Since 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) implements the programme Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for boosting decent jobs for youth in the agri-food system. The programme assists countries in developing more youth-inclusive and employment-centred agrifood-system development policies, strategies and programmes. Strong emphasis is placed on job creation – more jobs – and entrepreneurship development, but also on the quality of jobs in the sector – better jobs!
Since 2011, FAO implements its Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for boosting decent jobs for youth in the agri-food system. The programme leverages a set of FAO's core functions, namely: policy and strategy advice, technical support and capacity development, knowledge generation, partnerships, as well as advocacy and communication. In-depth scoping exercises are conducted in the inception phase of the Programme to better tailor the interventions to country demands and capacity development needs.
The entire approach is geared towards sustainable policy change and places emphasis on strengthening the capacities of national institutions responsible for agriculture and labour to promote decent rural employment, including through private-public partnerships and multi-stakeholder mechanisms. Gender equality, decent work and environmental sustainability are mainstreamed as cross-cutting issues.
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