According to the World Bank estimates, our planet’s population is expected to increase to 9 billion people by the year 2050 - with young people aged between 15 and 24 accounting for approximately 14 percent of this total. Employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth today, however, remain limited, especially in rural areas. Long associated with harsh working conditions and low wages, many youngsters see agriculture as a less than attractive prospect. But the sector is crucial in terms of maintaining food security particularly in countries affected by conflict. And the sector is promising – offering lucrative jobs and business opportunities on and off the farm. In several governorates across Syria, FAO has implemented a training programme since 2021 to help young entrepreneurs transform their ideas into successful agri-businesses. The Nabta programme aims to enhance agricultural production in a country decimated by protracted war.
Producer: FAO Syria, Anais HotinPresenter: Daniel Johnson, UN GenevaPhoto credit: @ FAO/Mokthar Al Samman