How can we help rural youth to deal with these issues?
The key is information and access to it. If you provide young people with access to information, you open up a world of opportunities for them. Yet, the information needs to be relevant. Many efforts to reach out to rural communities use outdated means , and often provide outdated and irrelevant information, leaving those they seek to help disconnected from the modern world. Relevant information is, first of all, timely information. For many agricultural activities, timing is critical. Market information that reaches a farmer by snail mail is likely to be out of date, and therefore no longer useful. But in other sectors too, timing is crucial. In the health care sector, having the right information available when it is needed can be a matter of life and death.
See the rest of the interview doen about two years ago at http://ictupdate.cta.int/index.php/article/articleview/396/