Rural Youth – Investing today for a better tomorrow in sub Saharan Africa

This event will focus on how smallholder agribusiness and vocational training can help rural youth to achieve more secure livelihoods in the rural economies of sub-Saharan Africa.

A moderated panel discussion will be organized by the West and Central Africa and East and Southern Africa Divisions to examine how more effective and more targeted agricultural and vocational training can help rural young women and men towards a better tomorrow. The challenges, successes and options faced in this regard will be discussed, with a particular focus on the need for a broad-based consultative process led by rural young women and men to sustain rural economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa.

The gender-balanced panel will include activists, champions, experts and advocates for rural young people's issues from across Africa. They will share experiences from countries such as Benin, Madagascar and Niger and provide different perspectives on how IFAD and its partners are supporting the aspirations of rural young women and men.

These field experiences will also demonstrate how some of these rural young women and men are increasingly bringing real change by advocating, inspiring and mentoring others to unleash their potential in diverse ways for the collective benefit of their communities and societies.