Young people living in rural areas have the potential, as the farmers and producers of tomorrow, to help feed the world's growing population. But young people are increasingly abandoning agriculture and rural areas in search of better livelihoods in cities or abroad. More than ever, there is a pressing need to create opportunities for young people to contribute to their communities and to earn a decent living in the agricultural and non-farm sectors. IFAD's programme of work reflects the needs and views of young rural people and aims to address the challenges that they face and create incentives to make rural life an attractive and viable livelihood option.
"I would ask that – not only in my own country, but across the world – opportunities are created for us [young people] to prove that, yes, we can do it." - Sandra Sandoval, young rural business woman from El Salvador.