Support for policy and strategic development, Rwanda
youth entrepreneurship and employment

Youth

Youth employment is a pressing challenge throughout Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Around 100 million young people will enter the workforce in Africa alone over the next 10 years. The majority will find work in agriculture where capitalising on the potential for sustainable and productive development is critical.

OUR APPROACH

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) promotes youth entrepreneurship and employment through access to business development services and Information and communication technologies (ICT) solutions. We do this by targeting young entrepreneurs and the institutions that support them to leverage access to finance and markets; showcase best practices and innovative business models; and create pathways to the creation of job opportunities in established agribusinesses.

Building on a strong track record in youth and ICT and a wide network of partners CTA works directly through incubators and established business development service providers, agricultural organisations, NGOs, business associations, agribusiness and ICT firms.

Impact stories

KEY FIGURES

We have stepped up our efforts to encourage youth entrepreneurship

700

YOUNG ICT ENTREPRENEURS SUPPORTED IN 2017

5K

NEW JOBS TO BE CREATED BY 2020

23,4

IS THE MEDIAN AGE OF THE ACP POPULATION

700K

EUROS INVESTED IN YOUNG ICT START-UPS INVOLVED IN CTA’S AGRIHACK IN 2016

CTA and Youth

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Crowdfunding, a new agricultural investment model driven by young entrepreneurs

by Mamadou Sall

Faced with the lack of available finance for agricultural businesses from traditional banks, innovative entrepreneurs are turning to digital technology to access investment from the general public. Crowdfunding platforms have many advantages, but also entail some risks if there is to be trouble-free development of this alternative source of finance.

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Accelerating youth agri-incubators in Africa - Lessons from Nigeria

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Farmer organisations promote youth entrepreneurship – Lessons from Zimbabwe

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