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GLOBAL | 2 DECEMBER 2021, 12:30–14:00 | VIRTUAL, CET

Jobs for Rural Youth: The Role of Local Food Economies

Today, the global youth population is at its highest ever and still growing, with the highest proportion of youth living in Africa and Asia, and a majority of them in rural areas. Young people in rural areas face the double challenge of age-specific vulnerabilities and underdevelopment of rural areas. While agriculture absorbs the majority of rural workers in developing countries, low pay and poor working conditions make it difficult to sustain rural livelihoods. Potential job opportunities for rural youth exist in agriculture and along the agro-food value chains.

A study, co-financed by the EU, looks in-depth at the current employment situation of youth in the food economy in 5 sub-Saharan African countries (Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) and 2 Southeast Asian countries (Thailand and Viet Nam) and makes an employment forecast for 2030 of the different segments within the food economy. The event will be an opportunity to share the key findings from this study and discuss policy implications.

Willem Olthof
Deputy Head of Unit, Sustainable Agri-Food Systems and Fisheries, INTPA F3
Alexandre Kolev
Head of Social Cohesion Unit, OECD Development Centre
Ji-Yeun Rim
Senior Policy Analyst, Social Cohesion Unit, OECD Development Centre

Organiser: International Partnerships InfoPoint



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