By: Joseph Kamau
Joblessness has remained to be one of the most daunting problem facing the youths in Kenya. Thousands of youths have been migrating from Rural to Urban centers in search of white-collar jobs which in most cases have become elusive.
The perceptions still held by the youths that agribusiness is a ‘poor man’s occupation’ has been making them reluctant to take vacations in this sector. Crucially, urbanization has created a sharp rise in demand for food and other agricultural products.
Due to this, is affirmative that youth venturing into this industry will be a solid solution for unemployment. This will help them earn a decent living and cut joblessness. Agribusiness is a wealth-creating sector and those who have already ventured into it have been earning more than their contemporaries who are doing white collar jobs since it has been enabling them to get good returns from their produces.
Although youths may not have the finances to venture into agriculture, they can come together by forming groups and benefit from grants offered by the government such as Youth Enterprise Fund and from Uwezo Fund which is a flagship programme for vision 2030.