6.4 Youth, Agricultural Development and Food Security

Leverage proven agricultural development strategies like value chain development, private sector engagement, and social enterprise. Adapt proven agricultural development strategies, identifying roles and strategies more appropriate for young people. 

For optimists focused on rural YEO, the core opportunity for synergy is in addressing the dual challenge of food security and youth unemployment. How? Strengthen and grow agricultural systems in ways that offer employment and career opportunities to young people.Harness the ingenuity, training and other assets of young people, and bring them to bear in improving the agricultural and agri-business systems, and enhancing food security. There are a number of very effective agricultural development strategies that are being adapted to better include youth and leverage their resources. Given the early stage of rural YEO as a practice, there are also many suggestions arising for how to extend these adaptations.