Climate Change

Call for case studies on indigenous youth response to COVID-19

Showcasing proactive solutions to the crisis triggered by COVID-19

As part of FAO’s "Boosting Koronivia" project supporting the negotiation process under the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, FAO is planning to publish a collection of case studies to showcase measures taken by indigenous youth to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic within indigenous communities.

The call is aimed at initiatives, NGOs or other groups lead by indigenous youth

We are particularly interested in hearing from the following regions: the Arctic; Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; the Pacific; and, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

By contributing to this publication, you will increase visibility of your initiative and have the possibility to inform international policy makers and negotiators on the measures indigenous youth are taking to strengthen food security and socio-economic conditions within indigenous communities.

The publication will be translated into French and Spanish and published on the FAO website. Submissions are accepted in English only.

Please note that FAO reserves the right to review, edit and adapt submissions, and only selected case studies will be included in the final publication.

Guidelines for case studies

General requirements

General requirements

  • Case studies should be submitted in English only and must not exceed 1500 words in length.
  • This publication aims to cover the seven socio-cultural regions that indigenous peoples have identified: 1) Africa; 2) the Arctic; 3) Asia; 4) Central and South America and the Caribbean; 5) Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; 6) North America; and 7) the Pacific. Please specify which of the seven regions your case study covers.
  • Please attach high quality photographs (file type: jpg or tiff)  including name of the photographer and organization with clear indications on copyright.
  • If including graphs, figures or infographics, please provide in .pdf or .ai format.
  • Please provide additional resources where possible (links to websites, videos, blogs, etc.).
  • Deadline for submissions is 1 July 2020. Please email us at [email protected]. If you have any questions or require more information please contact us at the same email address.

Case study themes

Case study themes

For editing purposes, initiatives will be categorized into four areas. 
Please indicate ONE of the four themes to which your case study contributes:

  1. Health
    Collective action and new networks, provision of essential health and/or hygiene services, the use of traditional medicines for disease prevention, , support with public health service access, promotion of traditional health practices for application elsewhere, initiatives concerned with national pandemic protocols, translations of regulations and health guidelines into indigenous languages, dissemination of translated health information, education on adequate hygienic practices, disaggregated health data monitoring, etc.
  2. Food security and food systems
    Collective action and new networks, emergency food supplies, promotion of traditional food systems, adaptation of food systems to ensure food supply, use of traditional food systems for food security, etc.
  3. Entrepreneurship and innovation
    Turning to traditional knowledge for innovative solutions, the use of traditional knowledge for preventive health care, building community resilience and social cohesion, collective action and new networks, innovative ways of providing people with schooling during the pandemic, use of social media to spread awareness,  collective action and new networks, new markets due to pandemic, new products, new practices, repurposing of objects for different use, etc.
  4. Income and financial support
    In kind transfer, cash transfer, collective action and new networks, small loans, microcredits, new income possibilities, land access, etc.

How to structure your case study

How to structure your case study

Please structure your case study according to the four sections listed below:

A. Regional impacts/background (max 350 words)

What are the impacts of climate change in the region/on the community?

For example:

  • What impacts does climate change have on agriculture, yields, production
  • Has climate change caused a shift in the social structure within indigenous communities?
  • What are the needs in terms of adaptation to climate change? 

How did the situation change through the pandemic (socio-economics and food security before and during COVID-19)?

For example:

  • What impact has the pandemic had on the climate resilience of indigenous peoples? 
  • What impact has it had on access to health and sanitation services, to food, to ecosystem services, to education, to knowledge about the virus, to markets, and to necessary support networks with government or NGO partners?
  • What  other socio-economic challenges is the community facing as a result of the pandemic (child labour, unemployment, land grabbing, inequalities, inclusion of youth in decision-making and policy advice, migration to urban centres, relationship between elders and youth, violence, etc.)?
  • Are there issues connected to food supply and is access to markets provided?

B. Information about the initiative/NGO/youth group (max 150 words)

For example:

  • Name of the initiative/NGO/youth group (if there is one)
  • Number of members
  • History/timeline
  • Geographical representation
  • Main goals
  • Target group/s
  • Link to website/contact details

C. Description of the project (max. 600 words)

For example:

  • Key stakeholders and partners
  • What actions were taken?
  • What are the key impacts?
  • What is FAO’s role or what role could FAO play?

D. Potential to reach other communities, lessons learned, recommendations (max. 400 words)

  • Why is this activity a good practice?
  • What were the challenges and lessons learnt? 
  • Is there a potential for spreading the initiative to other communities?
  • Key recommendations for community members/politicians/FAO?

Some examples

Some examples

For general inspiration on how to write a case study, please refer to the following: 

http://www.fao.org/3/ca5746en/ca5746en.pdf
http://www.fao.org/3/CA2386EN/ca2386en.pdf
http://www.fao.org/3/ca8617en/ca8617en.pdf