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Africa’s Changing Farm Structure and Employment Challenge

Thomas Jayne (), Antony Chapoto (), Nicholas Sitko (), M. Muyanga, C. Nkonde and Jordan Chamberlin ()

No 259793, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Briefs from Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security (FSP)

Abstract: Even under optimistic assumptions about the rate of urbanization and growth of non-farm employment, agriculture will still be the main source of livelihood for the majority of Africans for at least the next several decades (Losch 2012). Non-farm wage jobs in SubSaharan Africa will be able to absorb between 40 to 65 percent of the additional 122 million workers estimated to enter the labor force before 2020 (Fine et al. 2012). This means that farming will be called upon to provide gainful employment for at least a third of young Africans entering the labor force till at least 2025. However, for agriculture to provide viable employment, young people will require access to land.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Food Security and Poverty; International Development; Labor and Human Capital; Land Economics/Use (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 5
Date: 2014-04-04
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.259793

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