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NEPAD, FAO launch job creation project

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SITEMBILE SIWAWA Johannesburg
THE New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and UN  Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) have launched a four-year project that aims to create decent employment opportunities for young people in rural areas through the development of enterprises in sustainable agriculture and agribusiness.
The US$4-million project is funded by the African Solidarity Trust Fund.
Speaking at the signing ceremony for the project on Tuesday night, NEPAD chief executive officer Ibrahim Mayaki commended the partnership that will help empower youths.
“The collaboration between NEPAD and FAO will go a long way in ensuring that the youth, Africa’s future are not forgotten,” Dr Mayaki said
Rural transformation is at the heart of the programme where equity and inclusiveness will help rural youths develop their potential and thrive.
FAO assistant director general for Africa Bukar Tijani said, “Today marks an important milestone in moving forward and upward in terms of empowering youth in these four countries especially women, as 2015 is the African Union’s year of women empowerment.
This is actually also one of the concrete ways that we can see the declarations made in Malabo in mid-2014, coming to fruition by opening new paths for African youth within the agricultural arena.”
Over half of the population is below 25 years and approximately 11 million young will join the labour market every year for the next decade.
Despite strong economic growth in many African countries, wage employment is limited and agriculture and agribusiness continue to provide income and employment for over 60 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population.
However, the laborious, subsistence-oriented small-scale agriculture is often not the preferred choice of work for many young people.

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