This report demonstrates how employment in one sector – agro-food – can provide economic opportunities and improve livelihoods of young people in the MENA region, with a special focus on Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

Young people, the demographic group aged 15-24, represent more than one-third of the total population in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As such, they are one of the region’s biggest assets. The crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic has hit young people in MENA particularly hard, compromising the quantity and quality of education, impeding transitions to the labour market and undermining longer term employment opportunities. As the region recovers from the pandemic and faces new challenges – including the disruption of global food value chains and climate change – it is critical to ensure that young people have access to attractive employment opportunities and are equipped with the right skills, in order to be resilient to ongoing structural transformations and to any new shocks.



More Publications