In order to address the lack of attraction of the youth towards agriculture, or the emigration of rural youth to the urban areas, among other, the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) jointly organized a Regional Workshop on “Youth and Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities” in collaboration with GFAR, CIMMYT, ICARDA, ICRISAT, IFPRI, and Bioversity International at Islamabad, Pakistan on 23-24 October, 2013. Organizing this regional workshop was indeed very timely to have in-depth discussions and streamline national and regional priorities and strategies for attracting quality youth in agriculture through creating enabling policy environment.
This publication summarizes the proceedings of the workshop. It is believed that the key recommendations embodied in this publication will immensely help the policy makers, youth organizations, researchers, farmers, private sector and other stakeholders in building conducive policy environment to attract and retain quality youth as human capital in agriculture for sustained production and improved livelihood in the Asia-Pacific region.
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