Young people are often excluded from access to land due to economic and cultural constraints, increased land fragmentation or discriminatory customary practices. However, secure access to land is the basic prerequisite for sustainable rural development and integrated management of landscapes. Therefore, measures to secure and strengthen access to land must take greater account of the needs, challenges and potentials of the young generation of future farmers. There is need for enhanced partnership, coordination and synergies among different stakeholders to facilitate the mainstreaming of youth´s land rights components in agricultural value chains and land governance programs to foster its positive effect on youth empowerment and employment.
It is important to understand youth specific challenges and learn from good practice interventions supporting youth access to land. Even if access to land for young people is often not the central aspect in rural development and land governance projects, there is already a wealth of experience gathered by several development organizations.
Inputs will be given by members of the thematic working groups of the Global Donor Platform on Rural Youth Employment and on Land Governance. The session consists of two parts where lessons and insights from various African countries is shared along with practical tools for design and implementation of programs to improve youth access to land.