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BLOG: How to Inspire the Next Generation of Farmers, August 2016

Feed the Future

The global population is expected to reach over 9 billion by 2050, with an estimated 6 people out of 10 living in cities. With such a big population to feed, who will produce our food and ensure that everyone has enough to eat? Engaging youth in agriculture has become one of the hot topics of development for this very reason: youth are the future of agriculture. Yet many of them think of agriculture as a hard job without economic rewards or career advancement and they prefer to move to cities looking for better opportunities.

BLOG: Youth Paving the Road to 2030, August 2016

The World Bank

Young people are up to 4 times more likely to be unemployed than adults. And, even when they find work, it is more often insecure or in the informal economy where pay is low, conditions variable, and benefits non-existent.  The ILO estimates that nearly a third of youth who are employed are still poor, living below $4 a day. Young women are often at a disadvantage with prospects further marred by educational, social, and institutional constraints: as many as 85% percent of young women in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa regions are working in vulnerable employment.  

BLOG: Statement by the President on International Youth Day, August 2016

The White House

Today, on International Youth Day, we celebrate the potential and power of young people to shape the future of our increasingly interconnected world. With over half of the global population under the age of 30, young generations will find the solutions to some of our toughest global challenges. The United States is committed to providing opportunity for young people to ensure they are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also change agents today.

BLOG: Empowering the Youth in Sri Lanka and Increasing their Contribution to Economic Development, August 2016

United Nations Development Programme

As a growing economy, Sri Lanka needs to focus more on service sector involvement. Higher involvement in the service sector will enable the economy to improve in every factor, for example in employment opportunities, higher disposable income etc. For the growth of the Sri Lankan economy, the youth of the country needs to contribute to this higher involvement. This is currently not the case (NHDR 2014). Youth who are based in the North, North Central and Eastern Provinces, are contributing at a low level to economic development in the service sector. If policy developers can develop a solution to empower and enlighten the youth, their contribution would be higher.

BLOG: Sowing the Seeds of a Green Revolution, August 2016

United Nations Development Programme

Each year, more than 100,000 new jobseekers enter the already saturated job market. In Benin, 70 percent of people between 15 and 29 years old are underemployed, and this age group accounts for approximately 60 percent of the active population. In response UNDP and the Government of Benin have implemented two projects. Business Promotion Centres (BPCs) train and advise young entrepreneurs on starting their own businesses and participating in job-creating and income-generating activities, while the project to promote agricultural entrepreneurship introduces young people to organic farming, agri-food processing and the management of natural resources.

BLOG: A Call to Empower Youth, August 2016

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations is committed to working for and with youth. I appointed the first-ever UN Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, when he was 28 years old. We are working on the ground to ensure every young person has the education, health, employment and rights they deserve. Every year, the UN’s Economic and Social Council Youth Forum brings together senior government officials and young activists to discuss the most pressing global concerns. And the United Nations is partnering more and more with youth-led and youth-focused organizations to promote peace and development around the world. 

BLOG: Cooking Up a Brighter Future in Bangladesh, August 2016

International Labour Organization

DHAKA (ILO News) – 17-year-old Shanta Akhtar’s family always struggled to make ends meet. Shanta’s father owns a tea stall in the suburbs of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, but providing for six children, including one who is physically disabled, was a struggle.  To help support the family, Shanta’s elder sister took a job in a garment factory. But this was not enough so Shanta’s parents asked her to leave school, before sitting her Junior School Certificate (JSC) examination, and work with her sister. They also wanted her to get married. 

BLOG: Why Young Africans are Swapping the Office for the Farm, August 2016


Farming has an unglamorous image across Africa. But this might be changing - the BBC's Sophie Ikenye met some young professionals who packed in their office jobs and moved back to the family farm. Six years ago Emmanuel Koranteng, 33, gave up his job as an accountant in the US and bought a one-way ticket to Ghana. He now has a successful business growing pineapples in a village one-and-a-half hours away from the capital, Accra. He says that even when he was far away from the farm, it was always in his thoughts. Across the continent, Dimakatso Nono, 34, also left her job in finance to return to the family farm in South Africa.

BLOG: Why Demand-Driven Apprenticeships Make Sense in Increasing The Employment Prospects of Young People and in Closing Skills Gaps, August 2016

International Labor Organization

Participating in apprenticeships is but one of many ways employers can acquire and develop the skills they need, while improving the employability of the younger generation. In this article, Michael Axmann, ILO Senior Skills Specialist, provides the Global Skills for Employment Knowledge Sharing Platform an overview of his experience in implementing the ILO’s quality apprenticeship programme and how it opens up pathways to skilled employment.

BLOG: Making Markets Work for Youth, August 2016

Mercy Corps

On International Youth Day we celebrate young people — their courage, passion, optimism and their current and future contributions to our world. Today marks a day to reflect on what we have learned in the youth development community and where we are headed. One thing is for sure: It’s a young person’s world out there. There are currently about 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24. And they represent a tremendous opportunity for our planet.


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