The difficulties of small-holder farming today are contributing to an exodus of youth from their family farms and rural communities. Environmental knowledge and practices that parents and grandparents once shared are not being passed on. Young farmers see few reasons to stay on their ancestral lands.
This migration of young people to cities and the erosion of knowledge undermines the ability to keep rural landscapes productive and vibrant. However, with training and incentives young people can remain in rural homes and participate in their communities as the next generation of farmers. USC Canada supports programs that help young people build independent and secure livelihoods that contribute to dynamic rural economies.
- Supporting income-generation opportunities and training for young farmers.
- Supporting youth-led biodiversity gardens, school arboretums and field crops.
- Fostering opportunities for intergenerational learning.
- Working with universities on agronomy curricula and programs that favour agro-biodiversity practices.
- Providing agro-biodiversity training, exchanges and learning opportunities for young people.
- Facilitating leadership training and organizational opportunities for young farmers.