Youth in Agriculture

Accelerating Youth, Education & Innovation in Agribusiness for Sustainable Development

Involvement of local youth in developing agri-food value chains is key to face the challenges of an increasingly knowledge-intensive agriculture, while at the same time providing local employment and meet the needs of a growing global population. This will retain local human capital where it is needed most, and will reduce migration flows.

Should we stop talking about “youth”?

Youth and young people are becoming a hot topic among development donors and actors. But who exactly do these "labels" apply to, and are they too broad for effective policies? Or do they create too narrow a focus which is blind to larger structural issues?

How to Inspire a Generation of Farming Entrepreneurs

The African work force is growing and is estimated to be around one billion people by 2040. At the same time, there is a growing demand for varied and nutritious food. This makes it necessary to build a successful agribusiness that will not only provide food for Africa, but also jobs and wealth for young African entrepreneurs.

As The World’s Farmers Age, New Blood Is Needed

With an aging population of farmers, it’s clear that agriculture needs to attract more young people.

Making Agriculture Attractive Again: Trees+Farms+Youth

Despite research which has shown agroforestry’s evolving role in helping to combat food insecurity and climate change, it has yet to be included in many national policies. In India, for example, a country where 65 percent of the timber and almost half of its fuel wood is sourced from trees on farms and outside forests, the government has approved a policy in support of agroforestry.

International Youth Symposium on Creative Agriculture (IYSCA)

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IYSCA 2016 provides a platform for University students to discuss and share their knowledge, expertise and experience on the principles, instruments and issues related to ideas towards the significance of the agricultural and related sciences interaction. IYSCA 2016 brings theme “Creative Agriculture”.

Engaging Youth In Agriculture – The Key To A Food Secure Future?

Engaging youth in agriculture has been a prominent topic recently and has risen up the development agenda, as there is growing concern worldwide that young people have become disenchanted with agriculture.

Farming Opportunities For Young People In Kenya (YESA - project)

According to a recent survey by the Institute of Economic Affairs, young people under the age of 34 make up 78.3 percent of the Kenyan population. Farm Africa’s Youth Empowerment in Sustainable Agriculture (YESA) project is working to build young people’s interest in agricultural enterprises.

Denting Youth Unemployment Through Agriculture

Agriculture is not glamorous. It suffers from entrenched negative perceptions. In the minds of many African youths, a farmer is someone like their parents, doing backbreaking labour in the fields and getting little to show for it. Nonetheless, agriculture is the engine driving many African economies.

Youth, Technology And Startups Are Transforming Agriculture In Africa

Young African entrepreneurs, startups, hubs and business incubators from across the continent are the protagonists of a revolutionary movement capable of becoming the new model of sustainable development. Many of the solutions proposed by this growing network use technology to achieve their goals.