The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) received a three-year research grant for “Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa” funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
IITA has consequently announced 50 research fellowships.
This is an action-oriented fellowship for young academics and professionals, and students at the post-course work/research stage of their programs.
The research grant program seeks to contribute to policy development in youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa.
It is designed to provide opportunities to engage youth to improve the availability and use of evidence for youth policies and decision-making related to youth participation in agribusiness and rural economic activities by providing them with: funding, support, and the expertise of IITA’s scientists; skills and competencies in social and economic research; and a community of other fellows with whom to exchange ideas.
IIT seeks research fellows for the study of Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa.
Thematic areas include but NOT limited to the following:
Skills, and innovations, and entrepreneurships
intergenerational land transfer and youth engagement in agribusiness; youth-led agribusiness development in rural-urban continuum;
small town development and youth-led agribusiness; diversity, interaction and collective action among youth in agribusiness; migration and youth engagement in agribusiness;
rural youth migration and nutrition and food security of households of origin; remittances role in financing agribusiness.
Policies, markets, and institutions
regulations, standards on effectiveness of youth-led agribusiness; youth-inclusive agricultural extension services and cooperatives; youth-inclusive land tenure systems; efficient markets for youth-led agribusiness; incentives for youth-led agribusiness.
on youth-employment in agribusiness; engagement in agribusiness and wellbeing of youth; entrepreneurship promotion (e.g. media, organized youth groups, platforms, stakeholder forums, policy networks, alliances, and advocacy) and youth employment in agribusiness.
Apply by 19th December.
For more information and application details, see; Africa Youth Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities Research Grant
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