Youth in Agriculture

Recent projections from FAO state that in the next 40 years the world’s population will increase from 7 billion to over 10 billion.  At the same time, agriculture is an ageing and undervalued profession for which there is a declining interest among young people.  Who will feed this growing population and how?

In order to tackle this issue, GFAR (The Global Forum on Agriculture Research) believes that youth, as key stakeholders in the future of AR4D (Agriculture Research for Development), must be involved.  Young professionals face numerous challenges including making their voices heard and exerting influence in the field of AR4D. Lack of youth involvement in AR4D  has negative implications for the sector, reducing the potential for innovation, use of new communication technologies, inclusivity and future sustainability.

Special attention must be given to encouraging young people into careers in all aspects of AR4D.  It is important that young people themselves help express what changes are needed in agricultural education and incentives to make careers more attractive and valued and better recognize the range of roles now required in AR4D.

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