Africa’s Evolving Employment Trends: Implications for Economic Transformation

Default image, no image supplied by the user.Increases in farm-level productivity is key to job creation and economic transformation in Africa. This research examines nationally representative data from nine African countries, showing three key findings: a general decline in farming’s share of employment over the past decade; a strong relationship between lagged farm productivity growth and the speed at which the share of the labor force in farming declines; and the moderate potential for agro-processing or other stages of the food system to absorb youth into gainful employment in the coming years. While employment in agro-processing is growing rapidly in percentage terms, its share of overall employment is quite low and will not generate nearly as https://foodsecuritypolicy.msu.edu/uploads/files/CrossCountry/Yeboah_and_Jayne_2017-_AGA_article.pdfmany new jobs as on-farm production. 

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