HLPE e-consultation on the zero draft of the Report on Youth

Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems HLPE consultation on the V0 draft of the report   During its 46th Plenary Session (14 – 18 October 2019), the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested its High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a report entitled “Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems”. The overall aim of the report, as articulated in the CFS Multi-year programme of work, is to “Review the opportunities for, and constraining factors to youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems”, including examining “aspects related to employment, salaries, and working conditions”; “rules, regulations and policy approaches […] aimed at addressing the complexity of structural economic, cultural, social and spatial transformations”. The report was also tasked to “explore the potential of food systems and enhanced rural-urban linkages to provide more and better jobs for women and youth.” The report will be presented at CFS 48th Plenary session in October 2021. As part of the process of elaboration of its reports, the HLPE is organizing a consultation to seek inputs, suggestions, and comments on the present preliminary V0 draft (more details on the different steps of the process, are available here). The results of this consultation will be used by the HLPE to further elaborate the report, which will then be submitted to external expert review, before finalization and approval by the HLPE Steering Committee. HLPE V0-drafts of reports are deliberately presented early enough in the process – as a work-in-progress, with their range of imperfections – to allow sufficient time to properly consider the feedbacks received in the elaboration of the report. E-consultations are a key part of the inclusive and knowledge-based dialogue between the HLPE Steering Committee and the knowledge community at large. How can you contribute to the development of the report? This V0 draft identifies areas for recommendations and contributions on which the HLPE would welcome suggestions or proposals. The HLPE would welcome submission of material, evidence-based suggestions, references, and concrete examples, in particular addressing the following questions: 1. The V0-draft is structured around a conceptual framework which presents three fundamental pillars for youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems (AFS): rights, agency and equity. Do you think that this framework addresses the key issues affecting youth engagement and employment in AFS? 2. The V0-draft identifies main

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CSM Youth Intervention on CSM’s 10th Anniversary Virtual Celebration

The CSM Youth working group collectively analyzed the current moment in world history. We present this urgent message to the CFS and Member States: now is the time to transform. Now is the time for a Just Transition away from the extractive economy of capitalism. Our social movements and civil society organizations oppose corporate control over food and agricultural systems. From the essential base of society, we fight for people’s food sovereignty. We defend democracy and our right to healthy, culturally-appropriate food produced through socially-just and ecologically-sound methods. Small-scale food producers, frontline workers, and grassroots organizations should determine what and how we feed our communities. We call on the CFS to strongly advocate for immediate implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP), in addition to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests. During this UN Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028), the CFS must promote food sovereignty and peasant agroecology as true solutions to the social and ecological crises that youth face. COVID-19 continues to shock global society and the world market. However, smallholder food producers and organized communities have proven during the pandemic that economies based on solidarity, cooperation, and ecology are highly adaptive and resilient. Localized, diversified, direct, and democratically-controlled food systems are key to our survival as a species. Agribusiness exploits us, poisons our bodies, and pollutes our common sources of life. Agribusiness and neoliberal governments destroy ecosystems and local markets, favoring powerful transnational corporations. Capitalist agriculture robs the soil of nutrients and denies the worker and peasant the right to buen vivir. To build the new – a regenerative economy of life, rooted in ancestral wisdom – Member States must divest from the paradigm of industrial food production, which relies so heavily on extraction, militarism, and human rights violations in the constant pursuit of profit and capital accumulation. Support local markets and informal, non-market food distribution! Assist with the expansion of schools operated by social movements, such as La Via Campesina, for training young people in the politics and science of peasant agroecology! Enact genuine agrarian reform! Today, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we demand full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and we honor Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores, a Lenca woman who co-founded and coordinated the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras

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Youth Demands for a Radical Transformation of our Food Systems

Protecting our rights and enabling our agency for the present and future of our health, societies, cultures, knowledges and ecosystems DOWNLOAD THE POLICY DECLARATION HERE CSM Youth Working Group October 2020  Covid-19 and the responses of governments are having devastating impacts on young people and our communities around the globe. We are experiencing the combined impacts of an acute health crisis, a current and looming food crisis, and a climate crisis – all illustrative of wider systems crises. Covid-19 has shown that neoliberal food, economic, governance and development/production systems are not working. Not only are they part of the problem – creating the underlying hunger, poverty, environmental destruction and social exclusion that responses to Covid-19 have exacerbated – but they are unable to offer solutions to these unfolding crises. In this time of multiple crises, Youth are facing several challenges. As markets fail, schools close, and jobs disappear, we see opportunities and our futures crumble away. However, we are not standing idly by. We, as a diverse community of Youth from around the globe, are active in developing solutions to the challenges facing our communities: we are organizing ourselves to continue providing food for our communities and caring for the elderly as well as our children; we are shortening the distance from producer to consumer; we are defending school feeding programs and local markets; we are rebuilding rural economies and territories, ensuring youth can stay and return in the countryside; we are caring for and healing the earth by growing nourishing food through agroecology; we are standing up to domestic violence against women and girls as well as racism, homophobia, xenophobia and the patriarchy; and, we are defending workers’ and migrants’ rights as well as the rights of rural people. We are also imagining new ways to organize the world: envisioning healthy, sustainable and dignified food systems, and taking steps towards achieving them. In our own constituencies and territories, and now here at the CFS, we are elaborating public policy demands to ensure that radical transformations occur NOW, before it is too late. Young people are often presented as beacons of hope for the future. The expectation is on us to imagine and enact solutions to the world’s problems that we have inherited. We do have solutions, but to bring them forward, we need a seat at the table. Similarly, young people are often depicted as a monolith – with

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HLPE e-consultation on the scope of the Youth Report

Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems. E-consultation on the Report’s scope, proposed by the HLPE Steering Committee Deadline 19 of January 2020 Visit CSM Youth Page to see how to engage! During its 46th Plenary Session (14 – 18 October 2019), the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested its High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a report entitled “Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems”, to be presented in 2021 (the request is provided below) [1]. The report, which will provide recommendations to the CFS workstream “Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems”, will: Review the opportunities for, and constraining factors to youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems, including youth access to: Knowledge, information and education; Productive land, natural resources and inputs; Productive tools, extension, advisory and financial services; Training, education and mentorship programmes; Innovation and new technologies; Markets; Policy-making processes. Examine aspects related to employment, salaries, and working conditions; Review rules, regulations and policy approaches, including territorial approaches, aimed at addressing the complexity of structural economic, cultural, social and spatial transformations currently taking place globally; Explore the potential of food systems and enhanced rural-urban linkages to provide more and better jobs for women and youth. Proposed draft Scope of the HLPE Report on “Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems” by the HLPE Steering Committee Engagement of youth (both women and men) is key in making the transition towards sustainable and healthy agriculture and food systems. It is estimated that more than 2 billion children will be born worldwide between 2015 and 2030 (UN, 2015 [2]). The majority of these children will be in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where agriculture and food systems constitute the largest employer, and where the needs in terms of availability, access and quality of food and nutrition are greatest. There is a large untapped reservoir of employment opportunities in the agri-food sector which is increasingly pinched by significant labour constraints in many areas of the world. Yet, due to limited access to land, natural resources, infrastructure, finance, technology, markets, knowledge, and poor working conditions the sector cannot be considered attractive and sustainable for youth. There is a high incidence of informality, casual labour, underemployment, child labour, forced labour, working poverty, and among the lowest rates of access to social

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CSM side event The Future of Food and the Visions of the Youth

CSM Side Event @CFS 46 The future of food and the visions of the youth: “We don’t inherit land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” (Native American Saying) 18 October 2019 08.30 – 10.00 Iraq Room DOWNLOAD THE FLYER SUMMARY OF THE SIDE EVENT Panelists: Hilal Elver – UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Luis Fernando Ceciliano – Alternate Permanent Representative of Costa Rica David Suttie – IFAD Chaturika Sewwandi – Vikalpani National Women’s Federation (Sri Lanka) Jessie MacInnis – La Via Campesina (Canada) Moderator: Nzira Deus – World March of Women (Mozambique) The side event wants to give space to the demands and visions of rural youth and small-scale food producers from CSM towards the upcoming CFS workstream on this topic by strengthening linkages and policy dialogue with youth representatives of the CFS’ most affected constituencies. It will foster and support rural youth policy engagement from the constituencies most contributing to food security and nutrition in light of today’s great challenges, from the growing number of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition to climate change and the issue of migration that impacts youth and their rural communities. It will also offer a unique opportunity to CFS members and participants to understand that many young people are willing to stay in the rural areas and to revitalize them by nurturing dynamic relations with their own communities, their territories, natural resources and traditional knowledge, setting the scene for a just, healthy and sustainable future for all. Interpretation available in EN/ES/FR

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