Event [ID: 125]

Creating opportunities for rural youth - Implications of IFAD'S 2019 Rural Development Report

Global | | Berlin, Germany

Monday, 21st October 2019 | 5.30 pm
at GIZ Representation Berlin | Reichpietschufer 20 | 10785 Berlin

Preliminary agenda:

  • Welcome and introduction by Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, BMZ Parliamentary State Secretary, and Cornelia Richter, IFAD Vice President
  • Presentation of the report conclusions and recommendations by Paul Winters, IFAD Associate Vice-President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department
  • Interactive panel discussion with youth representatives, practitioners and experts
  • Followed by an informal reception for further exchange


IFAD’s 2019 Rural Development Report focuses on the challenges and opportunities young people face in rural areas: 500 million young people - about half of the youth in developing countries - live in rural areas. Prone to poverty and inequality, they face a range of challenges including lack of skills and training opportunities, limited access to land and credit and restricted links to decision-making and social networks.

The challenges are particularly pressing in the world's poorest nations, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa where the youth population is projected to rise from 105 million in 2015 to 174 million by 2050 – a 70% increase. Inspired by the report and its recommendations, an interactive panel discussion will focus on the key implications for international development cooperation, including Germany’s ONE WORLD – No Hunger initiative. Youth representatives, practitioners and experts will share their insight on: How to support job creation for millions of young people? How to make agriculture attractive again to youth? And how to empower rural youth to express their opinions, thoughts and wishes?

More information on the event, including the agenda and details for registration, will soon be added.



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