The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food wants to support the entrepreneurial spirit of young people in rural areas. The director general of Rural Development, Innovation and Agri-food Education, Isabel Bombal, explained that the National Rural Network has created a working group on young people and the rural environment.
The group formed in the network has already analysed the demands and needs of young people. In this regard, he stressed the need to strengthen the guidance and mentoring of young people so that they can participate in rural life. This, he stressed, will also help them to get better jobs.
The Director General reported that the National Rural Network had a range of resources available for consultation, including information on key funding sources, training and guidance and mentoring schemes.
The National Rural Network is a platform managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. This platform makes it possible to highlight the rural development policies implemented by public administrations and bodies. The initiatives carried out are listed on the website www.redruralnacional.es.
Conference for young people in rural areas
To promote entrepreneurship, the National Rural Network organised a series of five sector-specific conferences on rural entrepreneurship. These workshops were particularly aimed at young people. One of the last workshops addressed the reality of local businesses and presented examples of entrepreneurial projects and good practices promoted by young people in rural areas of the different Autonomous Communities.
The Director General highlighted the value that young people bring to the business fabric. In his opinion, they are “an essential element to strengthen and consolidate the socio-economic fabric of rural areas, promoting entrepreneurship and developing new business models: digital, sustainable and profitable”.
The conference is part of the activities of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to promote youth activities in rural areas.