The Young Farmers’ Network with clear direction for promoting youth situation in rural areas

8 Nov 2019

The Young Farmers’ Network and the mentoring organisation Rural Coalition have begun the process of developing Strategy as part of their partner grant awarded under the Civil Society Resource Centre.

The conclusion of the analysis of the organisation’s strengths and weaknesses was that young people in rural areas have no incentive to remain in rural areas, but they also do not know the benefits of working together in the community in which they live. Several existing opportunities have also been identified, but the Young Farmers’ Network and other organisations operating in the field do not have sufficient influence or capacity to perceive, structure and transform opportunities into strengths.

On the other hand, the Network itself needs to set clear guidelines and directions for strategic development. It will help in the structural and organizational strengthening, as well as strengthening its position in the agricultural and rural development sector. Clear guidelines are also needed to address the challenges posed by emigration of young people to urban areas and abroad, as well as the existence of less structural funds focused on supporting agriculture and rural development.

A clear vision and mission, defined strategic goals and organisational values will guide the organisation’s action to improve the situation of young people in rural areas and their social and economic inclusion in society.

This activity is part of the project “The strategic action of the Young Farmers’ Network – a key factor contributing to the strengthening of the position in agriculture and rural development” implemented by the Young Farmers’ Network, Debarca in partnership with Rural Coalition – Kumanovo. This project is awarded under the program “National Resource Centre for Civil Society Organisations” implemented by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC), the Association for Democratic Initiatives (ADI) from Gostivar and Media Plus from Stip and is funded by the European Union.

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