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New IFAD report highlights challenges facing growing population of rural youth in the world's poorest countries

24 June 2019

Rome, 24 June 2019 – About 500 million young people live in the rural areas of developing countries, representing about half of the youth of these countries. Rural young people are exposed to poverty and lack employment opportunities and access to land, services, technologies and training.

The challenge is particularly pressing in the world's poorest nations, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa where the youth population is growing fast. These countries have the least resources to provide young people with jobs and opportunities so they can build their future and have an alternative between life-long poverty and migration.

IFAD's 2019 Rural Development report – Creating opportunities for rural youth, presents the latest analysis on rural youth and makes recommendations to  policymakers on how to best invest to avoid creating a "lost generation" of young people.

When:  26 June - 14.00 -16.00

Where: Iraq Room, FAO HQ, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 
00153, Rome

What: Presentation of findings from IFAD's 2019 Rural Development Report – Creating opportunities for rural youth

Media are invited to cover the event. Questions can only be answered during one-on-one interviews after the event.


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IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$20.9 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 483 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the United Nations’ food and agriculture hub.  

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Press release No.: IFAD/12/2019