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Food sovereignty brief n°17 - West African Rural Youth: What Realities and Prospects?

In recent years, more and more stakeholders have been taking an interest in the issue of ‘rural youth’ in West Africa. This body
of work portrays a contradictory image of rural youths, who are shown as both an immense potential for countries’ futures and
as a source of deep tension and instability (unemployment, under-employment, crime, etc.). Another paradox is that rural
youths are facing difficult job prospects while at the same time small farmers’ organisations are worried about the
continuation of their activities because there is no one to take over. This brief addresses the major issues evoked today when
the ‘problem’ of rural youths is raised. The realities facing rural youths are diverse, but usually difficult. Faced with these
constraints, what solutions are being considered? Agriculture is often touted as the main solution to the rural youth ‘problem’.
Is it really? If not, what alternatives are there?

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Click here to read this brief in French

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