The need for youth employment creation across the spheres of Nigeria has been long awaited with the ever-increasing unemployment rate. Youth agri-preneurs have over the years suffered neglect in their quest to contribute to food security and job creation especially in the rural areas of Nigeria. Multi-stage random sampling procedure was used in the selection of 180 rural youth agri-preneurs for the study. Data were collected with the aid of a structured questionnaire. Results from the analysis showed that 55% of the respondents had at least secondary education, 85% of them have had between 6 and 10 years of farming experience, and 90% of the respondents do not belong to co-operatives. Furthermore, the study identified that the respondents engaged in 6 major agricultural enterprises. About 41% of them indicated that “to diversify their sources of income” was the major reason they engaged in the entrepreneurial activities. Family support (57.8%) was their major source of fund as they noted that lack of marketing of their activities/produce was the greatest challenge they faced. It is therefore recommended that the youths should form/join co-operative societies or other social groups so as to enable them be heard as one in the region.
Keywords: Rural youth employment, agri-preneurship, sustainable agriculture.