Agribusiness as an Unlocking Opportunity for Youth Livelihood Development
This study explored the role of agribusiness opportunities in
youth-led livelihood development activities. The objectives of the study are,
to identify the significance of agribusiness’ role in youth livelihood
development, to understand the potentialities of agribusiness for employment
generation and to identify the barriers of the sector in Sierra Leone. Primary
data were collected through structured questionnaire and semi-structured
interviews. The study has shown that agribusiness has a great potential in
diversifying employment opportunities for the youth. Its contribution for food
security and the well-being of the community through livelihoods development is
magnificent. The study further revealed as the sector is also not free from
different challenges like shortage of improved agricultural technology, loose
connection across the different stages of the value chain, mind-set of youth to
go for agricultural activities and the weak linkage between agricultural
productions with the markets. However, to fully realize the capacity of
agribusiness in livelihoods development there needs to have a proper
understanding of the market and value chain development. In addition to this,
there is a need to build up the role of the private sector and support a more plural
and strong enabling environment to enable a broader scale uptake of productive
market focused approaches.
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