2nd Africa Rural Development Forum

The NEPAD Agency with the support of and in collaboration with OECD, CIRAD and other partners including FAO, GIZ and AfDB will host the 2nd Africa Rural Development Forum in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 8 to 10 September 2016.


Although increased attention has been paid to the continent’s fast urbanization process, Africa’s population remains predominantly rural, with six out of ten people living in rural areas (UN, 2014). More importantly, the slow pace of Africa’s demographic transition implies that this rural population will keep growing for the next decades. In the context of youth employment and its attendant dynamics (rural development, farming systems and agriculture food markets, food consumption both domestically and internationally, rural development and agribusiness), especially in Africa, agricultural development along the value chain offers one of the opportunities to create the best impetus for engaging emerging ‘African youth’ for inclusive growth in Africa. Targeted capacity building on youth entrepreneurship and youth empowerment is required to ensure that the private sector skills gaps are addressed, and that through youth empowerment initiatives the necessary intangible aspects such as leadership abilities, personal development and other life skills training are improved.


The 2nd Africa Rural Development Forum will be held under the theme “Transforming Africa’s Rural Space through Youth Empowerment, Job Creation and Skills Development.” The Conference will provide a platform for exchange and peer learning on experiences and insights in catalyzing and fostering job creation and skills development in rural based agri and non-agri-systems as key components to advance rural development.


  1. To raise awareness of the magnitude of the challenges that Africa is facing in coming decades; as well as the need for transformational development strategies based on multi-sectoral, place-based and participatory approaches, for job creation.
  2. To review and share lessons on available tools and methodologies for designing and implementing multi-sectoral, place-based, and participatory strategies and projects for youth employment.
  3. To support the potential creation of added value and decent jobs for young people in the informal economy, and to propose relevant measures and public policies to achieve the ambitions structural transformation of Africa economies on the basis of sectors and niches, and their training and skills needs and inclusive financing for youth and entrepreneurs.
  4. To support member states in aligning employment policies with their growth and development agenda


Mr Abraham Sarfo | abraham.sarfo@nepad.org


Ms Eliane Ngnasoke | elianen@nepad.org

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Ricardo Z Dunn | Ricardod@nepad.org

Millicent Kgeledi | Millicents@nepad.org 

Source: NEPAD