WFP to support youth employment in Kenya

World Food Programme (WFP) has a new concept of boosting youth employment in Kenya and at the same time rooting to replicate the same in four other African countries.

The disclosure was made on Friday by the WFP Representative and Kenya Country Director Madam Annalisa Conte when she paid the Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Amb Ukur Yatani a courtesy at his office in Nairobi.

“There cannot be food security if there are people who are unemployed. Youth unemployment is a big challenge in Africa but this can also be an opportunity,” observed Ms Conte.

The two discussed matters of mutual interest including youth employment especially in rural areas, and how best low income individuals can access economic and social support.

On his part the CS pointed out that the demand for technical jobs in the country was growing but supply of skilled labour remains in adequate hence the need to train youths in technical areas.

“Through this we will be able to give the youth advantage in the job market,” he said.

The CS at the same time pledged full cooperation with WFP considering that the National Employment Authority falls under his ministry’s docket.

WFP also works with the government to implement programmes designed to promote greater food security reaching over 2.3 million Kenyans annually.