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I wish to very sincerely thank you for sharing your insights and experiences in this discussion forum. It has been a very rich exchange of approaches and diverse perspectives.
The knowledge you have shared here will feed into the international expert meeting to be held later this year and will inform the recommendations that will be issued.
In these last few days, a number of contributions have highlighted the need for approaches to pay attention to both the broader context factors affecting rural youth and the particular needs and challenges facing youth under 18 (both girls and boys). For instance, participants pointed to the need for greater investment in agriculture and rural development in general, but also to the need for youth employment and agricultural development programmes to specifically target youth under 18 and develop tailored approaches for them.
While the need for increased policy coherence was raised, a number of contributions highlighted the importance of measures to ensure youth under 18 were not excluded in practice during implementation (even when included in policy and programme design). The need to consider legislative barriers facing those under 18 was also raised. In other cases, participants pointed to cultural and social norms that act as barriers to youth. The importance of engaging youth’s families was stressed by several contributors in this regard, as was supporting youth to develop their agency and voice. Organization - whether in youth associations, cooperatives or producers’ organizations - was another common theme.
With regards to education and vocational training – participants consistently pointed to the need to strengthen the inclusion of agricultural curricula in the education system and to improve agriculture’s reputation, both in schools and vocational training centers. Again and again, contributors stressed the importance of schools and vocational training programmes being located in rural areas and close to home, in particular for girls. A number of you also pointed out that the school-to work transition is not linear and that for many youth it is important that they are also earning an income while learning. To engage youth – whether in school, training or business – you also highlighted the social dimension, the creation of a sense of belonging and the provision of advice and support through peer groups or mentorship. Participants shared experiences working with disabled youth and the challenges of youth education and employment in conflict areas and humanitarian crises.
A number of practical and enlightening case studies and models have been provided that further enriched the discussion.
While unfortunately we must bring this discussion to a close, I would like to invite you to send any additional contributions directly to FSN-Moderator@fao.org within the next few days.
Thank you again!
My best regards,
The issue of gender and how it impacts rural girls’ and boys’ access to decent work has been raised in the discussion. A number of issues concerning girls in the 15-17 age group have been highlighted (including child marriages and pregnancies, time burden of domestic and reproductive tasks, and additional challenges in access to training, natural resources, markets and representation in organizations).
I would like to invite the members of this forum to expand on how your approaches and models address the gender dimension in their design or implementation.
It would be particularly interesting to know any specific actions taken to address the challenges faced by rural adolescent girls in participating in vocational training and preparing for and accessing decent work in agriculture and related activities.
I also invite you to share your insights or experiences on any particular challenges or risks faced by rural boys in this age group of 15-17 and their preparation for or access to decent work in agricultural-related activities.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Thank you for your many rich contributions and the models and approaches that you are sharing!
A number of you have mentioned the need for role models for youth in agriculture, improvements in rural infrastructure in general to attract youth to want to stay and work in rural areas, and especially the importance for them to see good income opportunities in agricultural activities. How can we support youth under 18 to make a good, secure income in agriculture, addressing the additional barriers they face due to their age? How can we ensure that agricultural interventions also benefit younger youth?
For those contributors who have mentioned they only work with youth over 18, can you tell us a little more about this decision, so that we can understand better the additional support this group might need or the challenges you are facing in reaching this age group?
Some of the contributions have also mentioned the importance of addressing child labour and youth employment together. How can we strengthen the linkages between child labour and youth employment programmes to treat these young people as a continuum and take more of a life-cycle approach? What is being done to promote safe work for youth under 18 in agriculture while avoiding child labour?
Lastly, A number of you have shared initatives related to providing vocational training to rural youth or work with schools improving agricultural and climate education. How can such initiatives be scaled-up to reach the vast numbers of rural children and youth?
I look forward to our continued discussion, and the approaches you can share on addressing the specific challenges faced by youth under 18 in engaging in agriculture-related activities.
Thank you to everyone who has provided comments and shared ideas and case studies so far!
Many of you have pointed out the need to engage youth in agriculture and the importance of this life stage in terms of careers and development as well as the challenges they are facing. Some of these challenges relate to agriculture in general (risk management, professionalization of the sector, climate change and value chain organization etc.) and some specifically to youth (such as data, blocked participation in agricultural programme and producers’ organization and access to insurance, finance and resources to name a few). We have also received a number of suggestions to support youth in agriculture, related to microfinance, producers’ organizations, deployment of green technologies, participatory approaches, dissemination of information on government programmes, among other ideas). Thank you for these and your other rich contributions!
Thinking about some of these actions raises a number of questions for me on how to ensure that youth under 18 are engaged. For example, can youth under 18 access financial services, join producers’ organizations and participate in national youth and agricultural programmes?
How can we ensure that youth under 18 benefit from such initiatives? Is it in the policy and programme design, or implementation? What approaches have worked to reach this age group with these services and resources or to support their access to decent work in agriculture?
Several of you have also raised the issue of the importance of education and vocational training in rural areas, highlighting cases where theory is linked with hands-on activities and students are linked with the private sector for practical experience. Please keep these cases coming! It would also be interesting to know if there are any examples of ministries of agriculture joining up with ministries of education and youth to do so.
Looking forward to our continued discussion!