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As climate change makes farming far tougher and more young people reject it as a career, technological innovations to make the work more secure and appealing can help, agricultural specialists told the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford this week.

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Innovation is the process whereby individuals or organizations bring new or existing products, processes or ways of organization into use for the first time in a specific context.

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Nearly 1 billion of the world’s 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 reside in developing countries. Their numbers are growing far more rapidly in lower income countries than in higher income countries, particularly in rural areas. In fact, rural youth make up around half of all youth in developing countries.

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The main objective of this study is to describe the current situation and contribute to setting out a common position on youth development in family farming. The conclusions reached will therefore be taken into account in the policy lobbying on behalf of young people in the IYFF+10 campaign.

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 Agriculture has undergone many transformations over thousands of years. Humanity has moved from a society of hunter-gatherers to an agrarian community and then to one where agriculture is handled as an industry, yet still primarily supported at the source by smallholder family farms.

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GCARD3 was a truly global gathering, with over 500 participants from 83 countries and across 15 different recognized sectors, with many more joining us via social media. GCARD3 was a long way from earlier international agricultural research conferences.