Youth in Markets: Creating Space for the Buy-In

In many countries across the world, food systems are changing fast. At the same time, the largest number of young people ever is growing up. Youth, particularly in low and middle income countries, struggle to find decent jobs, make the transition from education to work, and mature in terms of independence. There is a growing aspiration gap that lays bare some of the difficulties between bridging economic realities and what it means to be successfully employed. Reconciliation is needed between trends of structural transformation and the plight of the young.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Wed 7 March 2018 09:00 to 14:00

Venue Impulse, building number 115
Stippeneng 2
6708 WE Wageningen
+31 317-482828

The seminar ‘Youth in Markets: Creating Space for the Buy-In’ invites practitioners, experts, students and researchers to explore this challenge of how to realise inclusive opportunities for young people, particularly in rural areas where agriculture is the main sector. We seek to discuss how local economic development can take shape in communities, and how young people might themselves and together with partners take leadership to realise change in their communities and surroundings.


For this seminar, a number of cases touching on the themes of youth engagement and community development will be explored interactively, brought forward by:

  • WUR Management Studies Group, on Entrepreneurship processes and community organizational structures in Ghana
  • Agriterra, on Youth engagement in agricultural cooperatives
  • Aflatoun, on Tailoring education curricula for employability of young people