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Job Creation for Africa’s Youth

Are there pathways in agricultural value chains?

Rapidly rising demand for food fuelled by population growth, urbanisation and income growth comes with enormous opportunities for employment creation in the agri-food sector in sub-Saharan Africa. The sector has great potential to be a driver of economic transformation.

This policy brief highlights the main results of a GIZ-supported study of the evolving employment dynamics in agricultural value chains in sub-Saharan Africa, conducted by Michigan State University.

Three main pathways are described that provide job opportunities in agricultural value chains and in non-farm sectors. Furthermore, the study summarises key entry points for investment and policy actions to promote inclusive, competitive and productive agri-food systems generating employment opportunities and contributing to economic growth and transformation.


Heike Höffler (, lead Sector Project Agricultural Trade, Agribusiness, Agricultural Finance