Pacific youth in agriculture strategy 2011 – 2015 : echoing the voices of young people
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Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network, Secretariat of the Pacific Community. 2010. Pacific youth in agriculture strategy 2011 – 2015 : echoing the voices of young people. SPC, Noumea, New Caledonia
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The findings and recommendations of this strategy suggest the need for a more concerted effort at the family, community, national and regional level to support the development of young people and encourage their participation in agricultural activities and enterprises...
Mainstreaming youth issues 1. All stakeholders must design programmes with youth participation in mind and actively seek the input of young people at all stages of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation process. Consideration must be given to the type of platforms that will encourage young people to express their views openly. 2. Appropriate consideration must be given to the different needs of men and women and the different demands on their time. The additional cultural and social barriers that women may need to overcome to access support and resources must be considered when designing activities to promote their involvement. Young people with disabilities may fi nd it especially diffi cult to access support to engage in agricultural activities and may need additional support from stakeholders to identify and realise opportunities in the sector and eliminate discrimination. 3. Governments in partnership with other stakeholders must develop mechanisms, where these do not already exist, to coordinate the activities of all stakeholders involved in supporting youth engagement in agriculture. This should include the establishment of a national Youth in Agriculture Steering Committee to provide a forum for coordination and joint planning initiatives where appropriate structures do not currently exist. Such strategic partnerships will help facilitate the sharing and better targeting of limited resources and support learning from successes and failures. 4. All stakeholders must support youth development and facilitate the participation of young women and men in decision-making processes by ensuring they are given appropriate opportunities and responsibility to contribute effectively to their communities and workplaces. Governments and partners should increase the use of attachments and internship programmes that provide effective mentoring and capacity building for young people. Such programmes can assist in developing the leadership skills of young people, ensure their active contribution to development programmes and provide important work experience to support their career progression.