Climate Change

Call for case studies on initiatives that enhance the livelihoods of small-scale food producer youth under a changing climate

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 proactive solutions taken to support and strengthen the livelihoods of small-scale food producer youth under a changing climate. These include sustainable practices and measures that create or contribute to the social, economic and environmental stability of youth involved in small-scale food production, while facing the impacts of climate change.

What is a small-scale food producer?

According to the SDG 2 definition, a small-scale food producer is a producer with less than 5 ha of operated land and/or 5 TLUs (Tropical Livestock Units) and/or those who make up the 40% of the population who hold the smallest agricultural income in a country.  

The call is aimed at initiatives, NGOs/youth groups/international organizations and governments.

By contributing to this publication, you will increase visibility of your project and have the possibility to inform international policy makers and negotiators on the challenges and successful measures to support small-scale producer youth struggling with the impacts of climate change.

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 4500 words (4 pages) in length.
  • 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 28 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. Capacity building and education, for example:
    Networks and platforms for knowledge exchange; providing direct access to knowledge; innovative approaches and knowledge on how to start your own farm; opportunities to develop technical, business and soft skills; mentoring programs; pilot gardens for youth; farm management classes, etc. 
  2. Access to land and ecosystem services, for example:
    Support (and specific incentives) to provide youth with land; providing legal guidance; overcoming intergenerational issues; processes used for land adjudication to youth in the context of community land; support with access to productive resources or water,etc.
  3. Engagement in decision-making processes, for example:
    Inclusive mechanisms promoting youth participation in decision-making in their rural communities, organizations and in public policymaking processes; youth inclusive development and implementation of public policies; inclusion of youth in the development of new strategies and programs; engagement of youth in international decision-making with a focus on small-scale food production
  4. Entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, for example:
    Technical assistance; innovative solutions based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT); facilitation of ICTs; access to new technologies, new practices for cultivation or sustainable agriculture guidance and formation in entrepreneurship; new apps to support farm management; digital agriculture; bridging traditional knowledge for new solutions; use of traditonal knowledge for new purposes; introcution of new products and/or economic opportunities to build more stable livelihoods, etc.
  5. Access to markets, income protection, generation, and diversification, for example:
    Diversification of income opportunities within and outside of agricultural activities; networks to collaborate on the sale of food; facilitating access to young small-scale food producers; new income possibilities; facilitation of innovative value chains and/or market solutions; distribuition of seeds or equipment; in-kind transfer and cash transfer; collective action and new networks; small loans, microcredits, new investment strategies to better target small-scale food producer youth.

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. 1125 words)

What are the impacts of climate change in the region/on the community, especially female and male youth?

  • What impacts does climate change have on the number of young people working in agriculture? What impact does it have on yields and production?
  • Has climate change caused a shift in the social structure within communities? How? Did members of communities did have to migrate? Are there policies in place (e.g. shock responsive social protection policies) to protect affected households?
  • What are the needs in terms of adaptation to climate change? What are the adaption strategies put in place by the community? Have they worked equally for youth and non-youth?
  • What are the impact on the social, economic and employment prospects of young people? What are the food security impacts? (see access to, in the question below)?

What is the situation of youth (male and female) engaging in small-scale food production?

  • What are the specific challenges faced by male and female youth engaging in small-scale food production? 
  • Are there policies supporting male and female youth to to engage in small-scale food production activities?
  • What are the trade-offs faced by youth?
  • What is the current situation in terms of youth access to health and sanitation services (including access to mental health services), to land, to productive resources, to food, to ecosystem services, to  education, to knowledge about small-scale food production, to necessary support networks with government or NGO partners?
  • What are the socio-economic challenges faced by youth within the community? For example: Child labour, un-and underemployment, land grabbing, inequalities, inclusion of youth in decision-making and policy advice, migration to urban centres, relationship between elders and youth, violence, conflict, mental health problems, suicide...
  • Are there issues for youth connected to food supply and possible food insecurity within communities, and is access to markets provided?

B. Information about the initiative/NGO/youth group (max. 450 words)

  • Name of the initiative/NGO/youth group (if there is one)
  • Continent or region in which the case study takes place
  • Number of members (of which numbers of females and males)
  • History/timeline (since when does the initiative exist, what has been done so far)
  • Geographical representation
  • Main goals
  • Target group/s
  • Link to website/project page/blogs/news articles or other contact details

C. Description of the project (max. 1800 words)

  • Key stakeholders and partners
  • What actions were taken? If yes, how did you address men and women differently?
  • What are the key impacts? What are different impacts on male and female youth?
  • What is FAO’s role or what role could FAO play?

D. Potential to reach other communities, lessons learned, recommendations (max. 1125 words)

  • Why is this activity a good practice?
  • What were the challenges and lessons learnt?
  • What were the challenges? How did you overcome them? (Differentiate between challenges faced by male and female youth)
  • 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: