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Developing the knowledge, skills and talent of youth to further food security and nutrition











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    Youth and Agriculture
    Key Challenges and Concrete Solutions
    2014
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    Young people account for a large percentage of the rural population, and are often unemployed or underemployed, despite the need for labour force in agriculture. Rural youth face many hurdles in trying to earn a livelihood. They do not perceive agriculture as a remunerative or prestigious profession, and until they find meaningful economic opportunities and attractive environments in rural areas, they will continue to migrate to cities. This trend not only contributes to the emerging phenomenon of over-urbanization and growing unemployment in urban areas, but is also expected to affect global food production. Investing in young people living in rural areas is therefore key to enhancing agricultural productivity, boosting rural economies and ensuring food security. This publication provides real life examples on how to re-engage youth in agriculture. It shows how tailor-made educational programmes can provide rural youth with the skills and insights needed to engage in farming and adopt environmentally friendly production methods. Many of the initiatives and approaches reported in this study originate from the youth themselves. The following study was a joint undertaking of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
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    Skills Development for Inclusive Growth in the Lebanese Agriculture Sector - Policy Brief 2020
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    This policy brief presents a summary study of the situation of agriculture and food sector, specifically the agricultural labour market in Lebanon, and highlights the importance of addressing a pronounced skills mismatch in the agricultural labour market to spur agriculture sector development. It reflects the difficulties employers are facing in finding workers with the skills required to perform their jobs at a price that they are able to pay; noting that skill mismatches were reported in all sub-sectors, including several technical and life such as a number of crop and animal farming skills as well as some craft-related skills. In addition, the agricultural technical schools training does not meet market demand and these schools On-Job-Training (OJT) are insufficient to fill the needed gaps in labour market. One more major challenge increasing the skill mismatch is the lack of interest of youth in enrolling in agricultural technical schools. Thus this policy highlights the importance of work-based learning, innovative practices for small-scale farmers, introduction of new techniques and skills, and the necessity of upgrading the agricultural technical schools to meet market demands and to encourage the engagement of students in the agricultural sector. Of course, this is a whole process the policy includes with the recommended role of the Ministry of Agriculture and its education and services department highlighted in the ministry’s 2021-2025 strategy, development of competency-based approach to teaching, learning, testing and certification for improved quality within the agricultural TVET system, in addition to the development of apprenticeship framework.

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