Ask Ag Chat: Youth, Employment and a Food Secure Future
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Youth hold the future of the global agro-food system in their hands, but many young people in developing countries do not see agriculture as an attractive or viable career choice. How can we better engage youth and support their livelihoods as we plan future agricultural development projects?
Join our upcoming Ask Ag online chat on Sept. 15 from 12-1 p.m. EDT, where Agrilinks community members will dig into youth and employment. For one hour, experts will answer your questions and discuss new research, discoveries and findings in their own development work. It all takes place right here in our Comments section! This Ask Ag chat stems from a recent Feed the Future roundtable that addressed critical topics for global food security, including youth and employment. Participants discussed why youth and employment is important to food security, how demographic differences impact unemployment and what skills are required to integrate youth in agro-food systems.There are two ways to get a head start on the discussion:
1. Post a question for our experts right now in the Comments section below, and/or return to this page on September 15 from 12-1 p.m. EDT to engage in the live discussion.
2. Check out the "Youth and Employment" roundtable summary to read some thoughts from Feed the Future stakeholders on where priorities might lie in engaging youth.Guiding questions:
- How can we ensure that youth voices are being heard in discussions on their role in agro-food system development?
- What tools and technologies can make agro-food system jobs more attractive and profitable for youth?
- How can youth advance food security in their communities apart from working in agricultural production?
- Youth are very diverse, in terms of gender, education, stage of their life cycle, etc. How should we engage different youth demographics differently?
A look ahead: The 10th Anniversary Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit will convene influencers who create and implement innovative solutions, September 28-30, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Be a part of the leading global event for expanding youth economic opportunity.
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USAID Bureau for Food Security