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
Youth and agriculture: challenges and solutions for
Challenges of young farmers
Publication ‘Youth and agriculture: challenges and
solutions for new programmes.
Document success stories of youth in
Provide solutions for overcoming core
challenges related to engagement in
FAO-CTA-IFAD Joint Publication
Meet Eloï Tegba Toi from Togo
Youth day of
Case studies on youth and ICTs.
• Distance learning in Brazil
• Youth resource centers in Zambia
• ICTs for extension services in Ghana and Kenya
• Connecting input providers-producers-buyers
• Market price information services in Ghana
• Crowdfunding in Grenada
• E-discussions and social reporting worldwide