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Youth employment in African data ecosystems [initiated by Wageningen University and Resource Centre/ Science, Technology & Innovation, Food and Business Knowledge Platform]

Convenors:
Marieke van Winden (conference organiser) (African Studies Centre Leiden)
Cees Leeuwis (Wageningen University & Research)
Ken Lohento (CTA)
Stream:
G: Youth and gender issues

Abstract:

This panel will deal with a specific element of the youth employment conundrum. In circles of African organizations supporting rural and agricultural development, there is often doubt as to whether well-educated young African women and men want to stay and work in these rural areas, because of the image of a stagnating sector in a stagnating and isolated countryside. However, new innovations in agriculture and rural environments create new and more attractive forms of work in rural areas, and there is a growing demand by public and private agencies to collect and use (digital) information. What is the evidence for the impact on rural employment? [initiated by Wageningen University and Resource Centre/ Science, Technology & Innovation studies, together with the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation, based in Wageningen,

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