According to the 2014 Ghana Living Standards Survey, 32% of the country’s 9 million youth population is unemployed. In the Northern Region, Ghana’s poorest and the area where Urbanet works, unemployment among young people aged 15-24 is thought to be 49%. High illiteracy rates (22%), low educational attainment (61% end their education at Junior High School), inadequate employability skills, lack of experience and lack of access to training opportunities force youth to migrate to the South in search of livelihoods opportunities. Agriculture, Ghana’s largest industrial sector, employs 42% of the economically active population aged 15 and over and is one of the few available sources of income in the Northern Region. Animal rearing accounts for about a third of the Agriculture’s contribution to GDP. Livestock rearing fulfills a range of functions in the community including food and non‐food products (milk, meat, eggs, wool, hair, manure for fuel and improving soil fertility) as well as generating income for most households.
The Urban Agriculture Network (Urbanet) is a network of small scale farmer organizations which promotes sustainable agronomic practices as a means to ensuring food security, sustainable and productive livelihoods and healthy environments. It was formally established in 2005 and it mainly works to strengthen the capacity of communities and especially the youth to access livelihood opportunities in agriculture. Urbanet’s Youth Empowerment and Skills Development Program trains youth in shea-butter, soymilk and rice processing as well as in animal rearing and provides them with support to set up their own businesses or form cooperatives within a range of value chains. ver the years, Urbanet has successfully established and sustained a micro-credit scheme with a current total client base of 1000 (majority women engaged in agro-processing) and 100% recovery rate.
EMpower’s 2nd grant to Urbanet trains young women as Animal Health Practitioners and help them secure a livelihood in the animal management value chain as expert professionals. The grant will also provide the youth with training in business management skills, ICT and a toolkit that would allow them to launch their businesses.
Primary Location: Tamale
Funded Since: 2015
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