Youth employment and agriculture: Harnessing the potential of ICT and entrepreneurship


In conjunction with the conference “Youth employment in agriculture as a solid solution to ending hunger and poverty in Africa: Engaging through information and communication technologies (ICTs) and entrepreneurship” (Kigali, Rwanda, 20−21 August 2018), here is some recommended reading on Youth employment in agriculture and digital innovation.

Rural youth aged 15–17: The right season to seed the future
In light of the challenges faced by rural youth, this report proposes policies to increase human capital and channel resources towards youth aged 15–17 to ensure equal access to education and decent jobs.

Youth and agriculture: Key challenges and concrete solutions
This publication shows how tailor-made educational programmes can provide rural youth with the skills and insights needed to engage in farming and adopt environmentally friendly production methods.

Rural migration in Tunisia: Drivers and patterns of rural youth migration and its impact on food security and rural livelihoods in Tunisia
This report calls for a strong political engagement both nationally and internationally to revive rural economies and reverse trends such as low farming productivity and inadequate access to technology and resources.

Hire services as a business enterprise: A training manual for small-scale mechanization service providers
This manual for hire service providers covers machinery operation and maintenance, draught animal care, financial procedures and other topics, organized in 5 modules and 27 sessions.

Innovative markets for sustainable agriculture: How innovations in market institutions encourage sustainable agriculture in developing countries
This publication presents 15 cases from around the world, providing insights into institutional change and how a different type of market incentive contributes to the redefinition and adoption of sustainable practices by farmers.

FAO digital innovation
This flyer presents FAO’s work on digital innovation.

FAO digital services portfolio
A collection of FAO digital innovation projects presented during the conference.

Agricultural services and digital inclusion in Africa

dlocust – The potential of drones for locust early warning and preventive control

Event Mobile Application (EMA-i)

FAMEWS – Fall Armyworm monitoring and early warning system

FAO Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS)

FAO Survey Technology (FAST) platform

Food Price Monitoring and Analysis (FPMA) tool

Information Network on Post-harvest Operations (INPhO)

Open Foris and SEPAL (System for Earth observation data access, Processing and Analysis for Land monitoring)

Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data portal (WaPOR)

Success stories on information and communication technologies for agriculture and rural development (second edition)
ICTs can transform lives and improve livelihoods in agriculture by helping to secure savings, find affordable insurance and tools to manage risk, increase access to financial services, and provide business opportunities.

Information and communication technology (ICT) in agriculture
An assessment of platforms promoting ICT for agriculture, food security and nutrition and proposals for improving its usage, such as the creation of the ICT for sustainable agricultural production innovation lab.

Building agricultural market information systems
This publication reviews the features of Market Information Systems (MIS) development for agriculture, focusing on price information and new technologies for price data collection and dissemination.

E-agriculture in action
Case studies on the innovative use of emerging technologies, such as 3D food printing, electronic traceability services, and multiparameter monitors for indoor air quality, to improve the livelihoods of farming communities.

E-agriculture in action: Drones for agriculture
This book promotes replicable ICT solutions for agriculture, focusing on unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, and their usage in crop production, early warning systems, disaster risk reduction, forestry, fisheries, and wildlife conservation.

Status of implementation of e-agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Insights from selected countries in Europe and Central Asia
Among the topics discussed during the workshop were the role of ICTs in agricultural development in the region and within the different countries, and the need for collaboration and knowledge sharing via online communities, including ESCORENA and AGROWEB.

Further reading


FAO's Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for promoting decent rural employment: Results and stories from the field

Analysis of existing approaches for rural youth employment in Uganda

Tackling poverty and hunger through digital innovation

Youth mobility, food security and rural poverty reduction (RYM)

The rural youth mobility project: Methodology and results

Promoting alternatives to migration for rural youth in Tunisia and Ethiopia

FAO, private and public partnership model for youth employment in agriculture experiences from Malawi, Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar archipelago

Youth and agriculture: Key challenges and concrete solutions

The State of Food and Agriculture 2017

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the world 2017

Youth: Present and future of agriculture 

Decent rural employment, productivity effects and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa

Developing the knowledge, skills, and talent of youth to further food security and nutrition

Youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa (World Bank)

Guide on integrated pest management of Fall Armyworm on maize for farmer field schools in Africa

In action − Nuclear applications in agriculture

Using remote sensing in support of solutions to reduce agricultural water productivity gaps

The benefits and risks of solar-powered irrigation – A global overview

Integrated management of the Fall Armyworm on maize: A guide for farmer field schools in Africa

Fall Armyworm guidance note: Reduction of human health and environmental risks of pesticides used for control of Fall Armyworm

Fall Armyworm guidance note: Scouting

Fall armyworm guidance note: Trapping

How to manage Fall Armyworm: A quick guide for smallholders

Sustainable management of the Fall Armyworm in Africa: FAO programme for action

Gender and ICTs

Use of mobile phones by the rural poor – Gender perspectives from selected Asian countries

Trees, forests and land use in drylands

Thematic catalogue for smallholder farmers to promote innovation − Main bee diseases: Good beekeeping practices

Technical and investment guidelines for milk cooling centres