Are the Youth Exiting Agriculture en Masse?

This conference paper investigates the extent of youth engagement in agriculture in six African countries using data from the Living Standards Measurement Surveys-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA).  The analysis suggests that youth work fewer hours per week in agriculture than the older age groups in select countries, with strong correlations between age and hours worked in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Malawi, a weaker correlate in Niger and Uganda, and an insignificant correlation in Ethiopia.  Other important correlates of hours worked per week in agriculture include education, gender, rural residence, wealth index, farm size per capita, land ownership, and livestock ownership.



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