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Research Series Issue 43: Youth agrifood system employment in developing countries: a gender-differentiated spatial approach
December 2019

Despite a burgeoning literature on youth employment, little is known about the economic activities of rural youth, including whether rural transformation, seen through the lens of the agrifood system will create new opportunities for youth.

Using data on hours worked of working-age individuals in four age cohorts and a rural-urban gradient based on population density in Africa, Asia, and Latin America households, this study provides empirical evidence on this gap in literature.

Youth appear to access off-farm AFS opportunities more easily than non-AFS ones, especially wage employment in urban and peri-urban zones. These findings dispute the narrative that youth do not enter farming and cannot get wage jobs, as youth work substantial hours in both sectors with distinct spatial patterns.

Authors

Michael Dolislager, Thomas Reardon, Aslihan Arslan, Louise Fox, Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Christine Sauer, David Tschirley

Topics

Gender, Youth