How to involve more young people in agriculture
The agricultural industry will undergo exciting changes as it looks to overcome developing challenges in the decades ahead. Technology will continue to play a pivotal role in the agricultural sector, making agriculture an evolving and exciting career path for young professionals.
Much has been made of projections that suggest the world population is increasingly looking to urban areas to call home. Though data from the United Nations indicates urban areas could grow by 2.5 billion people by 2050, more recent UN data indicates that 90 percent of that increase will take place in Asia and Africa. All told, estimates indicate that rural areas will remain home to 3.1 billion people by 2050.
A sizable rural population and the challenges climate change and population growth will present underscores how important the agricultural sector will be in the coming decades. That means there should be plenty of opportunities for young people to make an impact, especially if more efforts are made to encourage them to consider careers in agriculture.
Encourage agriculture-based curriculum.
After recognizing that the majority of Kenyan students had no access to farming training and education, the organization Farm Africa initiated a program to make agriculture more accessible to students. Students who participated learned about everything from keeping livestock to marketing produce for global markets. Similar programs can be encouraged in developed countries where opportunities in the field of agriculture figure to increase in the years to come.
Emphasize technological advancements in the field.
Modern young people are growing up with technology all around them, but few may be aware of the vital role technology plays in the agricultural sector. Young peopleâ€™s ears may perk up upon hearing terms like â€śroboticsâ€ť technologies are now a big part of life on the farm. Recognition of that may compel more young people to pursue careers in agriculture.
Highlight the challenges ahead and how agricultural professionals can help overcome them.
UN projections indicate the global population will grow by more than two billion people by 2050. Finding a way to feed all of those people in the face of climate change will be no small task, but itâ€™s a task that will require dedicated agricultural professionals. Educators and parents can emphasize these challenges when speaking to young people about a career in the agricultural sector, noting that such careers will present real opportunities to make a difference.
Young people looking for rewarding careers in an exciting, ever-evolving field can be encouraged to consider the agricultural sector.