PNG's Rural Youth: An introductions

Josephine Caffery, Jocelyn Perry

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Male and female youth face significant challenges in rural agricultural communities in PNG, including: participation in decisions that affect their future, access to resources to address their needs and; limited community and family expectations for achievement; inability to access customary land; and, few opportunities to gain agricultural education and training (Laraki, 2012). Little is known about PNG rural youth’s attitudes and aspirations in relation to agriculture or how to further engage them in agricultural futures or indeed who youth are or how the term ‘youth’ is defined in PNGs rural contexts. This monograph is the first step in understanding who PNG’s rural and remote, male and female youths are. Based on a detailed literature review on male and female youth across the Pacific, with a primary focus on PNG, this monograph provides an introduction to the definition of PNG’s rural male and female youth, their population, age and their traditional and current standing in society. There are inconsistencies within the literature due to rapidly changing contextual situations and previous incomplete data collection (for example as in PNGs 2011 Census). Despite this, there are are clear themes that can be seen and provide a valuable introduction to the current lives of rural and remote youth in PNG. This literature review brings together knowledge on youth in rural agricultural communities that has been used to inform the the research project Gender equitable agricultural extension through institutions and youth engagement in Papua New Guinea). It is provided here to help inform other youth development or capacity building projects and to stimulate discussion within the relevant communities on what the agricultural sector can offer male and female youth in rural PNG communities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherCentre for Sustainable Communities
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781740885126
Publication statusSubmitted - 20 Oct 2020


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