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Youth in Agri-Food

In developing countries, over 60% of the population is below the age of 25, and those youth populations show no sign of stopping. In these countries, the youth play an important role in meeting the future challenges on access, availability and use of food in the context of trends of population growth, urbanization, globalization and climate change.

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The F&BKP Office noticed a demand from Dutch and related actors working on food security in developing countries that they have an interest in the role of youth in agri-food systems. In response to this growing interest of engaging with youth, the F&BKP have started to explore the work of (international) organizations on youth in agri-food systems, to identify the key themes, synergies and knowledge questions.

A mapping has been created by the F&BKP. It’s an inventory of the ambitions of key international organizations in the field of development that engage with youth in food systems. The exploration also gives a first glance of subthemes that various actors in the field of youth and agriculture focus their work on. It furthermore outlines key knowledge questions on engaging youth in agriculture and food systems that can be abstracted from the work of various organizations. It is based on document research and a short inquiry in the F&BKP network.

The F&BKP will further identify current knowledge needs on this topic in order to stimulate more synergy in this field and to create a coherent knowledge agenda for further follow-up.

Recent Youth in Agri-Food articles
Moving forward on youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation
December 20, 2016Knowledge activity
Moving forward on youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

Many policies and programs are being implemented that should bring youth back to work in agriculture, but they are often underpinned by assumptions that could undermine the effective augmentation of food security and employment. To start the discussion by shedding some light on the do’s and don’ts when working with youth, we organized two meetings on youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation. »

Youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation
December 6, 2016Study
Youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

Africa’s rapid population growth of youth is increasingly becoming a key priority on the development agenda. Looking at the cases of Mali, Kenya and Ghana, a quick scan study of the F&BKP, INCLUDE and AgriProFocus provides some new insights into the challenges of the agricultural sector, food security and youth unemployment. »

Report exploring youth in agriculture meeting
June 8, 2016Knowledge activity
Report exploring youth in agriculture meeting
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

On May 12, the F&BKP and the AgriProFocus network used their complementary strengths to organize a meeting on youth in agriculture to facilitate alignment and coherence in concrete activities of different stakeholders in this field, and to identify possible knowledge questions. »

Job opportunities for youth in Africa's agricultural transformation
May 24, 2016Study
Job opportunities for youth in Africa’s agricultural transformation
By: multiple authors Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

Youth comprise an increasingly high portion of Africa’s population. Yet a large part of Africa’s youth are currently unemployed. The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) together with the INCLUDE Platform for Inclusive Development Policies have written a policy paper that looks at the potential of promoting youth employment within processes of inclusive agriculture transformation. »

Embassy workshop: Passionate youth for agricultural development
April 7, 2016Knowledge activity
Embassy workshop: Passionate youth for agricultural development
By: multiple authors Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

Combatting youth unemployment in developing countries has become a priority issue of policy agendas. In the context of increased global food insecurity, emphasis has been put on engaging youth in agricultural development. »

New F&BKP exploration on youth in agriculture
March 21, 2016Study
New F&BKP exploration on youth in agriculture
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

In developing countries, over 60% of the population is below the age of 25, and those youth populations show no sign of stopping. In these countries, the youth play an important role in meeting the future challenges on access, availability and use of food in the context of trends of population growth, urbanization, globalization and climate change. »

The role of agri-entrepreneurship and farming innovations for youth in agriculture engagement
February 17, 2016Knowledge activity
The role of agri-entrepreneurship and farming innovations for youth in agriculture engagement
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

On January 20 a seminar was organized on the topic of entrepreneurship and innovations in developing countries for young peoples’ involvement in farming. Participants were mid-career professionals from Africa and Asia as well as Netherlands-based professionals representing knowledge, policy and private institutes. »

The future of our food
January 14, 2016Knowledge activity
The future of our food
By: F&BKP Office Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

On December 9, a seminar was held at CDI Wageningen on the topic of youth in agriculture. This item describes the results of the debates and highlights potential knowledge questions and activities that could emerge around the topic. »

Youth employment and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
November 19, 2015Expert opinion
Youth employment and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
By: David Suttie Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

This expert opinion written for the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, underlines that agriculture has an important role to play in tackling the youth unemployment challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa. »