Young farmers, entrepreneurs and representatives of farmers’ associations and NGOs presented their visions and examples of innovative business models to the conference participants and Germany's Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller (centre).
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29.05.2017

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Since December 2016, Germany has presided over the G20 – the 20 most important industrialised countries and emerging economies. In the course of this meeting, concrete agreements are to be reached on promoting youth employment in the rural areas of the partner countries. Measures and initiatives addressing this were discussed at the conference “One World – No Hunger. The future of the rural world”.

How can economic prospects be created for millions of young people in rural areas. How can dynamic rural regions be developed and food security be achieved, especially in Africa? These issues were at the centre of the G20 Conference hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Berlin, Germany, in late April 2017.

The explosive nature of this topic is obvious. Today, 1.2 billion people are between 15 and 24 years old. By 2030, around 600 million young people will be surging onto the job market, including roughly 440 million in Africa. Often, however, jobs in rural regions are unattractive, which is why more and more youth are going to the cities. “We have to improve the links between the rural regions and the booming cities,” Peter Altmaier, Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, maintained. To him, this also means seeing to it that young people can find everything enabling them to lead a culturally fulfilling life in the rural areas themselves.

The private sector is called on

The event focused on the issue of how jobs can be created for the young people.

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