Why agribusiness is the only hope for the unemployed youths in Kenya


The youth are responsive to robust and transformative approaches to their immediate needs

Africa is a youthful continent with over 920 million people, 60% of whom are between the ages of 15 and 24. A large percentage of these young people live on less than $2 a day.

The estimated youth unemployment rate in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the highest in the world at 40%. The youths are the primary productive human resource of socio-economic development for any economy and, therefore, essential to locate their role in the mainstream development of any nation.

Youth in Kenya is diverse in ethnicity, religion and socioeconomic backgrounds. This diversity necessitates customised initiatives to meet needs and activate untapped potential of the youth. Most African countries have high potential in agriculture, but poor farming, low response to improved technologies adoption and low rate of value addition have adversely affected returns.

While poverty is more pronounced in smallholder farm households, over 92% of the youth in employment are working poor and are also overrepresented among the extremely poor . The youth are responsive to robust and transformative approaches to their immediate needs.

Situation of youth unemployment in Kenya

The current youth unemployment in Kenya leaves a lot to be desired considering the youthful time being wasted and unpreparedness of the youth for future trends. It is estimated that youth unemployment rate is over 62% and in each year, over 400,000 young people are entering the job market (The World Bank, 2014).

Agriculture is one of the key sectors that require special attention to solve youth unemployment situation in Kenya. For example, at least 80% of the Kenyan  population is engaged in agricultural activities, about 90% of rural households generate their livelihood from agriculture and over 70% of Kenyan  population is employed in agricultural line activities.