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August 6, 2019Knowledge Portal
2019 Rural Development Report: Creating opportunities for rural youth

This report attempts to inform policies, programmes, and investments to promote a rural transformation that is inclusive of rural youth. Rural youth development is powered by improvements in three mutually-reinforcing factors: productivity, connectivity and agency. To improve opportunities for rural youth policies and investments have to be integrated into national and local strategies, policies and programmes. »

Embeddeness in Context: reflecting on the “enabling” environment for youth agripreneurship
May 7, 2019Expert opinion
Embeddeness in Context: reflecting on the “enabling” environment for youth agripreneurship
Theme: Youth in agrofood systems

Entrepreneurship in agriculture is often touted as one of the innovative approaches to addressing poverty and food insecurity in developing and emerging economies. It is also considered a means out of unemployment for the rapidly increasing youth population in many developing economies. The challenge for entrepreneurs in agriculture, or “agripreneurs”, is to innovate and spawn ideas and approaches to spur on agricultural production to meet future demand; this challenge is particularly targeted at unemployed youth, who are expected to rise to the challenge not only of farming, but of being entrepreneurial. »

October 11, 2018Knowledge Portal
Gendered aspirations and occupations among rural youth, in agriculture and beyond: A cross-regional perspective

This paper explores rural young women’s and men’s occupational aspirations and trajectories in India, Mali, Malawi, Morocco, Mexico, Nigeria and the Philippines. Rural youth predominantly aspires formal blue and white-collar jobs. Some young men aspired to engage in agriculture, young women did not due to gender norms. »

August 21, 2018Knowledge Portal
How digital apps and services are boosting rural youth employment

In this blog by FAO, several digitial innovations examples are mentioned that are stimulating youth back to agriculture. There are already new ways of working in agriculture that harnesses digital and technological innovations, rendering it more efficient and, not as a small byproduct, providing new opportunities and services for young entrepreneurs. »

August 1, 2018Knowledge Portal
The future of rural youth in developing countries

This study aims to shed light on the potential of local value chains to create more, better and sustainable jobs for rural youth in developing countries. Rural youth are turning their backs on small-scale agriculture, yet a growing local and regional demand for food represents a unique untapped opportunity. »

July 2, 2018Knowledge Portal
Agricultural policy, employment opportunities and social mobility in rural Malawi

This article investigates the question of how the youth and policy-makers view agricultural development as a means of social mobility for youth in Malawi. It is argued that Malawi is missing the strategic policy direction by not implementing non-traditional agriculture interventions that would engage the youth in a bid to reduce massive youth unemployment. »