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Green Jobs for Rural Youth in Agri-Food Systems

The Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth Employment (TWG RYE) has recently been exploring the topic of green jobs for youth. This ongoing conversation led to a webinar GREEN JOBS FOR RURAL YOUTH IN AGRI-FOOD SYSTEMS, which took place on 25 April 2022, to discuss entry points for understanding green jobs in agri-food systems.


CFS process on youth engagement and employment

Throughout 2022, the Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth Employment (TWG RYE) will be following the policy convergence process towards the development of policy recommendations in the Committee of World Food Security (CFS) on Promoting Youth Engagement and Employment in Agriculture and Food Systems, which was initiated at the 49th CFS in October 2021.


Youth employment and entrepreneurship in sustainable agri-food system transformation in Africa (Seminar)

15 February 2022

The GDPRD Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth Employment member GIZ (Global Project on Rural Employment with a Focus on Youth) in partnership with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) organized a session on “Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Agri-Food System Transformation in Africa” as a side event to the 7th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF22).


Youth for Climate-Resilient Agriculture Competition (YCRAC)

Deadline: 5 February 2022 at 11:59 PM (Rome time)

FAO and IAAS (International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences), in collaboration with YPARD (Young Professionals for Young Professionals for Agricultural Development) have launched the Youth for Climate-Resilient Agriculture Competition (YCRAC) to support and promote youth engaged in developing greener and more resilient agrifood systems.


Why is rural youth employment key to shaping sustainable food systems?

16 December 2021 | Virtual

Youth are the main actors in shaping a sustainable food system transformation and rural youth employment has direct links to a broad spectrum of thematic areas in development cooperation. This makes it one of the keys to achieving the SDGs, in particular SDG2.

Group Co-Chairs explain the issue and illustrate how diverse members come together to unlock the topic’s equally diverse potentials.


The International Day of Youth

10 August 2021 | Rome, Italy

12 August 2021 is the International Day of Youth, celebrating the vital role of youth in food systems transformation. Youth accounts for one out of every six people worldwide, and millions of them are engaged in agriculture. The empowerment of youth should allow them to speak for themselves with their experiences and ideas, and creating the means for them to connect, share and develop solutions for the challenges they face.


Independent Dialogue: African Youth as Drivers for Decent Job Creation in Sustainable Food Systems

30 June 2021 | Rome, Italy

On 30 June 2021, the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Rural Youth Employment (RYE) organised an Independent Dialogue to the United Nation Food System Summit (UNFSS). The event was centred around two game-changing solutions proposed to the UNFSS by Nourishing Africa (launch of a coalition for youth in African Agriculture) and FAO (empowering youth as innovators and change makers for sustainable food systems), that were chosen based on their focus on youth as drivers for food system change.


Towards More Inclusive Pathways of Structural Transformation for a Brighter Future of Work for Youth in Rural Areas (WEBINAR)

23 June 2021 | Rome, Italy

The Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth Employment organised a webinar on " Towards more inclusive pathways to structural transformation for a brighter future of work for youth in rural areas". Keynote speaker Bernd Müller from the ILO presented findings from his article on “Rural youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Moving away from urban myths and towards structural policy solutions”.


Trade and invest in one Africa: The 2019 World Export and Development Forum

20 November 2019 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The 2019 World Export Development Forum assembled more than 1,000 business leaders, policy makers, and young entrepreneurs. The Forum focused on women and youth through a SheTrades global event and the Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment (YES!) Forum, a unique platform for youth entrepreneurship and self-employment.