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Youth impact: A summary report from 2018

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The year of 2018 has been busy for SDSN Youth in Northern Europe. Although the Sustainable Development Solutions Network was only launched in 2017, it has developed quickly. More and more members are joining the community.

Their latest report highlighted SIANI’s Young Researchers Meeting as one of the impact cases.

Young Researchers Meeting on Rural Transformation

This workshop is organized every other year and this year’s meeting focused on rural transformation under three different sub-themes:

  1. Rural transformation and the role of smallholder farming
  2. Migration, looking into how mobility and money being sent back by relatives working abroad affects rural economies.
  3. Climate change, the effects of global warming and increased pressure for natural resources

For two days, the young researchers got a chance to present their own research work and get feedback from experts in the field. The meeting gathered 17 young and motivated individuals from different universities and institutions in Sweden, the UK, Kenya and Switzerland.

Organized by

This workshop was organized by SIANI and SLU Global, in coordination with the Nordic Africa Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Main learnings

The role of young farmers is essential for the future of both food security and for the economic future for rural areas. However, little research has been done about the aspirations of youth and what makes farming a future career prospect.

Bringing in young researchers and giving them the opportunity to share their research with experts and learn from one another is important: it fosters multi- and transdisciplinary dialogues and avoids silo thinking. That is how research can help to pave the way to sustainable development.

You can read about other inspiring impact cases from the other SDSN Youth members and about other activities and projects in the full report

Download the full report

This article is based on an original news story by SDSN Northern Europe