OPINION: Empower Youth to Transform the Agriculture Sector

By: Charles Masereka Yoronimu

Agriculture is Africa’s biggest employing sector, medications with over 70% of the total workforce engaged in the sector.

The sector is predominantly comprised of women and men of age. The youth who comprise the biggest percentage of the continental population are reluctant to engage in the sector.

This is partly because they are less empowered to value and take on agriculture as a career.

Many youth after school never mind or even think they can take on farming as their first job. The mindset that agriculture is for the poor and less educated has kept away even the willing youth from the sector.

The few that engage in the sector eventually drop off in the first year of their undertaking for fear of losing their “social status”.

Governments ought to help the few that beat the odds and take on agriculture as a career so that they do not lose the momentum to carry on farming for more than 5 years.

The limited resources available at the disposal of youth are one of the barriers to advancing the engagement in the sector.


A case of limited technology has left the sector less developed, order a fact that has barred youth from developing the interest to take on the sector as a job.

Climate change is another barrier to entry into the sector. Since much of Africa’s agriculture majorly depends on rain water, the unreliability of the rains has led to youth shying away from the sector for fear of losses that may accrue in the due course.

Because of the number of youth in Africa and the strength they have to change the world, empowerment of the same is fundamental for the success of the agriculture sector.

Ministries in-charge of youth and agriculture need to make initiatives driven towards helping youth easily accessible to all that need them.

There is therefore a need to empower youth to be strong and confident to take on the challenge by making readily available agricultural inputs, markets, technology, low cost credit facilities, research materials as well as the best seed varieties that are resistant to weather changes to withstand climate change.

The writer is the Executive Director YAFRA Uganda and YAFRA Green Initiative

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