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Building an Evidence Base on Rural Youth Employment and Livelihoods

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and USAID are pleased to invite the food and agricultural research community, global development practitioners and donors, and U.S. Government interagency partners to participate in a public meeting on the evidence base on rural youth employment and livelihoods. The public meeting will be held in Washington, DC on May 8, 2018. Participants also may join via Livestream. A public comment period is scheduled from 4:15 pm to 4:45 pm. The agenda can be found here.

The purpose of the public meeting is to develop a shared understanding of rural labor markets and youth-specific constraints, discuss the evidence base on programs that aim to improve rural youth employment and livelihoods, outline cross-sectoral opportunities to support and empower youth to take advantage of agricultural system market opportunities, and identify knowledge gaps on which U.S. university research partners can generate evidence to address.

Expert panel discussions will be held on the following topics:

-Youth and Agricultural Transformation

-Framing the Evidence Base on Rural Youth Employment and Livelihoods

-Youth Perspectives: Challenges and Opportunities in the Agricultural and Food Sectors

-Youth Productivity: Technology, Mechanization, and Global Value Chains

-Gender Considerations and Youth Employment

-Research, Learning and USAID Programming: The Role of U.S. University Research Partners in Generating Evidence


The meeting will be chaired by Dr. Mark Keenum, President of Mississippi State University and BIFAD Chair Designate. Expert speakers include Dr. Louise Fox, USAID Chief Economist and Dr. David Tschirley, Food Security Group Co-Director, Michigan State University.

Please register for either in-person tickets or livestream access. The link to the livestream will be emailed to registered attendees. For questions about registration, please contact Shanaz Waise at For all other questions, please contact BIFAD Designated Federal Officer Clara Cohen at

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