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Green Jobs for Youth

Adapting to climate change through green enterprise and creating jobs for rural youth










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    Green jobs for rural youth 2022
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    While agriculture remains the largest employer in the world, it is a sector that is highly hazardous and often associated with working poverty and vulnerable employment. Agriculture is also the largest user of water and the number one driver of environmental degradation. However, there is enormous potential to turn this situation around and adopt agricultural practices that contribute to sustainability and improved livelihoods. Green jobs can support this shift and provide innovative solutions to address many global issues such as rural poverty, unemployment, climate change, and food insecurity, lifting millions of workers out of poverty and promoting social inclusion. FAO promotes green jobs for youth in agrifood systems through education and training, innovative sustainable technologies, and policy support.
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    Strengthening rural economies through green jobs in agriculture 2023
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    Sixty-five percent of the population in the least developed countries lives in rural settings and largely depends on agriculture to earn a living. Rural areas are crucial for creating a sustainable future, yet face rapid population growth, increasing youth unemployment, food insecurity and the impacts of climate change which hinder their potential to contribute to a just and green transition. One of the most pressing issues is the lack of decent and sustainable employment opportunities for rural communities. FAO works to provide soft and sector-specific training to increase the employability of rural youth, while trying to identify the most promising value chains for green development which include sustainable poultry production, insect rearing for livestock and fish feed, organic horticulture, forestry and apiculture.
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    Youth Agri-Food Policy Assistance
    Supporting governments to increase decent job opportunities for youth in the agri-food system
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    More than 70 million young people are unemployed worldwide and 160 million young workers are living in poverty. Rural youth and women, in particular, face significant obstacles in obtaining quality education and training. Many depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and face severe constraints without access to land, credit or markets. FAO has designed an integrated country approach to work with governments to design youth-inclusive agri-food development policies. Through capacity building, entrepreneurial support and investment promotion, countries can increase job opportunities in the agri-food system, boosting youth employment and ensuring a high-quality agricultural workforce.

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