Paula Nagler is Assistant Professor in Social Protection and Entrepreneurship at the Maastricht School of Management and PhD Fellow at UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University. Previous to her positions in Maastricht, she was a Policy Analyst at the OECD Development Centre in Paris. She also worked at the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in Brasília, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile.
Africa is the world’s youngest continent, with two-thirds of its labour force working on farms and at least another 15% in small rural enterprises.Can Africa’s rural economy create enough jobs for predominantly young job-seekers?
Entrepreneurship is ubiquitous in rural Africa. But why do rural households operate non-farm enterprises? How productive are they? And why do they exit the market?
Although governments and development agencies see farming as an important engine for job creation, rural non-farm businesses do not seem to generate enough work.