Rural Transformation, Cereals and Youth in Africa: What Role for International Agriculture Research?

This article argues for a more nuanced understanding of the youth-specific issues associated with agriculture transformation, and a need to differentiate how different youth segments engage in the agriculture sector, based on structural constraints. It puts forth a framework through which to analyze young people’s ability to exploit opportunities within the agriculture sector. The case of staple cereals illustrates the nuances of young people’s engagement with agri-food systems, based on the interplay between the macro-context, local context, and social structures. The article also identifies key areas for additional research, highlighting themes of structural considerations, youth specificity, differentiation, and youth relationships and networks.


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