MasterCard Foundation hosts inaugural Young Africa Works Summit
29 October 2015
Author: Joyce Ntaliwa
A young farmer tilling his land. Photo courtesy: Australian government Deparment of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Flickr

MasterCard Foundation is hosting the First Young Africa Works Summit between October 29 and 30, 2015. The main objective of the event is to find practical solutions for youth employment and entrepreneurship within the agricultural sector. The event will bring together about 300 key influencers, including youth and representatives from government, development organisations and the private sector to share perspectives and insights on effective approaches for creating economic opportunities for young men and women in agriculture.

Africa is at the cusp of its renaissance and the summit seeks to determine appropriate interventions for harnessing the continent’s growing youth population and vast arable land to create employment and sustainable livelihoods. Eliya Zulu and Grace Kumchulesi of AFIDEP will be participating in the summit to learn more about ongoing and promising interventions various African countries are implementing to transform the agricultural sector and make it the bedrock of the continent’s job-creation crusade.  Lessons from the summit will inform AFIDEP’s groundbreaking demographic dividend work, which is seeking to ignite policy and investment actions to prioritise investments in transformative education and skill development to unleash the continent’s youthful population for achievement of the continent’s socioeconomic transformation agenda.  The programme also seeks to guide reforms for enhancing capacity of African economies to create ample jobs for its rapidly growing youthful working age population.

The summit will be held at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

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