Food Tank is excited to be collaborating with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). Through discussions we hope to promote greater dialogue around family farming issues.
These discussions will open up a broader debate on impactful policies for rural communities and the need for investing in technologies and innovations that help agriculture become economically profitable, intellectually stimulating, and environmentally sustainable for young and female farmers.
The future of agriculture is in the hands of young people and women. But around the globe the average age of farmers is swelling as young people leave rural areas in search of a better life. Meanwhile, most often deep-rooted inequalities prevent female farmers from gaining equal rights to access land, inputs, and economic resources that will allow them to reach economic autonomy and farm more productively.
In this discussion we would like to invite you to share your experience on what can be done to make agriculture stimulating and profitable for young people. At the same time we are also looking for information about women and agriculture initiatives around the globe, along with strategies to promote equality for females working in the food system.
Some questions to consider include:
- What role can schools and universities play in promoting agricultural careers to youth? Please share any relevant programs you are aware of.
- What approaches are most successful in promoting the equality of female farmers?
- What measures can development organizations and governments take to make rural areas more appealing for future farmers?
- Please share any relevant case studies about empowering women and youth in agriculture to achieve better food security.
Join the discussion here.