AGRI-ENTREPRENURSHIP CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION, YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT AND IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE SHAPE -Agri-entrepreneurship Systemic Action Learning and Action Research (SALAR) Agriculture is the main economic activity of most African countries. Agripreneurship with innovative technologies addresses the interlinked challenges of unemployment, food insecurity and climate change. The challenges local farmers face in Africa could be addressed by involving technology-talented youth, particularly students.  In South Africa, smallholder farmers lack theoretical knowledge, technical expertise and advisory services to increase production and adapt to climate change.  However, using innovative and sustainable technologies can help improve production. For example, in the recent past, KwaZulu-Natal has experienced two bouts of flooding. The floods highlighted the urgency of building capacity in the agri-food system, particularly among the next generation of farmers, to address the immediate, medium and long-term impacts of climate change. The SHAPE -Agri-entrepreneurship Systemic Action Learning and Action Research (SALAR) project has researched the challenges facing young and emerging farmers. The project partnership between the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Swansea University UK, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), University of Cape Coast and @Liv Agriculture- LIV Village aims to unlock opportunities within the agricultural sector in South Africa. Findings from the investigation on challenges faced by young and emerging farmers in KwaZulu-Natal province, specifically in the Durban area, identified barriers such as access to capital and finance, farmland, information and skills development opportunities, contemporary farming technologies, and issues on entrepreneurial processes and practices.   The project is also working towards creating a new post-graduate curriculum for University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Honours and Masters students. The action learning and action research post-graduate programme in agricultural entrepreneurship to tackle climate change issues will be domiciled at UKZN and supported by Swansea University. Working directly with the farmers, the students will access the field and develop research outputs that address climate change challenges and inequalities. Improving productivity through intelligent and sustainable technologies and developing localised solutions that the youth can widely adopt in the Agricultural sector will provide employment opportunities for them