Hi, I’m Edwin Escoto, currently the Latin America regional coordinator for Groundswell International organization, a network that supports local food systems in Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador. Today I would like to talk about the situation that young people endure, especially young people in rural communities that live in poverty. The main problems they face are related to violence/corruption. The lack of employment opportunities and the lack of available education which consequently forces them to migrate either inside or outside the country. When I say migrate outside the country, this is a recent and ongoing challenge we are witnessing. Many caravans especially regarding the Honduran population with people from Guatemala and El Salvador that are mostly displaced by corruption problems, especially violence. However, people in communities especially young people find opportunities to overcome this situation by working with nature through farming. One of the examples regarding the work that Groundswell International supports in Honduras, and Guatemala especially is related to the project funded by the Milburn foundation which is focused on promoting local markets. This includes everything related to the organization process of the people organizing youth groups training processes on specific topics related to entrepreneurship especially youth entrepreneurship that translates then into the the possibility that they can use local resources and the local potential to develop some skills and strengthen some capabilities that allow them to become entrepreneurs. That is, to be able to have their employment opportunity generated by themselves and the possibility of generating some income that allows them to reinvest either in their productive initiatives or in their education, as a result, this has a impact because it reduces or stabilizes young people within their communities. This also allows them to be integrated into organizational structures and to strengthen the social fabric of the region at the country level. It represents a relief because although it is true, complete migration is not avoided of young people but their flow is reduced internally. The country maintains support, or in other words agroecology or the processes related to local food production as I said. Previously, local food systems have an important contribution in the population stabilization especially of young people in our countries thanks to the support of the Milburn Foundation Groundswell International we have achieved great advances aligned with the promotion of food systems, specifically in projects linked to local markets in this case there are three major aspects in which we have identified advances: 1) There is a growth in food security because of our action learning programs. As we have just managed to strengthen the capacity of producers’ skills for organic production which includes not only the production but also the transformation and consumption of indigenous food. We talk about the opportunity to generate income because this allows producers and young people especially to organize in order to take advantage of their skills to make innovations related to adding value. Some products are directly related to food which allows them to market locally giving young entrepreneurs the opportunity to generate income and strengthen local economies. The third aspect has to do with all the mobilization actions of sharable knowledge. This of great importance because there is a lot of knowledge from the farmers themselves but it also allows information to be shared with them and in this way to strengthen the bonds of solidarity and cooperation among the population especially among producers and consumers. Thank you very much for spending time and watching this video. We also appreciate your support for smallholder farmers to support the local economy related to agricultural production for everyone in any part of the world. We are all consumers of natural resources and we must then be grateful for the people who produce our food our food.