Creating Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture.

Agriculture and Food Security | Education and Youth | Youth Workforce Development | Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning | Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)
Africa

Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity

Project Dates: July 2015 - October 2020
Uganda, which has the second-youngest population in the world, is creating economic opportunities for youth in the agriculture sector.

In Uganda, youth unemployment is growing: Each year, 400,000 youth enter the labor market and compete for only 80,000 formal jobs. 75 percent of the workforce and 55 percent of youth in Uganda are engaged in the agriculture sector, and Uganda is addressing youth unemployment, in part, by creating more opportunities for rural youth to become involved in the sector. The Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity connected youth to these opportunities. The activity’s goal was to increase economic opportunities for approximately 350,000 Ugandan youth between the ages of 10 and 35. Supporting their endeavors in agriculture-related fields, the activity was dedicated to increasing their incomes and building their entrepreneurship, leadership, and workforce-readiness skills. The activity also collaborated with the private sector, workforce institutions, national organizations, and Ugandan leaders to change perceptions of youth.

359,638

profitable economic opportunities for youth facilitated

57

productive partnerships between the public and private sector established

13,877,984

dollars in funds from the private sector leveraged to further activity objectives

Project Goals


  • Increase the incomes of youth working in agricultural value chains
  • Improve the development of skills (e.g., entrepreneurship, employability, leadership, and life skills) through formal and non-formal education and training organizations

Our Impact Nurturing Youth Agripreneurship in Uganda

During an agricultural career exhibition organized by and for youth in Uganda, future agripreneurs, farmers, and agribusiness professionals learned to harness the wide variety of professional development opportunities in the sector.

In Uganda, youth unemployment is growing: Each year, 400,000 youth enter the labor market and compete for only 80,000 formal jobs. 75 percent of the workforce and 55 percent of youth in Uganda are engaged in the agriculture sector, and Uganda is addressing youth unemployment, in part, by creating more opportunities for rural youth to…

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Filling Gaps in Uganda’s Market Systems

With the Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity, agriculture company Akorion uses a digital solution to help farmers access support services and improve information flow in the agricultural market system.

What Men Can Do, Ladies Can Do

The Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity partnered with Sing With Me Happily to train 108 female youth in tractor operations and help them find employment across Uganda.

Youth Involvement in Agriculture

Philip DeCosse sits down with Dr. Tom Reardon to discuss opportunities for youth to benefit from intermediary growth.

A Female Tractor Operator in Uganda Breaks Barriers

With support from the Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity, Kevin Akello became the first female tractor operator in her community and proved “what a man can do, a woman can also do.”

Agrikool Career Exhibition in Uganda

To expose Uganda’s growing youth population to agricultural career opportunities, Chemonics’ USAID Feed the Future Youth Leadership for Agriculture activity hosted a full-day agricultural career exhibition for more than 1,800 youth.

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