Team 42: Farmpreneur
An online platform that connects unemployed young people in Sub Saharan Africa, to the resources necessary for success in agri-business.
Mafany Tande Myles Bilong
The specific problem we are solving within youth unemployment is that of young people lacking the skills and resources necessary for becoming self-employed, specifically through Agriculture. According to the AfDB, of Africa’s nearly 420 million youth aged 15-35, one-third are unemployed, another third are vulnerably employed, and only one in six is in wage employment.
In addition, according to the mastercard foundation, Sub Saharan Africa has an ancient agricultural business technique that resulted in it being responsible for 23% of Africa's GDP. In relation to the 60% of arable land in Africa and the diversity of plants found in Africa, this shows that agriculture remains an untapped resource in Africa
Some factors that contribute to youth unemployment include lack of experience and skills mismatch, according to Jacobus Johannes de Jongh, 2019. Also, according to Fox, Louise & Senbet, Lemma & Simbanegavi, Witness. (2016), many African countries focus on formal employment yet this is not where the solution lies.
The solution we are proposing is an online platform that will provide unemployed young people access to the tools and resources they need to establish successful agri-businesses. This means that the unemployed young people will become self-employed, thus reducing unemployment. The platform will also incorporate an online store to bridge the gap between the young people and the market thereby promoting food security.
If scaled globally, our solution would greatly increase the number of agri-businesses that are established by unemployed young people. This would be beneficial because according to the AFDB, on-farm production and off-farm processing projections reveal continuous growth creating 41 million jobs in 10 years.
The target market for our solution is unemployed young people, between the ages of 20 - 30 years, are technologically inclined, have an interest in Agriculture and who acknowledge the role Agriculture, through agri-business, can play in making them self-sufficient through self-employment.
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