Analysing the key factors of success
Of the 1.2 billion young people aged 15-24 in the world, almost 1 billion live in developing countries, and half of these in rural areas. IFAD recognises the vast potential of this population, whose energy and dynamism are needed to transform rural areas, but also food systems. There are, however, many obstacles: young people are twice as likely as older people to be unemployed, not to mention the high level of working poverty among the youth.
IFAD’s Rural Development Report uses concrete evidence to identify who rural young people are, where exactly they live, and the constraints they face on their path to economic self-sufficiency. The authors explore this subject through different perspectives, including the position of countries on a scale of rural transformation and the economy as a whole. They highlight several risks, because creating opportunities does not mean that young people, especially young women, are able to seize them.
Investing in young people is undoubtedly a key factor for success in sub-Saharan Africa’s development. However, the investment needs to be seen differently, given the unprecedented pace and nature of current demographic, technological and climate changes. IFAD insists that it is impossible to develop rural youth policies without a broad integration of rural development. Indeed, when economic and social opportunities are limited, targeted support for young people in rural areas is ineffective.
2019 Rural Development Report: Creating Opportunities for Rural Youth
IFAD, 2019; 294 pp.
Interview with Paul Winters, Assistant vice-president of the strategy and knowledge department of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
In this issue
Assistant vice-president of the strategy and knowledge department of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Paul Winters, highlights the factors that need to be in place for rural youth to prosper.
Pioneering technology in the Caribbean is aiming to help financial institutions make better farming investment decisions in order to provide unbanked farmers with credit.
To enable smallholder farmers to improve production, reduce crop loss and ultimately increase productivity, it’s crucial to transform agricultural extension services through impactful decision-support tools and digital know-how.
Nigerian tomato farmers are overcoming production challenges to increase the quality and quantity of their yields, and access a ready market for their produce.
by Bob Koigi
New initiatives are emerging to empower women traders and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the increased border trade and reduced tariffs as a result of the operationalised Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Greater access to improved groundnut seed in Zambia and training in crop management is increasing smallholder productivity and market access in the face of diminishing cotton prices.
Professor Frederike Praasterink is a lecturer in sustainability and future food systems in the Netherlands. She strongly believes that leadership at the local level is needed in the strategy for transforming food systems.
Remote monitoring of greenhouses is allowing Kenyan smallholders to irrigate their crops from afar and improve their quality of life.