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Green Jobs: Call for success stories

Dear colleagues, 

YPARD is collaborating with the Expertise France’s Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework EU Support and FAO on the development of a policy paper on driving transformative changes through decent and green job creation for youth, with a special focus on agri-food systems. 

We want to showcase some successful ongoing activities of youths/young professionals that illustrate opportunities for transformative changes through engagements in agriculture-related green jobs. 

What is a Green Job?

Work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality. It includes jobs that “reduce energy, materials, and water consumption through high-efficiency strategies; decarbonize the economy, and minimize or altogether avoid the generation of all forms of waste and pollution." (UNEP, 2008)

Examples of agriculture-related Green Jobs

  • Environmentally friendly food production: organic farming, composting through reusing residues (e.g. crop, livestock and fish waste, and wood residues), beekeeping, water conservation, agro-processing and agroforestry
  • Energy production from renewable sources: production of biogas from animal manure or crop residues
  • Landscape maintenance and biodiversity protection: environmental conservation/ protection and sustainable land management
  • Climate change and environmental research, development and policymaking
  • Environmentally friendly activities in the countryside, eco-/agro- and sustainable tourism, including on-the-farm agro-processing to be served to clients

If you are involved in jobs/initiatives that alludes to the definition and/or examples above and interested in increasing the visibility of your work, please follow these instructions:

  • Send us a summary of the green job or initiative in English, must not exceed 150 words
  • Include a high-quality photograph (file type: jpg or tiff) with indications on copyright (e.g. name of the photographer/organization)
  • Include links to additional resources where possible (links to websites, videos, blogs, etc.)
  • Submission should be made by 27th July 2020

Please note that the authors of this paper reserve the right to review, edit and adapt submissions, and only selected cases will be included in the final publication. Some extras may be used during events to launch the paper (we will reach out to shortlisted entrants).

If you have any questions or to send your stories, please email Xiaoxiao.Wang@fao.org and yemi.adeyeye@ypard.net using the subject A GREEN JOB STORY.

Best wishes,

YPARD Director