3 out of every 5 Africans is below the age of 25 years. The continent has a buzzing and youthful population which has the potential to propel it in the coming decades. By 2035, according to the World Bank; 350 million jobs will be needed on the continent. Jobs that can be made possible through the agricultural sector.
Agriculture employs 60 to 80 % of Africa’s workforce. But in order to ensure the population thrives from agriculture, it is essential that it is profitable. According to the MasterCard Foundation Report Building inclusive agricultural technologies for young people skills gaps in agricultural technologies, and a growing need for resourced spaces to share ideas and access mentorship were identified as some key areas for redress.
In November 2018, the SAGCOT Centre Ltd., Care International and the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) signed a tripartite agreement to initiate the Tajirika na Kilimo (Profit from Farming) project. This project will offer the youth of Tanzania business training and soft skills, in line with current market demands of the agribusiness sector. This serves to redress some of the challenges youth faces in access to quality information, resources and markets they so desperately need.
Tajirika na Kilimo (TnK) targets 2600 youth; 70% of them marginalized young women in rural areas, to build stronger linkages between technical vocational education, and training and local business needs in the agricultural sector. The project implementation will be in the SAGCOT Ihemi Cluster which covers Njombe and Iringa regions and Kilombero Cluster which covers Morogoro region.
TnK is a four-year project funded by Care International Tanzania allowing more youth access to the vocational training at VETA, which currently runs 25 vocational training centres offering 70 vocational courses across Tanzania. SAGCOT Centre will facilitate business linkages in the agricultural sector through its partnership. This will offer the students and trainers hands-on experience in the agribusiness sector.
Through TnK the next generation of agribusinesses in the SAGCOT region will be driven by these young graduates. This takes us closer to realising smarter commercial, inclusive and sustainable agribusinesses transforming entire communities.