Productive employment in rural farm and non-farm sectors in sub-Saharan Africa

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Guest editors

Alphonse Singbo, Ph.D.

Jourdain Lokossou

Luca Tiberti

Job creation is one of the drivers of poverty alleviation and food security. In rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, the farm sector has long been the main job provider. A number of theoretical and empirical studies that explored the possibilities of reducing the unemployment rate in rural areas underlined the importance of the non-farm sector in poverty alleviation in rural areas. However, there is relatively little evidence on the mechanisms and strategies that governments in sub-Saharan Africa could use to increase productive employment creation in the farm and non-farm sectors in rural areas. This collection of papers aims at contributing to the improvement of knowledge on effective job creation policies in rural areas.

The papers in this series explore the ex-ante and ex-post impacts of different public policies that aim at reducing rural unemployment. The policies analyzed range from facilitating access to resources (land, financing) to public financing (tax reduction, rural electrification, input subsidies). The studies were conducted by teams of local researchers in collaboration with international experts, thus focusing on the specificities of each country.

 

Key Themes:

  • Cross-country analysis of productive employment in rural area
  • Finance for productive employment opportunities for women
  • Rural Electrification and Women's Empowerment
  • Fertilizer-Subsidy Program on Income Growth, Productivity, and Employment
  • Rural Non-Farm Engagement and Agriculture Commercialization
  • The Economic and Social Impacts of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Fund
  • Investment strategy on growth, youth and women's employment

 

Contact the Guest Editors:

Alphonse Singbo, Ph.D.

Department of Agricultural economics and consumer science, Faculty of Food Science and Agriculture, Laval University

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Jourdain Lokossou

Ph.D. candidate at Laval University

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Luca Tiberti

Department of economics, University of Florence

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Submissions Deadline

January 31, 2022