The Significance of Youth Participation in Agribusiness in Kenya

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2022
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Ikpea, Caroline
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The purpose of this study is to evaluate the nature of the level of youth participation and to gauge the significance of youth participation in agribusiness in Kenya. I illuminate these by emphasizing the importance and benefits of agribusiness if youths fully participate in it in Kenya. Most importantly, this study attempts to provide policy recommendation that could help build youths participation on a long term. This is to ensure that the youths are engaged in the sector, so it does not lack hands. The research design I adopt for this research is qualitative method of research. I use qualitative method of research to observe thoughts, behaviors, and the belief of the mass society. Qualitative method of research according to Ramesh includes interviews, documents, questionnaires, and various documents. Furthermore, all information used to establish this project was collected from various websites, journals, articles, books, and research papers. The results and findings gathered from this project points that despite the potential of the agriculture sector for improving the lives of the youths, there are hinderances that disrupts the youths from participating in agriculture and agribusiness. These hinderances include negative perception, access to finance, access to information and access to land use. Although, some agriculture favorable policies exist in Kenya, but it does not include the youths in policy dialogue. Hence, a holistic approach towards the problem of noninvolvement of the youth in the sector needs to be employed most importantly through policy amendments.

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Agriculture, Youth participation, Agribusiness, Kenya
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Political Science and Geography