Yearning to farm – Youth, agricultural intensification and land in Mkushi, Zambia

The aim of this article is to problematise the positionality of youth with respect to agricultural livelihoods hence contributing to the theoretical as well as policy-based debates surrounding the potential role of youth in processes of agricultural intensification in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research highlights:

  • Youth headed households in Mkushi, Zambia have been compared with other households – there are no differences in yields based on age.
  • Technology use and skills position young households well in agriculture.
  • Independent access to land is necessary to participate in agriculture.
  • Parents who deny their children land benefit from selling or renting land to others , distrust their children or want to control them.

This pdf is of an original article published in the Journal of Rural Studies and is made available here under Creative Commons.

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