AGA [ID: 183]

AGA 2018

Young and ready to move – empowering the new generation in the rural space

The future of agriculture, transformation of rural spaces and the need to provide youth with the conditions for a decent and meaningful life are interlinked. How can donors plan and implement successful interventions while working on this nexus? What are the key leverage points for enhancing the impact of development investments in agriculture, food systems and empowering rural livelihoods for and with the young people? Inspired by these questions, the Platform members chose Rural Youth Empowerment as an overarching theme for the Annual General Assembly (AGA) 2018. This year the AGA will be held on June 13 – 14 in Berlin.

Why rural youth?

Youth accounts for one out of every six people worldwide. Globally, millions of young people are bound to engage in agriculture. These young women and men will shape the future of the agriculture and rural development. Thus, addressing inclusive rural transformation entails bringing rural youth on board, empowering them to speak for themselves with their experiences and ideas, and creating the means for them to connect, share and develop solutions for the challenges they face.

AGA in a nutshell

The Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the Platform is a yearly event that provides an open space for debate and/or consensus by Platform members, partners and invited guests on emerging topics in agriculture and rural development (ARD). AGA participants benefit from the core services of the Donor Platform: knowledge sharing, advocacy and networking on key development issues and strategic directions that affect lives in rural space.

AGA 2018: What to expect

The AGA 2018 will bring together the donor/IFI community and young women and men for a dialogue to:

- provide an effective exchange of information and knowledge between the young rural generation and the AGA participants on how to make ARD programmes more youth-responsive;

- present donor / IFI engagement in rural youth empowerment and provide insights of private sector engagement; and receive feedback from the young generation and what are the priorities in moving forward.

“Donor engagement with youth”

In preparation to the Annual General Assembly 2018, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development commissioned a compendium “Donor engagement with youth”. It will be presented in Berlin to AGA participants. In parallel, young people will offer some answers on how to move forward in rural areas.

For more information about the AGA 2018, including the event agenda and booklet, as well as the complendium "Donor engagement with rural youth", please consult the downloads below.


First impressions of the Day 1, AGA 2018, Berlin

The first day of the AGA 2018 "Young and ready to move – empowering the new generation in the rural space" through the eyes of the participants - key messages and calls to action

Interviews rural youth [ID: 416]


“The rural area takes most of our Ugandan young people, but this does not mean that they are going to stay there, unless something is done.”

MORE ABOUT RURAL YOUTH | Thato Moagi, LeGae Banareng Farms

“[limited number of job opportunities ] ... leave a whole lot of number of kids sitting at home, who don't have access to land, access to finance, but have the skill and passion to farm.”

MORE ABOUT RURAL YOUTH | Godfrey Bahiigwa, African Union Commission

“You have to have evidence, in order to guide policy and strategy formulation [for rural youth employment]. We need more context specific research to guide our interventions.”

Downloads AGA [ID: 332]



Contacts AGA [ID: 329]

Contact | Secretariat

Dr. Reinhild Ernst


Contact | Secretariat

Svetlana Silova

Office Manager


Altanzul Zorig

Logistics Assistant