What is the relation between youth employment and education in agriculture and migration? And how should organizations working to improve food security via employment and education programs relate to the political agenda of mitigating (international) migration? These were questions discussed during the Community of Practice Youth in food systems Meet-up on September 11, 2018. Edukans and SNV presented insights from their experiences, followed by a lively debate with organizations active in this field – aiming at creating a better understanding of the eclectic relation between job creation, better skilled and qualified youth and the root causes of migration.
The insights from both Edukans and SNV confirm that it is difficult to pinpoint to a direct effect of skills training and education on migration decisions, as there are so many influencing factors. Vocational training and education can connect youth to local opportunities, but just trainings are not enough and there is a need for integrated approaches in which job/ business opportunities and other factors such as social relations and climate change are also considered.
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AgriProFocus in close collaboration with the F&BKP, facilitated this fourth Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems, entitled “Youth, Employment and Migration – Understanding the relations between jobs, skilled youth and migration”. The aim of these CoP Meet-ups is to exchange knowledge, share experiences and jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful in agrofood sectors and to have their voices heard among decision makers. By bringing organisations working in this field together, synergy between programs is promoted and the knowledge agenda is further developed. In case you are working on these issues and interested in joining the next CoP Meet-up, or if you have an issue you would like to address, please let us know on: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org