness and entrepreneurship development. By joining forces, FAO and UNIDO will leverage on their comparative advantages, technical expertise and best practices in the areas of decent employment creation and entrepreneurship, as well as agriculture and agribusiness value chain development
The programme proposes an integrated approach for the creation of quality on- and off- farm employment and self-employment opportunities for African youth in agriculture and agribusiness. It highlights the central role of agriculture for Africa’s development, while emphasizing the need for continuous empowerment of African youth to be the engine of this growth. The multi-level approach (continental, sub-regional, national) reflects the need for a concerted effort between public institutions and the private sector on capacity development, access to resources, improved coordination and linkages, and knowledge generation and dissemination. Based on specific criteria, the programme carefully selected six pilot countries: Cabo Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Kenya, Tunisia and Zambia.
The workshop is expected to result in a call to increase the resilience of the economy and enhance innovation and digitalizing through on- and off-farm job creation and retention for young women and men in Africa.
The panelists will point to the need to engage both the public and private sectors to provide young women and men with opportunities for capacity development and access to resources so that they may lead the transformation of the agricultural sector in the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The workshop will also highlight the need for any intervention to simultaneously deliver at micro, meso and macro level, including youth participation to guarantee the ownership and sustainability of the impact.