Many members and partners of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development are already walking the talk. One of the highlights of the first day of AGA 2018 was the presentation of the Compendium “Donor engagement with youth”, commissioned by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development in preparation for the AGA 2018. The study can be found in the Downloads section below. In the afternoon, participants split into four working groups. The results of these discussions were then again summarised in the plenary. For further information about the working groups, please scroll down to the Downloads section.
Mahedere Adimasu, manager of the Maheder food processing PLC, and Hernan Manson, from the International Trade Centre (ITC), offered at the end key takeaway messages:
- Many challenges that young people in rural areas face are interlinked. Responding to these challenges requires systems thinking.
- Donors need to generate an environment for private sector integration.
- Social media can be effectively used to communicate valuable information to the young people.
- Farmers need be to empowered in the changing world. Donors can support this by providing basic and technical education, enhance farmers’ capacities to learn, innovate and adapt.
DAY 2: Connecting the dots: employment, youth empowerment and development effectiveness in the rural space
The tone of the thematic discussions of the second day was set by the keynote speech about “Strategic Framing of Youth Empowerment – What is needed in the future?”
The links between the future of agriculture, the transformation of rural areas and the commitment of the donor and development community to enable young people to live a decent and meaningful life were the focus of the two-panel discussions during the high-level forum. First, the focus was on the young farmers and the decent rural employment.