Issue #64 | October 2017

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Empowering Youth to Embrace the Future of Farming

Youth participation in agriculture is the key to future food security. Around the world, the number of young people is growing, especially in developing countries, which also have the most to gain from getting more youth involved in agriculture.

But too often, young people don’t see agriculture as a viable employment path. Many of them face barriers to training and credit, while others see limited opportunity in the sector. Others don’t see farming as a path to prosperity.

Yet growth in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods. It can be a rewarding and profitable venture for entrepreneurs and an avenue for creating positive change in communities.

Feed the Future works with young people every step of the way to help them harness this potential, find inroads to agricultural markets, create thriving businesses, innovate to improve productivity, and create opportunity for others.

Read this month’s newsletter for stories about how Feed the Future is working with today’s generation of youth to build food security for generations to come.

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Creating a Sustainable Farming Future in Tanzania

In Tanzania, youth are the hope of the future, and agriculture is the wisest pursuit for success. A Feed the Future project combines both to empower a new generation of entrepreneurs.

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Making Agriculture Cool Again for Youth in Africa

Youth need agriculture, and agriculture needs youth. To figure out how to attract youth to the sector, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Policy is asking all the right questions.

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USADF Spotlight on Youth: A Force for Good in the Fight Against Hunger

In this interview, USADF President and CEO C.D. Glin discusses USADF’s role in supporting youth-led enterprises in Africa to solve tomorrow’s challenges. Read more about the unique role that USADF plays in providing catalytic seed capital to young entrepreneurs to grow agribusinesses and create sustainable change in their communities.

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Guinea’s Innovators Plant the Seeds for Success

Practice doesn’t just make perfect; it also makes innovations. For one young entrepreneur, three years of practice has led to a game-changing technology for farmers in her community.

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Young Entrepreneurs Chase their Agriculture Dreams in Guatemala

In Guatemala, a new agriculture project is opening doors for more than 500 young people. With access to credit and new skills, they’re investing in themselves, and their communities.

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Breaking the Barriers of Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

For many recent graduates in Nigeria, jobs are hard to find. But that didn’t stop one young entrepreneur. With Feed the Future’s help and his own determination, he’s now working as an agriculture expert in his community.

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Entrepreneurship Protects Bottom Lines and the Environment in Senegal

One woman’s quest to create better packaging for her small business is paying off in ways she didn’t expect. Now, her biodegradable bags are protecting not just her businesses’ bottom line, but the environment.


Feed the Future at the World Food Prize

In October, USAID Administrator Mark Green spoke at the World Food Prize in Iowa. He announced a call to action to help Africans combat Fall Armyworm, a devastating crop pest that threatens to create a new humanitarian crisis in Africa. He also reiterated the U.S. Government’s commitment to food security and nutrition efforts worldwide.

To learn more about Fall Armyworm and join the call to action, visit this page.

On behalf of President Trump and Vice President Pence, Administrator Green also shared a letter recognizing this year’s World Food Prize laureate, Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank.


November 4, 2017

Milan, Italy

Global Nutrition Summit

November 28 - 30, 2017

Hyderabad, India

Global Entrepreneurship Summit


The Future of Farming in Africa is Not Agriculture But Agribusiness

Invasion of Maize-Eating Caterpillars Worsens Hunger Crisis in Africa

USAID Chief Outlines Vision for Agriculture, Food Security

The Race to Save Coffee

No Rain? No Problem for These Malawi Farmers and Their New, Improved Seeds

Entrepreneurship Increases Youth Employment in Nepal

Young Innovator’s Thresher Reduces Harvest Losses in East Africa

The World’s Oldest Profession Needs Millennials for the Future

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