Advocacy and awareness raising for decent jobs for youth in the rural economy

FAO is committed to strengthen the strategic multi-stakeholder alliance, around the thematic area of youth in the rural economy, which advocates, ensures policy convergence, stimulates innovative thinking and mobilizes resources for more and better investments in rural youth employment. FAO will actively promote the visibility of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and advocate for decent rural employment for youth.


Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) United Nations system entity

Policy, advocacy and convening power

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 1.1 By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
  • 2.1 By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
  • 5.4 Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
  • 5.5 Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
  • 5.a Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
  • 5.c Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels
  • 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
  • 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  • 8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment


Creating decent jobs for youth in rural areas is a global concern which requires the highest possible level of policy attention and action. This is why FAO builds multi-stakeholder alliances and advocates to increase action and impact on youth employment together with national institutions, the private sector, the UN System and other multilateral organizations, academia, representatives of the social partners and of youth organizations. Concretely, FAO advocates for high-level policy commitment and action on decent rural youth employment during relevant global and regional conferences, events, and campaigns. FAO promotes the thematic area of youth employment in rural areas during high-level consultations (such as the FAO Regional Conference for Africa with all member states of FAO’s Africa Region present or the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum), during capacity development workshops (such as the Workshop ‘Decent Jobs for Rural Youth in Southern Africa (SFS) with 16 countries present) or in the context of programmes and activities (such as the FAO Special Programme on Youth Employment in Africa and the G20 Initiative for Rural Youth Employment). Furthermore, FAO supports regional and sub-regional organizations, such as the AfDB-IITA-AGRA programme Empowering Novel Agribusiness-Led Employment for Youth (ENABLE Youth) loan facility, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to develop specific policies and strategies for youth employment in agriculture.

Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 5 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items

    8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    Five global and regional conferences, events, campaigns and other advocacy activities to promote the thematic area of decent jobs for youth in the rural economy

    BY: Dec 2018





Target: Only young people 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-35

  • Young people in rural areas

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