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    Youth are highly mobile and represent the main share of migrants moving worldwide. Across Africa, the majority of young migrants originate from rural areas. This is not surprising given that the vast majority of the region's poor and food secure live in those areas, most dependent on agriculture. Moreover, rural young women and men are increasingly migrating due to poor opportunities for themselves to make a living in agriculture. Finding gainful employment in agricultural sectors is hampered by low productivity, poor access to markets and lack of dynamism between farm and non-farm activities. Young people often lack access to land, credit, and inputs to start their own farms. If left unabated at its root causes, distress migration from Africa should be expected to increase dramatically. Innovative solutions are needed to make a tangible difference in addressing root causes of distress economic migration. Promoting viable employment opportunities for youth in farm and non-farm rural activities will have to be at the centre of any such solutions. The role of FAO: To respond to this challenge, FAO is implementing a 2 year-long project aimed at mitigating distress economic mobility in two countries, Tunisia and Ethiopia, with the support of the Italian Development Cooperation. The project will promote innovative mechanisms and rural development strategies with the objective of mitigating distress migration for rural youth through productive employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture. In particular, the project strives to: • Improve the knowledge and awareness on how to harness the potential of migration and economic mobility to promote youth employment in agriculture. • Improve policy coherence to manage rural migration and facilitate opportunities for rural youth to find a decent employment or to start an entrepreneurial activity in agriculture in two selected countries, Tunisia and Ethiopia. For more information: http://www.fao.org/rural-employment/work-areas/migration/rym-project/en/

    Indonesia: Farming with Conservation Agriculture

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    Promoting Alternatives to Migration for Ethiopian Rural Youth

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    Additional Broll Ethiopia Youth / Migration

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    Ethiopia Youth Story - Chicken Production Project

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    Ethiopia Youth Story - Horticulture Project

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    Ethiopia Youth Story - Sheep Rearing project

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    Promoting alternatives to youth rural migration in Tunisia

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    Ethiopia Youth Story - Animal Fattening Project

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