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Good practices - Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for boosting decent jobs for youth in the agrifood system

Youth-inclusive policymaking: The National Strategy for Youth Employment in Agriculture (NSYEA) of Uganda









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    Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for boosting decent jobs for youth in the agrifood system: youth financial inclusion
    Country experiences and lessons learned
    2023
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    This brief presents the lessons learned in the domain of youth financial inclusion emerging from the implementation of the project “Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for boosting decent jobs for youth in the agrifood system”. The ICA project, funded primarily by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), is currently being implemented (for the 2019-2023 period), by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in Guatemala, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda. The brief illustrates a range of experiences and models proposed by the ICA project and its partners to facilitate youth access to formal financial services. It presents key lessons derived from the project’s experience, including the importance of enhancing youth financial literacy and their awareness of the available offer of financial services, as well as the need to introduce innovations aimed at adapting the offer of local financial services to youth’s specific needs.
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    Boosting decent jobs for youth in the agrifood system 2023
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    There are more young people on our planet today than ever before. The exceptionally high number of youth represents an enormous opportunity for economic growth and for the rejuvenation of agrifood systems. However, poor access to land and other natural resources, infrastructure, finance, technology, knowledge and support services, together with low remunerations, turn youth away from agrifood systems. Youth face higher unemployment rates than adults and are often overrepresented among the most vulnerable categories of workers. Addressing their needs is key to harness their full contribution to agrifood systems development. Since 2011, FAO has been implementing the Integrated Country Approach (ICA) programme to assist countries in developing inclusive agrifood policies, strategies and programmes for the promotion of youth engagement and employment in agrifood systems.
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    Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for boosting decent jobs for youth in the agrifood system
    Baseline Survey Report
    2023
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    This Baseline Survey Report brings together the information collected through baseline surveys across the five countries supported by the project Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for boosting decent jobs for youth in the agrifood system (2019-2023). The ICA baseline surveys provide an in-depth understanding of the socioeconomic situation of the beneficiaries of the ICA pilot models before receiving support, the characteristics of their agribusinesses, as well as of their access to information and communication technology (ICT), finance and training. The report aims to foster information sharing across countries, highlight common challenges and lessons learned from the data collection process, and possibly inspire other similar youth employment interventions on the basis of the lessons learned from the ICA baselines and the changes that they induced for the overall theory of change of the ICA project.

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