Enhancing Enabling Environment to Increase Youth Participation in Agriculture in Tanzania: Village Level Focus.

    Village Governments have a special frontline role to solve practical challenges the youth encounter and encourage them to engage in commercial agriculture and agri-business. This should help to ensure they are self-employed or employed and therefore contribute to solve youth unemployment and rural-urban migration. By so doing, Village Governments will be supporting national policies, which recognize the need to create enabling environment for increased youth participation in agriculture and agribusiness value chains. Village Governments should take advantage of existing programs such as HEIFER International’s East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP), which seeks, among others, to catalyze youth participation and inclusion in economic activities, particularly in agriculture sector. To start with, there are some pilot villages selected from the districts of Iringa Rural, Kilolo, Mufindi, Mafinga Town Council, Njombe Town Council, Njombe District Council, Wanging’ombe, Rungwe, Busokelo, and Mbozi.

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