Feed The Future Project Design Guide for Youth-Inclusive Agriculture and Food Systems Volume II - Implementation

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.

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Volume II offers implementation guidance for activity-level interventions, intended for USAID staff and implementers who may ultimately be managing activities and/or who wish to know more about youth-inclusive approaches to implementation in Feed the Future activities.

Key takeaways
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 II)

  • Identify value chain entry points that are both relevant to and accessible for young people
  • Ensure that workforce training aligns youth with the demands of the value chain entry points, but also develops transferable skills that enable youth to upgrade and tap into new opportunities as they emerge over time
  • Offer youth follow-on support through mentoring, internships, job intermediation, and market facilitation services
  • Consider the entire supportive environment that influences youth decisions and behaviors, including family, community, institutions, and policies/norms
  • Apply a conflict-sensitive youth lens when integrating youth into agriculture and food systems affected by conflict
  • Apply a youth lens to intentionally integrate young people into the agriculture/food system throughout the program cycle and use a Positive Youth Development approach to ensure quality implementation based on evidence-based approaches 

See the other Volume of this guide - Volume I - Project Design.

You can also access a short online version of the guides.


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