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News Security Beat, the blog of the Wilson Center, published an article by Tizai Mauto that synthesizes Landesa’s youth land rights work in Liberia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. He argues for securing youth land rights as a means to create work opportunities for Africa’s under- and unemployed youth while stimulating agricultural productivity.

Access to land is both a critical component and a fundamental barrier to productive youth engagement in agriculture. If properly harnessed, Africa’s nearly 420 million youth—including more than 200 million who reside in rural areas—will be the continent’s greatest asset and its engine to grow agricultural productivity and food security while reducing poverty.

More than 65 per cent of youths (defined as ages 15-34) in Tanzania find employment in agriculture, but they lack the proper foundations and equal opportunities to reach their full potential. They face immense challenges when it comes to accessing land, as they are effectively precluded from participating in sustainable agricultural practices and using technology to improve production.