Policy makers need to adopt a comprehensive approach to the challenges of youth unemployment by prioritising higher productivity in agriculture, the
The recommendation follows a recent report by the
Speaking on the sidelines of a youth conference hosted by the
"The policy advice we would give is to adopt a very comprehensive approach, so as not to just focus on vocational training and not to focus on just increasing manufacturing (sector activity), as well as not focusing on entrepreneurship because not everybody wants to be an entrepreneur," she said.
Chien said small scale agriculture and household enterprises which employ less than five people and are predominantly in the informal sector would continue to dominate economic activity.
"Policy makers need to prioritise higher youth productivity in agriculture as well as enable rental markets for land," she said adding that tailor made solutions could be adopted despite the majority of land in
Chien said that new opportunities existed in agriculture but youth needed land and support to make it productive.
"There is growing demand for food produced on
Youths were subdivided into various cluster groups at the conference to deliberate on matters affecting their enterprises.
One youth from an agriculture cluster presented the group's findings which were centred on the need for security of land tenure.
"We noted that there is need to depoliticise the agricultural sector so that it becomes all encompassing. There is need to look at agriculture purely from a business perspective and not just a place of occupation," he said.
The report also states that improved creditor rights and contract enforcement would also allow borrowers to use a broader range of assets as collateral.
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