The food economy can create more jobs for West African youth


The food economy has particularly strong potential to accelerate job creation, and should therefore attract greater policy attention. In order to unleash this potential, the food sector needs appropriate strategies, investments and policies. “This involves endorsing three key principles: 1) Moving beyond agriculture and rural areas; 2) Taking spatial factors into account; and 3) Dealing with informality, aiming for inclusiveness,” explain Léopold Ghins and Koffi Zougbédé from the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) in an article published on the OECD Development Matters blog. “The food economy is also a powerful entry point to advance the broader structural transformation of the region. It is a promising terrain for policymakers seeking to address one of West Africa’s most pressing development challenges,” the authors conclude.


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