PIM’s Director Karen Brooks will participate in Twitter Chat on Youth Employment in Agriculture on June 11

Africa south of the Sahara has the world’s youngest and fastest growing population. With enough support from African leaders, farming can become the key to solving youth unemployment in Africa.

PIM’s Director Karen Brooks,  Rachel Blum (USAID), and David Feige (Making Cents International) will participate in an online discussion over Twitter on the topic of youth employment in agriculture on June 11 at 12 pm EDT.

The guiding questions for the discussion are:

  1. What do you see as opportunities in production or non-production aspects of the agriculture sector that could make it appealing to young people as a career?
  2. How easy or hard is it for young people to get land for farming either in Africa, Asia or Latin America? What ways can young people get land to farm?
  3. What do you see as the challenges or barriers for getting young people interested in agricultural employment whether as a career or as transitional work?
  4. What methods work in getting young men and women the knowledge they need to effectively participate in the agriculture sector?
  5. What kinds of skills and assets do young people bring to the table to contribute to agriculture value chain competitiveness?
  6. Do you have examples of programs that work to help young people enter farming or value chains and succeed?  What could we do differently?

Follow #AskAg and @Agrilinks on Twitter to participate to the discussion.

For more details, see: http://agrilinks.org/events/askag-twitter-chat-youth-employment-agriculture

Also on the topic of agriculture and youth employment, see the OpEd of Karen Brooks published  in the Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/2013/jun/04/farming-key-youth-unemployment-africa