A Land of Opportunity: Exploring the Potential of Drylands for Youth Employment

24 Jun 2021

The youth population in Africa is projected to reach 1.2 billion by 2030. Providing adequate employment opportunities for this number is a must for both human and environmental wellbeing. This Youth Daily Show, jointly organized by the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), explores the topic of youth unemployment in Africa and how dryland restoration, and more in general the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, can play a role in increasing employment opportunities for regional youth. Two young African leaders share their perspectives and stories, and together we explore how restoration can spark hope for dryland communities and nature.

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): Africa, development, drylands, economic growth, green jobs, jobs, population growth, restoration, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, youth, youth unemployment

Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands

Location(s): Africa

  • Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

  • The African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC)


  • Helina Teklu

    Co-founder , Climate Change Africa and Seed Bomb Ethiopia

  • Desmond Alugnoa

    Co-founder, Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO)