On 23 May, INCLUDE will co-host a side-panel at the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) annual conference in Lusaka, Zambia. This panel, entitled ‘Jobs for women and young people – the transformative potential of agribusiness’, builds on the concept of agribusiness, which lies at the heart of the AfDB’s strategy for transforming Africa’s agriculture sector. The panel will discuss how employment for women and youth can be promoted within agribusiness.
The panel discussion will touch on two of the main themes of INCLUDE: productive employment and social protection. The challenge is to make agribusiness not only create more jobs, but create decent jobs that stimulate inclusive development. Moreover, social protection, when integrated in agricultural development policies, can serve as a catalyst for the employment of women and youth.
Yet, several questions remain: What is the potential of agribusiness for employment in Africa? How can jobs for women and youth be best created through agribusiness? How does social protection relate to agricultural productivity? And how can investments in social protection become beneficial?
To answer these questions, INCLUDE has published a series of ‘one pagers’ that provide evidence on a wide range of issues:
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