Rural Youth [ID: 41]

Rural Youth

Youth accounts for one out of every six people worldwide. Globally, millions of young people are bound to engage in agriculture. These young women and men will shape the future of the agriculture and rural development. Thus, addressing inclusive rural transformation entails bringing rural youth on board, empowering them to speak for themselves with their experiences and ideas, and creating the means for them to connect, share and develop solutions for the challenges they face.

The future of agriculture and rural development depends on the young generation. Throughout the world, however, being young and living in rural areas equals a twofold challenge as these young women and men face unique situations that stem from rural settings in form of infrastructure, social and economic institutions. Rural youth are more likely to be disproportionately affected by climate change, may have fewer opportunities to access information and opportunities for markets and they may also be more exposed to social structures and settings in rural areas.

Young people are a diverse group with varying needs, and “one size fits all” interventions may not go a long way to addressing the challenges they face. Donors and development practitioners need to actively engage youth, listen to them and create opportunities for the young women and men to participate in developing interventions and their implementation. Youth should not be a topic in the development world but rather a group that is actively and continuously engaged.

The move to developing programmes with youth - and not only for youth - will give donors a deeper understanding of the situation and needs of young people in rural areas. Also, inter-generational partnerships are crucial to create mutual respect for the experienced, but also give room for motivated and innovative youngsters to bring together innovation and reality. The Global Donor Platform’s Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth was started to promote meaningful youth engagement in all stages of donor initiatives in agriculture and rural development.

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Trade and invest in one Africa: The 2019 World Export and Development Forum

20 November 2019 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The 2019 World Export Development Forum assembled more than 1,000 business leaders, policy makers, and young entrepreneurs. The Forum focused on women and youth through a SheTrades global event and the Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment (YES!) Forum, a unique platform for youth entrepreneurship and self-employment.


Rural youth and decent jobs creation in food systems: The youthful future of African agribusiness

19 November 2019 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“Rural youth and decent jobs creation in food systems" - a side event of the Global Donor Platform's Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth brought together young agripreneurs from Africa as well as donors and repüresentatives of implementing organisations.


A big “YES” to youth entrepreneurship and self-employment

20  November 2019 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

On 20 November, the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia hosted the second edition oftThe Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Forum (YES! Forum). Several hundred young entrepreneurs and agripreneurs from all over Africa had followed the invitation.


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The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development published a new comprehensive study that highlights current approaches, trends and remaining questions in donor engagement with rural youth.


Contact Rural Youth [ID: 176]

Oliver Hanschke

Communications Advisor
Phone: +49 171 1052809