effective cold storage facility, establishing new marketing links, and introducing of vocational training. Youth groups have been formed to educate the public, especially the parents, about the schemes and facilities available for the rural sector. These youth groups organise expert talks to impart information on new agricultural technologies and trends. Youth groups also put pressure on the government to sponsor rural youth to study and acquire training in the agricultural sector.Promoting eco-tourism for rural development is important as an off-farm activity to address unemployment, degradation of biodiversity, and ignorance about available natural resources. To provide some solutions to these issues, the YES Meghalaya Network has been propagating eco-tourism among the rural youth by helping them develop indigenous technologies and marketing strategies in the handloom and handicrafts sector that make use of locally available cane and bamboo. Action has been taken to bring the traditional institutions and stakeholders in the village community together for training, financial networking, and forming Self Help Groups (SHGs) and other entities that can receive micro-credits for establishing small businesses.Another issue addressed by the YES Meghalaya Network is the inferior state of animal husbandry where the lack of technical knowledge, food-processing units, education and training about livestock management, and an inconsistent supply of livestock feeds, medication, and electricity threaten livelihoods. The YES Meghalaya Network has lobbied for education and funding from the government and private sector. The Network worked with a private company to establish renewable energy resources such as solar and biogas to supplement energy supply to poultry farms and other buildings in the winter. The government has been asked to set up more cold storage facilities for perishable goods and to ensure uninterrupted supply of cold perishable products throughout the state, as well as maintain regular checks on prices.The YES Meghalaya Network sponsors youth groups in many villages to tackle the educational and infrastructure aspects of the problem. Through those partnerships, the Network invites resource personnel to conduct talks and training programmes in the villages. Together, the youth groups and the Network lobbied the Education Department for the introduction of Rural Development as a subject in the school
162 Young people, education, and sustainable developmentBremley W.B. Lyngdohcurriculum. The YES Meghalaya Network also approached three locally influential institutions: the registrar of Cooperative societies, the Government of Meghalaya, and the Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank, to study the feasibility of establishing cooperative societies that would employ local youths.