Leveraging ICT to Attract Unemployed Youths to Agribusinesses — Webinar Recording
Ken Lohento presented concrete options for agriculture development projects to make proper use of ICTs to create thought-after employment opportunities along agri-value chains in rural areas
The ICT4Ag Community of Practice looked at possibilities for projects to advance agricultural entrepreneurship in young people, triggering ICT innovations in order to boost climate-resilient food value chains.
Great potential to entice young innovators to engage in new agricultural enterprises
About 65% of the total population of Africa is below the age of 35 years. Over 35% are between the age of 15 and 35 years — making Africa a continent full of youth. Each year, 10 million young Africans join the labour markets, more than ever before. These young people are crucial for replacing the older farming generation. They can also bring an important contribution to the agriculture sector, through innovation and especially digital ICT solutions.
Implementing digital solutions can do much to improve the image of agriculture contributing to a future-oriented, sustainable development in rural areas when broadened to include agribusiness, marketing and services related to crop and livestock production.
Ken introduced dynamic career options along the agricultural value chain for young people with both agricultural and non-agricultural profiles.
Ken presented the CTA framework for engaging youth in agriculture through ICT and linked recommendation for donors and other organizations.
Ken emphasized that the successful implementation of ICTs depends on the target groups social and cultural context and skills to make use of the new technologies.
He presented best-practice examples for successful ICT business models allowing young providers to earn money and farmers to receive these services charge-free.
Is this relevant to you?
This webinar was designed for project staff and decision-makers in agricultural and rural development projects interested in using ICT4Ag to improve rural youth employment.
While the live seminar provided an opportunity to ask the presenter, the recording has been edited substantially to focus on main points. It aims to add particular value for those who prefer to get a tightened product and to scroll through easily.
What will be your takeaway?
You will learn how you can use ICT to encourage young farmers in your project to engage in agricultural value chains.