The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) tasked Making Cents International with the YouthPower Learning initiative, which generates and disseminates knowledge about the implementation and impact of positive youth development (PYD) and cross-sectoral approaches in international development. Under the YouthPower Buy-in Project, Nigeria, Making Cents International began to investigate youth workforce and youth participation in the agricultural value chain in Africa.
TEP Centre carried out a rapid assessment of young people aged 18 – 29 years old (male and female) living in rural, peri-urban, and urban areas using the Focus Group Discussion method. The focus groups were carried out in three states (Lagos, Rivers and Kano), with the objective of ascertaining how young people earn their livelihoods, and how they perceive their future in agriculture and employment. The rapid assessment provided insight into Nigerian youth perception and participation in the agricultural value chain.