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The rural youth situation in Latin America and the Caribbean

This study offers a general picture of the situation of rural youth in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The population is described through its demographic dynamics, its socio-economic characteristics, the situation of priority groups, such as women and indigenous people.

The available data regarding these dimensions are presented noting the existing gaps both about urban youth and about adults and contrasting the data with the available literature on youth in the region.

There are still gaps between rural and urban youth in the areas of poverty, education and workforce integration in every country, although with important differences between them. Thus, rural youth appear to be an especially vulnerable group, a situation that is aggravated in women, indigenous people and Afro-descendants.

Launched in March 2016, the IFAD Research Series brings together cutting-edge thinking and research on smallholder agriculture, rural development and related themes. The Series includes rigorous reviews and studies on a broad and diverse range of themes related to IFAD’s work in smallholder agriculture and rural development. The research papers are authored by researchers and technical experts from IFAD and partner institutions and are based on research, statistics, technical work or field-based work.

All papers can be found on the IFAD website

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