Youth employment is a pressing global challenge. Even before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people – those aged 15 to 24 – were three times more likely to be unemployed than those aged 25 and over. Moreover, nearly 267 million young people were not in employment, education or training (NEET) pre-pandemic.
In addition to that, approximately 88 per cent of the world’s 1.2 billion young people live in developing countries, many of whom, despite rapid urbanization, live in rural areas. Young people in food systems and rural areas, especially young women, are highly vulnerable amidst the COVID-19 pandemic since most of them are likely to be employed in the informal economy with limited or no access to social protection, have low-paid and less-secure jobs, and be living in poverty despite being in employment, i.e working poverty
Against this background, the Masterclass on Promoting Decent Jobs for Youth in the Rural Economy aims to:
- Discuss the challenges and opportunities for young people to access decent jobs in food systems, particularly in the rural economy and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Identify best practices in what works to create and promote decent work opportunities for youth in agri-food systems, with a focus on the rural economy
- Amplify youth voices and promote youth rights by featuring youth-led solutions to youth employment issues
The one-hour session featured an interactive Masterclass on youth employment challenges and solutions led by two experts from the International Labour Organization (ILO). The Masterclass also showcased innovative youth-led solutions designed to promote more and better jobs for youth in rural areas.
Recording is availalble via here.