Farming Our Way Out of Youth Unemployment!

June 27, 2013
Hosted by Tope Fajingbesi, CPA

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Approximately 65% of Africans are below the age of 35, making Africa the continent with the most youthful population in the world. A youthful population that is gainfully employed is a strong key to economic development, peace and security. On the contrary, an unemployed body of young people is a recipe for disaster because youthful energy will then be channeled towards crime and conflicts. In fact, a recent survey showed that about 40% of those who join rebel movements say they are motivated by a lack of jobs. Unfortunately, majority of young people in Africa are either unemployed or under employed. The International labor Organization reports that 70% of Africa’s youths live on less than $2 a day. On this episode of Impact Africa we will show how Agriculture, an occupation that is becoming less desirable due to increasing trend in urban migration may be the best key to solve the problem of unemployment among Africa’s youth.

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Tope Fajingbesi, CPA

Tope Fajingbesi, CPA

I am an international Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant based in Washington, D.C. I have 15 years of accounting and financial management experience working with Big Four public accounting firms, Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations across the USA and Africa. I also hold a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to my professional accounting career, I co-founded and serve as the Volunteer Executive Director of United for Kids Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit dedicated to providing educational and healthcare opportunities to less-privileged children in Nigeria.

In addition to creating a much better world for children from low-income families through United for Kids Foundation, my other life mission is teaching personal finance concepts in clear and easy-to-understand language, because I sincerely believe that good personal finance practices lead to better business management, and stronger businesses create strong communities. I particularly enjoy working on programs that develop and celebrate my home continent, Africa. I write a personal finance column in Azizah magazine, visit Nigeria regularly and blog about personal finance at www.ourfinancialcoach.com. My book titled “What Color Is Your Money?” was released in April, 2013.

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