The Importance Of Agriculture In Agriculture

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Why do most young persons not see agriculture as a viable option for their involvement and employment? According to Liu (2014), agriculture is up to four times more effective than other sectors in reducing poverty. Increasingly, the world is counting on agriculture to produce more nutritious food for and improve the livelihoods of a booming population, especially the poor. The ability of the youths to engage in productive agricultural activities has social and economic benefits for both the young people and the economy. However, many youth have negative perceptions of farming. Young people are usually not interested in this field of work, in large part due to their perception of farming being antiquated and unprofitable. The image of agriculture…show more content…
First, public policies need to improve the fit between the desire of young people and opportunities in agriculture and agri-food more broadly. This could include providing the right kinds of training at appropriate levels to reflect the demands of the job market and broader public investment. Second, an important factor in enabling young people to see the potential of different employment choices, in agriculture and other sectors, is the presence of positive, successful role models. Finally, it is of pivotal importance that farmers, across all generations, need support for accessing markets and to improve productivity, such as access to inputs and in the uptake of modern technologies. It is clear that in a time when food prices are unstable, such policies would help to reduce or mitigate other areas of uncertainty in farming and would go some way towards creating the kind of dynamic agricultural sector that will drive poverty-reducing growth as well as attracting the ‘talent’ of future…show more content…
Creating a sustainable agricultural development path means improving the quality of life in rural areas, ensuring enough food for present and future generations and generating sufficient income for farmers. Supporting sustainable agricultural development also involves ensuring and maintaining productive capacity for the future and increasing productivity without damaging the environment or jeopardising natural resources. In addition, it requires respect for and recognition of local knowledge and local management of natural resources, and efforts to promote the capabilities of current generations without compromising the prospects of future ones. Consequently, economic and environmental sustainability, adequate farmer incomes, productive capacity for the future, improved food security and social sustainability are important elements of developing countries’ agricultural development (European Commission,
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