Researchers reveal agribusiness programs as a solution to poverty among youth in Nigeria
In developing countries, youth unemployment has received increasing attention in policy dialogue. Over half of Nigeria’s more than 200 million population is either unemployed or working in low-wage jobs. This has created a pathway to poverty and vulnerability to poverty, making young people engage in illegal activities or migrate illegally to wealthier countries in search of better opportunities.
Researchers have noted that urgent policy and program reforms are imperative in solving this challenge, especially within the agricultural sector. Hence, some researchers recently conducted a study to evaluate the impact of youth participation in agribusiness programs (YIAPs) on poverty and vulnerability to poverty in Nigeria. The research, done in Ondo and Ogun states in southwestern Nigeria, was funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and IITA.