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FAO, Private and public partnership model for Youth Employment in Agriculture. Experiences from Malawi, Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar Archipelago








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    Decent rural employment and productivity of family labour 2017
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    Agricultural labour productivity and decent employment are interlinked. Data show that in countries with higher agricultural productivity, the agricultural workforce faces a lower probability to be unemployed, poor or in vulnerable employment. This indicates that decent work gaps in agriculture can be addressed by increasing labour productivity. To do so, FAO works to improve the skills of the agricultural workforce through trainings and education, with particular emphasis on youth, helping them adapt to ongoing and future labour market demands. This enhances the ability of rural dweller to engage in high quality jobs and increases their mobility within the agricultural sector and towards agriculture-related activities. Altogether, this will foster inclusive rural development.
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    Decent Rural Employment for Food Security: A Case for Action 2012
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    Promoting decent employment is essential to achieving food security and reducing poverty. Simply put, in order to be able to access food, poor people rely on the income from their labour, because it is often the only asset they have. This was explicitly acknowledged through the inclusion of target 1.B “Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people” in the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 to “Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger”. However, p olicy responses have rarely addressed the employment and hunger challenges in a coordinated manner. There has been growing attention to the importance of employment, as seen in the United Nations (UN) system’s response to the global and financial crisis. In 2009, the UN agreed on a Global Jobs Pact to boost employment, production, investment and aggregate demand, and promote decent work for all. Moreover, the UN System Wide Action Plan of the Second UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008 -2017) set “full employment and decent work for all” as a main theme. Likewise, a variety of initiatives have been taken to increase food and nutrition security of the most vulnerable, including increasing investment in agriculture, addressing food prices increases, and reducing producers’ and consumers’ vulnerability to food price shocks and to the effects of climate change. And yet, those initiatives have rarely taken up explicit employment objectives.
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    FAO's Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for promoting decent rural employment in Uganda 2017
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    Decent rural employment is key to achieving food security and alleviating poverty. FAO has committed, through its Strategic Framework, to foster the enabling environment in support of decent rural employment (DRE), with special focus on rural youth and women’s economic and social empowerment. One of the FAO’s flagship programmes in this area is the Integrated Country Approach (ICA) for promoting decent rural employment. So far, the ICA programme has been implemented in five countries in Sub-Saha ran Africa and Latin America, mainly funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, under the FAO Multi-Partner Support Mechanism. In Uganda, the programme implementation started in 2015.

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