(In)decent work for youth in agro-industrial value chains in Uganda

Creating decent work is an important agenda for policymakers. In many low-income countries, most people work in the agricultural sector as smallholders, informal self-employment or micro-enterprises. Work in these sectors has varying degrees of decency. The commonly proposed strategies to enhance decency of work are increasing productivity and expanding opportunities, especially in the formal sector. This chapter assesses to what extent these strategies reflect the daily work of youth and women in Uganda and discusses the opportunities that exist to enhance the decency of work. It draws on documentation of INCLUDE’s African Policy Dialogues in Uganda’s agro-industrial value chains for cotton and fish.

This chapter appeared in Global Labour in Distress, Volume II. Palgrave Readers in Economics. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89265-4_15

Author(s) / editor(s)

Caspar Swinkels, Obadia Miroro, and Marleen Dekker

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Caspar Swinkels is a PhD candidate at the ASCL. 

Obadia Miroro is affiliated to the Co-operative University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.

Marleen Dekker is Professor of Inclusive Development in Africa at Leiden University.