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Aspirations and race relations: young people and livelihoods
April 5, 2012 / Our blog
Getnet Tadele presented perceptions of farming as a livelihood in Ethiopia where the government in various policies is emphasizing the need to cultivate a new generation of literate farmers. Christine Okali presented a case study of livelihood building in rural

What turns rural young people into migrant workers?
April 5, 2012 / Our blog
Is poverty the main driver for youth to decide to migrate? In general, lack of investments, to improve decent work prospects for young people in rural areas, often results in lower living standards and the consequent de-population of rural areas.

Education for young people, farming and food: a mismatch?
April 5, 2012 / Our blog
Even though it can be a way to empower people, education has also been framed as preparing young people for the wrong employers, leading to educated unemployed young people engaged in ‘time-pass’ – waiting, often for long periods, for opportunities

Youth, tea and appropriate jobs: aspirations in agriculture
March 21, 2012 / Our blog
The big messages coming out of the research that seemed to particularly hit home include: 1.    Young people’s aspirations towards the agri-food sector are as varied as young people themselves. It was clear from the papers and the ensuing discussion

Young People, Farming & Food: Do young men and women want to work within agricultural food chains?
March 21, 2012 / Our blog
As in the first livelihood session on day 1, we were provided with some exciting signs of ongoing processes of change within the agri-food sector in which young men and women had been able to identify with, and respond to,

The need to change young people’s attitudes towards agriculture
March 20, 2012 / Our blog
Speaking in the same session, Professor Ramatu Al-Hassan, of the department of agribusiness and agriculture economics at the University of Ghana, said: “it’s important to support young people to take advantage of agricultural opportunities in Africa.” That will involve breaking

Urban Myths and Rural Futures for Africa’s Young People
February 24, 2012 / Our blog
This view is reinforced by the frequently heard assertion that urbanisation levels are rising faster in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else in the world, as migrants, including many young people, move in large numbers from rural to urban areas. But

Young people and agrifood in Africa: is it time for some good old fashioned planning?
February 24, 2012 / Our blog
What’s important in both those examples is that they start with an analysis of the types of skills that will be needed in the future, and the likely demand for these skills. Just as important is the ability to identify

2012 Call for Proposals: Grant Awards for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa
February 24, 2012 / Our blog
The theme for the 2011 GEC projects is climate change, agriculture and food security with an emphasis on the sustainability of ecosystem services. The 16 selected projects address issues related to climate change and its linkages with agriculture and food

Food price volatility – debating causes and consequences
February 17, 2012 / Our blog
The issue provokes heated debate. Some argue that speculators have affected both the level and volatility of prices, with major development consequences. Opponents argue the exact opposite: ‘speculators’ bring liquidity to markets, lower farmers’ hedging costs and reduce volatility, and