Agriculture is the backbone of the East African regional economy, as it accounts for about 32% of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Growth in the agriculture sector helps raise incomes, creates employment opportunities, reduces poverty, and accounts for about 70% of employment opportunities in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Despite being a field vibrant with youth-driven innovations, the people engaged in agriculture are typically the elderly, and the number of youth with jobs in agriculture continues to drop.  Why are the youth shying away from agriculture? How can agriculture be made ‘cool’ for the youth?

It’s your turn to have your say.  Tell us in no more than 500 words about opportunities for youth to prosper in agriculture and agro-business.

About the Contest:
Now in its third year, the #Blog4Dev Contest is an idea-sharing platform for youth in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.  This year, the World Bank wants you to share your thoughts on youth and agriculture.  For a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. in April 2017, answer the following question in an original blog of no more than 500 words:  To farm or not to farm: What opportunities exist for youth to prosper in agriculture and agro-business? 
 
Submit the blog by January 15, 2017
 
Who are eligible?
Must be a Kenyan, Rwandese or Ugandan citizen residing in your home country, and between the age of 18-28 years. 

How will the winning entries be selected?
A panel of judges made up of World Bank staff in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will review the submissions to determine the winning entries. 

The winning submissions will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: 
  • Originality and creativity
  • Clarity
  • Practicality
  • Potential for scale-up
 
Awards:
1.  Prize: A trip to the Washington, DC, April 21-23, 2017
2.  The top five blog submissions in each country will be published on the World Bank Africa’s blog Nasikiliza, and also promoted in social media channels.

 Any questions?  Please contact us at: blog4dev@worldbank.org

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