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About Rural Youth Project

The Rural Youth Project was initiated by agricultural and rural communication specialists Jane Craigie Marketing (JCM) in early 2018 to find out more about young people living rurally and their challenges, aspirations, and needs, in order to support the future of participating countries’ rural youth.

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How to bridge the urban-rural divide, with Mukadass Javaid

Basketball player, Muslim woman, mathematics student, and campaigner for equality and diversity – we meet Mukadass Javaid. Mukadass is a…

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Returning home, when it’s a remote island with no jobs

Twenty-year-old Treasa Cadogan dreams of returning home to Cape Clear Island off the most southerly coast of Ireland, but jobs…

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Being a countryside ranger, and other land-based careers

Luke, Toni, Catriona and Eleanor all work in land based industries such a forestry, countryside management, conservation, and being countryside…

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Bringing barista-style coffee to the Scottish countryside

Austen recently returned to Aberdeenshire from London and is looking develop a mobile pop-up coffee and cocktail bar, tapping into…

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Cress growing and community farming in the Netherlands

Scottish rural leaders and Rural Youth Project delegates were challenged to “think different” on the urban-rural-divide in the Netherlands. Hear…

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The floating dairy farm of Rotterdam

Scottish dairy farmer Rory Christie talks about visiting a floating farm in Rotterdam. Scottish Enterprise rural leaders and Rural Youth…

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How to bridge the urban-rural divide: Lesson from The Netherlands

Fifteen Scottish Enterprise Rural Leaders and five Rural Youth Project delegates were challenged to “think different” on the urban-rural divide…

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In deep, rural southern USA, what can make the young stay?

Many regions of the world that have lost young people to bigger towns and cities – and the deep, rural…

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Guns and ‘mansplaining’: Being a female gamekeeper

Megan Rowland talks to us about being a female gamekeeper in a male dominated sector and how she handles ‘mansplaining’…

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Canadian, Scottish and Dutch – life as a rural young person

We speak to four young people about the challenges of being young in the countryside and what they’re doing to…

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How nature is helping refugees in Sweden

Muin Ghulami arrived in Sweden as an Afghan refugee five years ago. Since then, the 18-year-old has learnt to speak…

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What’s the best thing about being young in the countryside?

Being young in the countryside isn’t all roses, but there are lots of good bits. We asked young people what…

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Being young, rural and dealing with adversity

It’s not easy growing up – and being in the countryside has its own set of challenges. Kendra, Christy and…

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Alana’s story: Family secrets and farming succession in Oz

Alana Black tells us about her family’s experience of losing their farm, how it could all have been avoided, and…

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Living back with my parents in the countryside

Anna Lamotte, 28, talks about living back home with her parents near Perth, Scotland, and the challenges of finding affordable…