Feed the Future Project Design Guide for Youth-Inclusive Agriculture and Food Systems: Volume I - Project Design
The two-part Feed The Future Project Design Guide for Youth-Inclusive Agriculture and Food Systems (Volumes I & II) provides USAID staff and implementing partners with approaches, frameworks and tools to design agriculture programs that promote successful and meaningful youth engagement with the US Feed the Future Initiative and the US government Global Food Security Strategy.
Volume I is intended to support Feed the Future staff (USAID Missions and others) to design youth inclusive programs based on the USAID project design cycle.
This guide highlights ways in which program designers can develop youth-inclusive projects and activities that account for both the diversity of the youth cohort as well as the dynamism of the agricultural sector. Additionally, the guide supports Missions and implementing partners to more intentionally incorporate youth in Feed the Future activity implementation.
Top takeaways for youth-inclusive Feed the Future project design (Volume I)
- Actively seek youth participation throughout the entire USAID program cycle
- Enlist the expertise of a youth specialist in project design, especially for projects or activities that focus on youth as the primary participant/beneficiary
- Acknowledge the heterogeneity of young men and women and identify the specific age-appropriate youth segment(s) to be included in or targeted by the project/activity
- Conduct a youth analysis to inform the different stages of project design. If a stand-alone youth analysis is not an option, integrate youth analysis as part of the mandatory gender analysis and/or Mission-led value chain analysis
- Apply a Positive Youth Development (PYD) lens and approach to intentionally integrate young people into the agri-food system, based on evidence-based approaches
You can also access a short online version of the guides.