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    Strengthening the Capacity and Engagement of Young Somali Professionals in Agriculture and Food Security for National Resilience-Building - TCP/SOM/3802 2023
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    Somalia is emerging from decades of conflict and a breakdown of state institutions, including those responsible for leading, coordinating and advancing progress in the agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors. However, the process of revitalizing institutions is challenged by a lack of qualified and experienced staff in local job markets, as well as recent university graduates who have yet to gain the relevant technical and organizational experience and training required to work in line ministries, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations (UN) agencies. Although Somalia’s work force has considerable potential, including individuals from the diaspora, many require proper training and exposure to the agriculture and food security sectors. Such preparation would render them better suited for employment within these sectors, enabling them to make meaningful contributions toward attaining national and rural development objectives. As such, this project aimed to enable and empower young agricultural leaders to help shape and contribute to agricultural development in Somalia. It aimed to recruit 20 university-trained national professionals to participate in a ten-month internship programme for junior technical professionals, in collaboration with relevant authorities.
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    Opportunities for Youth in Africa (OYA) Programme
    Accelerating job creation and entrepreneurship in agriculture and agribusiness
    2021
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have developed a joint regional programme titled "Opportunities for Youth in Africa: Accelerating Job Creation and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Agribusiness". The programme is in response to a dedicated call for accelerating efforts in the area of job creation. This call was made during the 2018 Conference on Youth Employment in Agriculture co-organized by the African Union, the Government of Rwanda and FAO, which took place on 20-21 August 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, with the theme “Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to Ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship”. This brochure frames the OYA programme to align it with the priorities of donors including migration, human security and sustainable transitions. It also gives greater visibility to the programme's theory of change, objectives and targets of implementation.
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    Booklet
    Distress migration and youth in protracted crises 2016
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    This note focuses on the topic of distress migration and youth in protracted crises, and the possible solutions from the JFFLS approach, using case studies of FAO interventions. Migration is a common phenomenon in protracted crises, mainly resulting from displacement due to conflict, natural disasters and /or the deterioration of livelihoods. The challenges posed by migration are many: a disruption of food and nutrition security, increasing competition among livelihood groups, ever greater numbe rs of displaced young people exposed to the threat of both violence and radicalization, plus harmful impact on livelihoods in the countries of origin. However, migration also presents opportunities, including powerful drivers for sustainable post-conflict recovery, opportunities for host communities and young people as a dynamic force for rebuilding communities and peace. FAO’s Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS) methodology in various countries with protracted crises has proven effecti ve in increasing the agricultural, business and life skills of young refugees, child soldiers and other vulnerable groups in protracted crises, and thus helping them to become more resilient, productive and active members of their communities.

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