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    Tackling child labour through decent youth employment in agri-food systems
    Background paper
    2021
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    Poverty reduction and food security are intrinsically linked. Both depend on sustainable food systems and safe and sustainable agricultural practices. Similarly, poverty reduction and sustainable food systems can only be realized if those producing food, for their own consumption and for local and global supply chains, have decent working conditions and stable livelihoods. Hence, it is essential that young people above the minimum age for employment are protected, offered relevant technical and vocational training, and able to work in safe, non-exploitative agricultural work. Working towards a successful school-to-work transition for the 15-17 years age cohort goes hand in hand with the wider goal of turning agricultural work into productive, decent and therefore desirable employment. Ensuring that well-educated young people are ready to work in agriculture is a key element of food security and sustainable agri-food systems in the future. This paper explores the complex links between child labour, access to education and training, and youth employment in the context of sustainable agri-food systems, poverty reduction and food security, with a particular focus on 15- to 17-year-old youth in rural areas.
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    Social protection and decent rural employment 2015
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    This 2 pager highlights the positive impact of social protection on employment outcomes. It also describes FAO’s work to promote access to social protection in rural areas while seeking to strengthen synergies with the creation of decent rural employment.
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    FAO, Private and public partnership model for Youth Employment in Agriculture. Experiences from Malawi, Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar Archipelago 2014
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger and mitigate poverty by helping developing countries and countries in transition to modernize and improve their agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and to ensure food and nutrition security for all. Furthermore, as stressed by FAO, improving policy coherence between employment and agricultural initiatives and investing more in the promotion of decent rural employment make a si gnificant contribution to the interlinked challenges of fighting rural poverty and feeding a growing – and increasingly young – population in a sustainable way. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s mandate and given the prevalence of poverty and food insecurity among rural youth, they have long been a target of FAO’s activities. Furthermore, the Organization has recently strengthened its commitment to rural youth in its new Strategic Framework. This framework focuses FAO’s ef forts and resources on achieving five strategic objectives. Underlying the third strategic objective – reducing rural poverty – is an explicit emphasis on the promotion of decent employment opportunities for rural youth. This reflects the importance that FAO assigns to youth development as a catalyst for reducing poverty and improving food and nutrition security. It also signals FAO’s intent to address youth employment in a comprehensive way, redirecting expertise and efforts throughout the Orga nization.

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