The ILO’s new policy brief tackles the challenge of creating decent jobs for rural youth. It explores ways to address limited skills and resources faced by young people, while highlighting the potential of rural areas for job creation, especially in agriculture and green economies.

The brief calls for integrated approaches that promote education, training, and infrastructure development, alongside partnerships with governments, businesses, and youth organizations.

The ILO’s new policy brief looks into the critical issue of rural youth employment. It analyzes both the challenges and opportunities faced by young people in rural areas, focusing on limited access to skills development and resources. However, the brief also emphasizes the immense potential of rural economies, particularly in the agri-food sector and green industries. It highlights the crucial role of rural youth, alongside all age groups, in driving innovation and leading the transition to environmentally friendly and technologically advanced practices.

The brief proposes a roadmap for unlocking the potential of rural youth. It advocates for integrated approaches that are sensitive to gender equality, uphold workers’ rights, and encourage dialogue among stakeholders. Drawing on successful projects like the IFAD-sponsored ProAgro YOUTH and JOY initiatives, the brief outlines various policy actions and recommendations. These encompass improvements in rural infrastructure and connectivity, the implementation of social protection measures, and ensuring access to education and training programs aligned with current market demands.

Furthermore, the brief underlines the importance of diversifying rural economies by exploring opportunities in the green and blue economies, agribusiness, and non-farm sectors. It emphasizes the need for strong partnerships between governments, employer and worker organizations, and youth groups to create sustainable employment opportunities and address the specific needs of rural youth.

By implementing these recommendations, we can empower rural youth to become active participants in shaping a brighter future for themselves and their communities.



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