Youth Centered Value Chain Analysis

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
What is it?

This youth-sensitive value chain assessment aims to assess the current engagement of youth in specific value chains in selected value chains in the Kenyan counties of Siaya and Kakamega, as well as the specific challenges that youth face and the opportunities that could be tapped into for the generation of more and better jobs. The specific value chains analysed are dairy, fish, poultry, and soya in Kakamega and avocado, fish, poultry, and mango in Siaya.


This study made a number of recommendations. One key recommendation that cut across all the value chains was the need for enhanced financial linkages to enable youth acquire capital to start a business, acquire equipment and raw materials. In addition, training and capacity building of youth to identify and take advantage of opportunities remains a complementary strong need, both for them to initiate a business and to work as wage workers or service providers. Across value chains and counties, the need to monitor working conditions, wages and informality with a gender lens is also a priority in order to guarantee productive and decent work opportunities for the youth in the sector.