Two out of three inhabitants are under 25 years of age and 44% of its population is under the age of 15. 70% of the youth resides in rural areas and employed African youth work primarily in the agricultural sector, where they account for 5% of the workforce. Young African men and women are critical to the development of agriculture in Africa and for efforts to ensure food security.
The YATE Programme, which has evolved into the YATE Business Model aims at tapping into the creativity and energy of youth, empowering them to contribute to rural economies, better nutritional values and the agriculture of developing countries. PROGRAMME POLICY, STRATEGY AND SUSTAINABILITYINTRODUCTIONWithin the developing agenda of Ghana, agriculture is identified as one of the economic pillars.
Development must include the youth and therefore the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) seeks to encourage their participation in the agricultural sector. This effort seeks to change the negative perception the youth have of participation in agriculture, (farmers) as uneducated, unskilled, physical labourers with extremely low economic return. Modern agriculture is more than tilling the soil and animals. The sector today offers career opportunities in research, environment, financial management, engineeri.