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She is only 24 and already running her father’s farm with 110 milking cows. Cornelia Flatten sees herself as a farmer for the rest of her life.

 

acting now to support youth in agricultureLooking back, what actions will the youth of tomorrow wish today’s custodians had taken to improve the agricultural sector of 2026 and their place in it?

How has the situation changed in the last ten years, for agriculture and youth’s participation in the sector? What are the primary drivers and influencers of this change?

How can youths be better engaged in Sustainable Agricultural practice in line with the 2030 Agenda? How can young Agripreneurs work towards sustainable agriculture practice in line with SDG 2? What is the responsibility of farmers and government towards sustainable agriculture?

This blogpost by Praiya Uranukul originally appeared on the Global Landscapes Forum blog.

Switch your eyes and ears off, for a moment, to the on-going discourse about agriculture as an “ageing sector” that doesn’t attract the youth anymore. Instead, step into YPARD: a vibrant international network of young professionals for agricultural development, which counts thousands of members all around the world,

We are living in an era in which rapid urbanization has led to a decline in rural populations, and for the first time ever the majority of the world’s population lives in a city. The UN World Health Organization predicts that “by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people”. This means that more young people than ever before are moving to cities and towns to find work, leaving few behind to work in rural areas.

By Eric Hansen, NYFC Policy Analyst