AFA is participating in the special session of the 2012 Farmers’ Forum entitled “Youth in Agriculture” being held on February 18, 2011 at the IFAD Headquarters in Rome, Italy.
Read more about the special session at: http://www.ifad.org/farmer/2012/youth/index.htm
Over 60 per cent of the world’s rural population is made of youth, with half of them being young women and girls. Due to their limited access to assets (in particular land), markets, finance and education and skills training, rural youth are often unemployed or work informally – often in unpaid, very low-skilled, insecure and sometimes hazardous jobs. If young people living in rural areas do not find enough incentives, profitable economic opportunities and attractive environments in which to live and work, they will continue to migrate to cities. This trend would not only contribute to the mega urbanization and growing urban unemployment that is already under way, but is expected to affect global food production: who will then feed the global population that is projected to reach 9.2 billion people by 2050?