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MasterCard to provide 15,000 jobs in Nigeria, Tanzania

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A five-year, $13 million collaboration between Michigan State University and The MasterCard Foundation will help 15,000 young people access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the fast-growing horticulture, aquaculture, poultry, cassava and oilseed sectors in Nigeria and Tanzania.

The partnership, the Agri- Food Youth Opportunity Lab, will focus on youth ages 18 to 24 in major food shed regions surrounding Lagos and Dar es Salaam.

The AgriFood Youth Lab will assist economically disadvantaged, hard-to-reach and out-ofschool youth transition into employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the agrifood system.

“Working with The Master- Card Foundation and African partners to address one of the most critical problems facing the continent — youth unemployment — reflects how we pursue MSU’s global vision,” said MSU President Lou Anna Simon.

“We see great potential to expand youth agrifood employment both on and off the farm.”

Over 60 per cent of Africa’s young people are jobless or underemployed and formal job creation efforts in Africa’s growing economies have been insufficient, according to African Economic Outlook.

Comprising 20 per cent of Africa’s population, Nigeria and Tanzania together represent an important opportunity for intervention in skills acquisition, job creation and employment for youth.

The programme will have a special focus on gender equity, aiming for equal representation of young men and women across its programmes.

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