Malawi has high youth unemployment rate and at the same time agribusiness employment opportunities. This study sought to analyse the determinants of youth unemployment in agribusiness employment opportunities in northern region of Malawi. The study was exploratory in nature and employed phenomenological qualitative design to generate in-depth information. The sample frame was district agribusiness officers and youth agribusiness clubs. Purposive and snow boll sampling were used to identify participants in different agribusinesses and geographical locations. Photovoice, focus group discussions and oral interviews were used to generate data. Data were analysed using content, discourse and thematic approaches. Education background was found to be one of the determinants that explain youth unemployment in agribusiness employment opportunities. The absence of practical agriculture and TEVET in primary and secondary schools deny learners skills needed for their future and also build negative perception towards agribusiness. A curriculum without practical agriculture and TEVET generally motivates learners towards ‘white collar jobs.’ Creating job seeking attitude than ‘green collar jobs,’ inspiring job creation through agribusiness. The majority of the youth drop out school in primary and secondary schools and without skills. The study recommended introduction of practical agriculture and TEVET in all primary and secondary schools in Malawi.
Key words: Youth unemployment, phenomenological qualitative approach, agribusiness, education wastage.
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