Scaling Up Youth Employment in Agriculture Initiative

In Zambia and Zimbabwe, due to a mismatch between the skills they have and those in demand, youth cannot access or create economic opportunities and overlook those available. The project builds skills and matches youth with firms, markets and finance to create more and better (self)-employment in agri-food, renewable energy and emerging sectors, contributing to Swiss priorities on human and economic development and climate change. This is a contribution implemented by SNV.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Sambia und Simbabwe
Beschäftigung & Wirtschaftsentwicklung
Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherheit
Schaffung von Arbeitsplätzen
Landwirtschaftliche Dienstleistungen & Markt
01.05.2024 - 30.04.2028
CHF  4’600’000
Hintergrund Southern Africa has a youth demographic bulge at the backdrop of precarious employment opportunities and climate change challenges. Growth experienced in the region has not been pro-poor with women and youth faring worse. Gaps exist in the translation of available policies into desired results for the youth. Even though Zambia and Zimbabwe are comparable on the policy situation, the market conditions are starkly different with Zambia’s being more favourable compared to Zimbabwe’s. Zimbabwe comparatively faces major sociopolitical and economic environment ills.
Ziele The overall goal is to improve livelihood and future prospects for additional 24’000 youth (11’000 in Zimbabwe and 13’000 in Zambia, at least 50% being young women) and 120’000 indirect beneficiaries, by creating green (self)-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in agri-food, renewable energy and emerging sectors.

The primary target group is unemployed and under-employed out-of-school young people between 18 and 30 years with the majority being those between 21 and 26.

The secondary target group includes various institutions and organisations whose capacity will be strengthened by the project.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Outcome 1: Additional 24’000 out of school youth (at least 50% young women) improve their employability skills. Youth with improved employability skills are matched with market opportunities and mentored into self-employment and enterprise development.

Outcome  2: Improved ecosystem’s effectiveness (public, private and civil service providers and private sector companies) in providing employability and employment opportunities. Over 13’000 young people enter new jobs or markets.

Outcome 3: Improved youth employment policy environment at national level via company partnerships, household and community engagement, and improved government coordination and implementation resulting in more effective strategies for youth employability and employment creation.


Erwartete Resultate:  

  • Additional 24’000 youth benefit from financial, basic life (or soft) skills, and business courses.
  • Of the total youths, 12’000 receive guidance, coaching, and support in developing key skills and competencies necessary for employment or entrepreneurship.
  • Average yearly earnings increase to USD 720 from USD 290 and USD 216 for male and female youth respectively.
  • Above 2’000 new youth-led enterprises are formed or established
  • 16 localised policy forums where youth are engaged and consulted

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

  • Skill development to over 23’000 young people (about 15’000 (54%F) in Zimbabwe and over 8’000 (49%F) in Zambia).
  • Over 10’000 jobs (over 5’000 in Zimbabwe and over 4’000 in Zambia). 
  • Increased participants’ incomes by an average of 80% (88% Zimbabwe/71% in Zambia).
  • Gender income disparity narrowed from 29% at baseline to 17% at ending in Zambia with Zimbabwe having insignificant shifts as they were near null at baseline.
  • Over ¾ of young people went into the informal sector whereas almost ¼ worked in the formal sector.

Lessons learnt include the need to engage in select value chains supported by enterprise and market development. The diversity and varied needs of the youth also emerged as crucial driving elements for business aspirations and desired pathways for employment.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Internationale oder ausländische NGO
  • Andere internationale oder ausländische NGO Norden
  • Ausländischer Privatsektor Süden/Osten
  • SNV – Netherlands Development Organisation (contribution)

Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren Strategic knowledge institutions, private companies, youth focused Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
Within SDC portfolio in Zambia and Zimbabwe the Energy and Environment Partnership Africa (EEP) Trust Fund and Urban Food Security and Resilience Building Project.
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    4’600’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    450’000 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   4’802’233 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF   18’560’000
Projektphasen Phase 2 01.05.2024 - 30.04.2028   (Laufende Phase) Phase 1 01.08.2018 - 31.12.2023   (Completed)