Africa’s lack of agricultural youth adds on to other sustainability challenges such as climate change, rural poverty and food insecurity. However, being the youngest continent, Africa could potentially turn this challenge into opportunities and rejuvenate its agricultural sector.
It’s nothing less than a phenomenon: Agribusiness TV, a web-based video channel that brings you news on successful young innovators in African agriculture.
AgTalks presents the latest thinking, trends and research on policies and innovation in small-scale farming. This session, titled "Whassup with Agriculture? Young innovators tell their stories" focuses on how young people are engaging in agriculture, and how more young people can be motivated to do the same.
I LRF Konsults årliga rapport Lantbruksbarometern syns tydligt att unga lantbrukare har störst tro på framtiden. 1000 lantbrukare från hela Sverige har intervjats av Sifo på uppdrag av LRF Konsult och Swedbank & Sparbankerna.
Rural youth are the future of food security. Yet around the world, few young people see a future for themselves in agriculture or rural areas. Rural youth face many hurdles in trying to earn a livelihood. Pressure on arable land is high in many parts of the world, making it difficult to start a farm.
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.
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.