In Africa, youth form the majority constituting more than 70% of the total population although 60% of these youth are unemployed. Appreciating the fact that rural youth attached to agricultural especially in production phase are more disadvantaged compared to those in non-farm activities, FCI’s youth in agricultural trade and enterprise approach seeks to build and expand young people’s interest in agricultural enterprises at different nodes along the value chain as a worthwhile alternative source of employment and income. The approach focuses on identifying factors inhibiting youth participation in agriculture and in turn establishes preferred youth owned agricultural enterprises along the value chain such as value addition enterprises, business support services provision as well as input supply.
Making agriculture modern, it has considerable potential for job and wealth creation especially for youth who could have otherwise migrated to already crowded cities. This requires strategies to make agriculture an attractive enough option for youth to engage in, including moving away from subsistence agriculture, and introducing commercialization and productivity improvements through technological innovations and infrastructure support. Through the Youth in Agricultural Trade and Enterprises Approach, FCI has developed customized training manuals and modules to train the youth on business skills. Through the commercial village model, the YATE approach facilitates youth empowerment and commercialization through creation of youth friendly market linkages, strategic partnerships, business support services providers, agri-technology as well as customized savings and investments facilities for the youth. Through Youth in Agricultural Trade and Enterprise Approach, FCI has worked with over 5.1 million youth across 8 countries in Africa.
FCI VISION : To have commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond