Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity
Uganda, which has the second-youngest population in the world, is creating economic opportunities for youth in the agriculture sector.
In Uganda, youth unemployment is growing: Each year, 400,000 youth enter the labor market and compete for only 80,000 formal jobs. 75 percent of the workforce and 55 percent of youth in Uganda are engaged in the agriculture sector, and Uganda is addressing youth unemployment, in part, by creating more opportunities for rural youth to become involved in the sector. The Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity connected youth to these opportunities. The activity’s goal was to increase economic opportunities for approximately 350,000 Ugandan youth between the ages of 10 and 35. Supporting their endeavors in agriculture-related fields, the activity was dedicated to increasing their incomes and building their entrepreneurship, leadership, and workforce-readiness skills. The activity also collaborated with the private sector, workforce institutions, national organizations, and Ugandan leaders to change perceptions of youth.