IFAD / RURAL YOUTH

19-Jul-2019 00:02:06
The United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said effective policies and investments are urgently needed if the world's poorest countries are to offer a future to hundreds of millions of marginalized young people living in rural areas. IFAD
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STORY: IFAD / RURAL YOUTH
TRT: 2:06
SOURCE: IFAD
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

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1. Med shot, young woman with head covered
2. Med shot, young woman with basket on her head
3. Wide shot, farmers harvesting
4. Close up, young men
5. Wide shot, young person carrying bananas
6. Med shot, woman with baby
7. Med shot, two men talking
8. Close up, young man using banking app on phone
9. Wide shot, two people using laptop
10. Wide shot, women carrying branches
11. Wide shot, herding livestock on barren field
12. Wide shot, man carrying strainers
13. Med shot, rice pouring into bag
14. Wide shot, men carrying bag
15. Med shot, man sewing bag
16. Close up, Nigerian man
17. Drone shot, Vietnam fields
18. Med shot, woman tea leaves
19. Med shot, man picking tea leaves
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilbert F. Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD):
"If we do not take any special initiatives, we will have to continue facing those forced economic migrations and the risk of increased inequalities and the fragility that comes with all of that.”
21. Various shots, Kenyan woman picking corn
22. Med shot, apples at stand in Vietnam
23. Wide shot, apple stand
24. Wide shot, apple stand and road
25. Wide shot, woman feeding apple to child
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The United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said effective policies and investments are urgently needed if the world's poorest countries are to offer a future to hundreds of millions of marginalized young people living in rural areas.

IFAD’s 2019 Rural Development Report titled “Creating opportunities for rural youth” showed that about 500 million young people, about half of the youth population of developing countries, live in rural areas. This number rises to 780 million when semi-rural and peri-urban areas are included. IFAD said these young people are prone to poverty and inequality and are held back by a series of constraints, including lack of training and skills, limited access to land and credit, scarce availability of inputs and restricted links to social networks.

According to the report, the situation is of particular concern in sub-Saharan Africa, whose rural youth population is set to climb from 105 million in 2015 to 174 million by 2050 representing a 70 per cent increase in countries that often lack the means to deal with the challenges ahead.

IFAD President Gilbert Houngbo said, "If we do not take any special initiatives, we will have to continue facing those forced economic migrations and the risk of increased inequalities and the fragility that comes with all of that.”

The report found that among young people living in rural, semi-rural and peri-urban areas, 67 per cent live in areas with strong agricultural potential but many have limited access to markets.

With greater access to skills training, markets, financial services and technologies, the report pointed out that rural young people could become more productive, connected and in charge of their own future.

IFAD warned that policy-makers need to act quickly to avert bigger crises pointing to the impacts of climate change on agriculture generally, the need to seize opportunities presented by a digital revolution spreading across the developing world, balanced with the growing aspirations and demands of young people themselves.

In particular, the report emphasized that it is fundamental that youth policies are embedded in a broader rural transformation strategy and not be deployed in isolation.
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