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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