& RURAL YOUTH
"“Agriculture has an image problem,” acknowledged the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), a youth network that aims to connect young people by offering a conduit to share information and get excited about agriculture. Along with other agricultural youth networks throughout the world, YPARD is working to give agriculture a facelift, in order to pierce through the persistent perception that agriculture is “an outdated field with minimal financial returns.”
The industry lacks a progressive image and younger people do not know of the career options available in agriculture, noted Professor Jim Pratley, Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture.
But many initiatives are working to help curb the flow of young people away from rural areas.
These projects highlight the important role that youth can play in improving food security. Young minds are needed, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, “to find answers that respond to the problems that we face today and not those of the past.”
Except from: "Agriculture Gets A Facelift: How To Bring Youth Back Into The Field", Airlie Trescowthick (FoodTank)