The Future of Rural Youth in Developing Countries
Tapping the Potential of Local Value Chains
Rural youth constitute over half of the youth population in developing countries and
will continue to increase in the next 35 years. Without rural transformation and green
industrialisation happening fast enough to create more wage employment in a sustainable
manner, the vast majority of rural youth in developing countries have little choice
but to work in poorly paid and unstable jobs or to migrate.
As household dietary pattern is changing, new demands by a rising middle class for
diversified and processed foods are creating new job opportunities in food-related
manufacturing and services. Agro-food industries are labour-intensive and can create
jobs in rural areas as well as ensure food security. Yet the employment landscape
along the agro-food value chains is largely underexploited. This study looks at local
actions and national policies that can promote agro-food value chains and other rural
non-farm activities using a youth employment lens.
Published on May 30, 2018