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DevTalks: Youth and women employment in the food economy: The importance of territorial approaches



Monday, 4th October 2021, 13:00 – 14:00  - Register here

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The OECD Development Centre and the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD), in the framework of the World Food Forum, are pleased to invite you to a discussion on:

Youth and women employment in the food economy:
The importance of territorial approaches


Léopold Ghins, Policy Analyst, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD)

François Yatta, Program Director, Africa, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Acheampong Atta-Boateng, Co-Founder/Chief Scientific Officer at AgroFides Inc.

Somik V. Lall, Lead Urban Economist and Global Lead for Territorial and Spatial Development, Urban, DRM, Resilience and Land, World Bank

Larisa Akrofie, Program Partner, TVET and Skills at Mastercard Foundation

Nana Akua Anyidoho, Associate Professor, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana

Moderated by Koffi Zougbédé, Economist, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD)


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 This event is an official side event of the World Food Forum flagship event held over 5 days.
It will be held on a virtual platform – take note of the instructions received after registration.


There is no doubt as to the centrality of creating decent and sufficient employment opportunities in current policy debates in Africa. Over the past years governments across West Africa have launched countless policies and initiatives to support job creation and employment. For many governments, employment promotion is the most direct channel to achieve economic growth and reduce poverty. Moreover, beyond the critical importance for broader development objectives, such as economic and social development, productivity growth and social cohesion, jobs also matter at the individual level.

The SWAC/OECD Secretariat, and in collaboration the Dakar based think-tank Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) and Géo Conseil of the University of Niamey have carried-out a programme on youth and women employment in local food economies in West Africa. More than 1 500 food producers, processors, traders, young people and women have been interviewed for this programme to produce new data and gain a better understanding of local labour market dynamics. The project focused in particular on youth and women positioning on labour markets, constraints and aspirations. The results highlight the faced-paced transformations in local food economies and the crucial importance of local contexts in better understanding employment dynamics and designing effective policies. They underline the need to prioritize local food systems development strategies to boost job creation



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