Hoang Kim Vuong, a young Vietnamese farmer at her SRI farm in Yen Bai province
Farming is a lowly job with a poor image and low profile. As young people flock to cities to realize their dreams, what will be the future of agriculture and food industry?
Youth – defined by the United Nations as aged between 15 to 24 – make up 18% of the world’s population. According to the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development, young people who live in the rural areas have been neglected by their governments, communities and families.
The sons and daughters of farmers are often reluctant to go farming as they see it as a back-breaking and dirty job needing little skill. Farming is not seen as profitable, land ownership is not secure, and there is a lack of rural infrastructure and of government incentive policies.
But there is hope… some regional…
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