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April 2, 2015Knowledge Portal
Young people, agriculture, and employment in rural Africa

This paper (PDF) by UNU-WIDER examines the current interest in addressing the problem of young people’s unemployment in Africa through agriculture. It aims to address what role policy and associated programmes and projects can play in re-aligning rural young people’s engagement with agriculture. By use of two overarching concepts, transition and mobility, a conceptual framework is introduced that could be used as a lens for the analysis of policies, programmes and projects involving young people and agriculture in Africa. »

April 1, 2015Knowledge Portal
Coffee Toolkit 2014: sustainable coffee as a family business

This Coffee Toolkit (PDF) was developed for the coffee industry, in response to the demand for knowledge on how to best integrate women and youth in the coffee value chain and provides practical approaches and tools for stakeholders and service providers. The toolkit is a joint effort of the SCP, Agri-ProFocus, Fair & Sustainable Advisory »

March 16, 2015Knowledge Portal
Livestock entrepreneurship as an emerging self-employment option for university graduates in Ethiopia: Overview of concerns and potentials for growth

This paper (PDF) in the European Journal of Business and Management, compiles and synthesizes existing and emerging knowledge on major aspects of livestock enterprises and support services including practical skills and information needs among self-employed graduates. Implications for further investigation and interventions and informing institutional policies development on livestock enterprises as a growing employment option are also highlighted. »

March 3, 2015Knowledge Portal
Non-farm entrepreneurship in rural Africa: patterns and determinants

This paper (PDF) published by Dare provides an empirical description of the patterns and determinants of non-farm entrepreneurship in rural Africa, using the World Bank’s unique LSMSISA dataset on six countries: Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. The research finds that non-farm entrepreneurship predominantly creates informal jobs and mostly for family members; that these »