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Female youth agripreneurs in the field, gathering data on pearl millet.

ICT adoption can increase crop productivity among young farmers in Tanzania!

Studies have shown that the involvement of Africa’s youth in rural development and agriculture will not only boost food security on the continent but also strategically provide solutions to the prevailing problem of unemployment plaguing African societies. However, youth participation in these areas in most African countries is very low. Many factors are responsible for this, including the amount of physical exertion, lack of infrastructure, low financial returns, and lack of access to improved seed varieties.

Until recently, many in Africa viewed agriculture as a sector meant for the aged and least educated. This perception increased the apathy of youth to engage professionally in agriculture.

A major factor that can influence the involvement of youth in agriculture by driving participatory communication is the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs). A recent study carried out in Tanzania reveals that one of the problems facing young farmers in the country is the limited access to research-extension processes that can help with productivity.

According to Sylvester Jotta, a researcher under the Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in Policy for Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa project, research-extension dissemination with the use of ICTs is key to the delivery of services in rural Tanzania. The study also showed young farmers have limited interaction with important actors, such as agricultural training and research institutes, seed agencies, and financial institutions.

Female youth agripreneurs in the field, gathering data on pearl millet.

Despite the high rate of economic growth in Tanzania in recent years, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), this has not had an encouraging effect on employment opportunities for the growing youth population. With many of the rural youth in Tanzania faced with turning to agriculture as a means of employment and livelihood, ICTs are providing help with crop productivity by expanding communication, cooperation, and ultimately innovation. According to Jotta, ICTs such as mobile phones and computers are driving participatory communication as organizations are using them to deliver services to larger numbers of rural people than they could reach before.

The study, which focused on the adoption of ICTs in crop productivity by young farmers in rural Tanzania, recommends that to enhance crop productivity among young farmers, facilitating interactions among key stakeholders such as farmers, researchers, extension agents, input suppliers, traders, processors, and policymakers should be a priority in government intervention programs and policies.

The results from Jotta’s study also indicate that adopters of ICTs had higher crop yields compared to non-adopters. This signifies that promoting crop productivity among young farmers in Tanzania requires access to related information and knowledge, which can be adequately disseminated with ICT facilities like phones and computers.

This research is one of several studies carried out by young Africans under the IITA-implemented CARE project, which the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) sponsors across 10 countries. CARE is proffering solutions to issues around youth engagement in rural economic activities and addresses the interrelated issues of implementing quality research and disseminating the results to stakeholders, which include policymakers in Africa.

CGIAR-IITAICTIFADIITA CAREIITA News no. 2550ILOtanzania

Communications • 4th September 2020


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