Charlotte Goemans - Analysis of youth initiatives featured in the FAO/CTA/IFAD publication


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Presentation made during Workshop on Supporting ICT-based Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Agriculture organised by CTA on 19-21 November 2013

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  • Good morning everyone, in this session I would like to share some of the findings of FAO’s research on rural youth and how this guided us in our approach in working with rural youth. To illustrate our findings, I will also show two videos made by rural youth from the Philippines and from Togo with whom we work and that are part of successful producer groups. After my presentation, we will connect on skype with the two young people that made the videos.
  • In 2011, FAO in collaboration with MIJARC and IFAD conductedresearch on the challenges thatyoungfarmers and rural youththatwant to engage in agriculture face. This wasdonethrough on-line surveyswhichwere sent out to around 800 organizationsworldwide and wereceived more than 440 replies. The main challenges identified for youngfarmerswere the following: Some youth have land but lack finance to invest in their land. Youth are seen as a risk category by financial institutions and thus do not give loans easily. On top of this, youth often lack the required collateral (often land) to take out a loan. Youth lack access to land because of a few reasons: because of increased life expectancy, inheritance also happens at a later age. Population growth leads to ongoing sub-division of land. Additional challenges stated are access to markets. Youth often cannot counter other strong market actors because they are not sufficiently organized. They lack access to formal education systems but also to adequate agricultural trainings.
  • Thisis a lessknowndomain. But we know thatthere are young people who have successfullyovercomethese challenges. Wejustneed to go out there and findthis information and document it.
  • So FAO came up with the idea of the publication. But werealizedwecan not do thisalone. So a partnershipwasestablishedbetween IFAD-CTA-FAO building on ourdifferentstrenghts.
  • Charlotte Goemans - Analysis of youth initiatives featured in the FAO/CTA/IFAD publication

    1. 1. FAO-CTA-IFAD Publication Youth and agriculture: challenges and solutions for new programmes. Charlotte Goemans FAO
    2. 2. Challenges of young farmers Access to land Engagement in policy dialogue Access to education and information Access to financial services Access to markets
    3. 3. How to overcome these challenges?
    4. 4. Publication ‘Youth and agriculture: challenges and solutions for new programmes.  Objectives  Document success stories of youth in agriculture  Provide solutions for overcoming core challenges related to engagement in agriculture  Inspire youth practitioners  Raise awareness and development
    5. 5. FAO-CTA-IFAD Joint Publication FAO Network of Cooperatives IFAD CTA New youth projects ICTs and innovation
    6. 6. Meet Eloï Tegba Toi from Togo Youth Survey Senegal regional youth consultation Youth day of IFADs farmers forum Youth entrepreneurship project proposal Member of formulation mission Meet FAO Director General
    7. 7. Case studies on youth and ICTs. Information • Distance learning in Brazil • Youth resource centers in Zambia • ICTs for extension services in Ghana and Kenya Markets • Connecting input providers-producers-buyers in Kenya • Market price information services in Ghana Financial services Policy dialogue • Crowdfunding in Grenada • E-discussions and social reporting worldwide through YPARD
    8. 8. Thank you Charlotte GOEMANS FAO