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.
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:
- 'Providing Agricultural Content Across Geographies: Using a Social Franchise to Improve Youth and Farmer Livelihoods and Sustainability’, by Simon Bailey (Aflatoun)
- 'Youth engagement in agricultural cooperatives’, by Nicole Sloot (Agriterra)
- 'Youth participation in municipal politics’, by Ardin van Emmerik (Youth Council Ede)
- ‘Entrepreneurship processes and community organisational structures in Ghana’ by Jemima Afari-Kwarteng and Rob Lubberink (WUR Management Studies Group)
- ‘Challenges of Social Startups in Bamako, Mali’, by Thijs van Bemmel (Bembem and the Next Economy)