Skip navigation

Introduction: the young people and agriculture ‘problem’ in Africa

Introduction: the young people and agriculture ‘problem’ in Africa

Sumberg, James, Anyidoho, Nana Akua, Leavy, Jennifer, te Lintelo, Dolf J.H. and Wellard, Kate ORCID: 0000-0003-4397-5361 (2012) Introduction: the young people and agriculture ‘problem’ in Africa. IDS Bulletin, 43 (6). pp. 1-8. ISSN 0265-5012 (Print), 1759-5436 (Online) (doi:

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


In introducing this collection of articles we argue that policy framing and policy responses to the ‘problem’ of young people and agriculture in Africa are hampered by a lack of research and evidence that is theoretically and historically informed, conceptually sound and context sensitive. The result is policy that is well intentioned, but unlikely to address the underlying social or agricultural concerns. To address this we outline a research agenda that places the notion of ‘opportunity space’ at centre stage. We suggest that an analysis of the changing structure of opportunity space for young people in agriculture and agri-food in the context of broader agrarian transitions will be particularly useful. Social difference as it affects young people's ability to exploit the agri-food opportunity space must be central to this analysis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Article first published online: 18 OCT 2012. [2] Issue first published: November 2012. [3] Published as: IDS Bulletin, (2012) Special Issue: Young People and Agriculture in Africa, Volume 43 (6), pp. 1–8. [4] The IDS Bulletin is published on behalf of the nstitute of Development Studies.
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy responses, young people, agriculture, Africa, social concerns, agricultural concerns, research agenda, opportunity space, agri-food, agrarian transitions
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Related URLs:
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 19:32

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item